Search Results: "Sam Kean"


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CAESAR'S LAST BREATH by Sam Kean
NON-FICTION
Released: July 18, 2017

"Great fun for general readers curious about our world and an especially appropriate gift for a young person considering a career in the sciences."
A witty book that turns the science of the stuff we breathe into a delightful romp through history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 12, 2010

"Entertaining and enlightening."
In his debut, Science magazine reporter Kean uses the periodic table as a springboard for an idiosyncratic romp through the history of science. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 2014

"Compulsively readable, wicked scientific fun."
Neurosurgery has come a long way since the 16th century, and this series of historical anecdotes traces the many people who, often by suffering horrific injuries, allowed the study and treatment of brain trauma to evolve and become the sophisticated field it is today. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 17, 2012

"In an impressive narrative, the author renders esoteric DNA concepts accessible to lay readers."
Science writer Kean (The Disappearing Spoon: and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, 2010) returns with another wide-ranging, entertaining look at science history, this time focusing on the many mysteries of DNA. Read full book review >

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MARCH GRAND PRIX by Kean Soo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An unfalteringly sunny, action-driven collection. (Graphic adventure. 7-11)"
Known as "the fast and the furriest," March Hare and his porcine sidekick, Hammond, race to adventure in three different illustrated tales. Read full book review >

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JELLABY by Kean Soo
by Kean Soo, illustrated by Kean Soo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Recommend this to fans of Jeff Smith's Bone series, Andy Runton's Owly series and Sara Varon's Robot Dreams(2007). (Graphic novel. 9-12)"
Simple, effective illustrations introduce ten-year-old misfit Portia, an intelligent, socially ostracized and lonely girl, living with her single working mother. Read full book review >

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SURVIVING DEATH by Leslie Kean
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"Those given to believe in ghosts, heaven, and white lights will find this a fine example of confirmation bias, while those who are not will not be swayed."
A glimpse through the veils separating this world from the next. Read full book review >

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"Real passion and outrage on subjects public and private; less-than-stellar execution."
Ironies abound in this collection of poems on war, politics, history and society. Read full book review >

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THE PLEDGE by Rob Kean
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 25, 1999

"Irritating when it's not merely silly'sordid, outlandish, and dispiriting."
A less-than-rewarding debut thriller about rampant campus wickedness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2006

"A valuable resource for those needing proof that the government machine could use a good overhaul."
A carefully nonpartisan examination of the events surrounding 9/11 and the government's response—or lack of response—to them. Read full book review >

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I AM OTTER by Sam Garton
Kirkus Star
by Sam Garton, illustrated by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 29, 2014

"Hysterical. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bright and hilarious escapade about an otter who, bored while her owner's at work, opens a toast restaurant. Read full book review >