Search Results: "Samuel Arbesman"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Does what popular science should do—both engages and entertains."
Absorbing and approachable treatise on the nature of facts: what they are, how and why they change and how they sometimes don't (despite being wrong). Read full book review >

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WAGA'S BIG SCARE by Samuel Hiti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"The ending may leave younger or more sensitive readers unsettled, so save this slim, adrenaline-fueled tale for those who crave a true, if ephemeral, fright. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Waga is a monster that is mean, tricky and possesses the "biggest scare." But when Waga loses that scare, the monster's very existence is in jeopardy. Read full book review >

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AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT by Samuel Lock
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Told in the voice of a now older and wiser Richard, Lock's charming, conversational novel is enchanting enough that gaps in the story don't seem to matter."
A first novel by British playwright and screenwriter Lock offers an endearing coming-of-age fable set in London in the 1950s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"God-fearers), but his study reinforces the perception that his subjects live in a simply perceived world of theological givens."
An ethnographer's safari into the black-and-white world of Ultra-Orthodox Jews. Read full book review >

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The Slush Pile Brigade by Samuel Marquis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A fresh concept and protagonist that breathe life into a conventional but exciting actioner."
In Marquis' debut thriller, a man hoping to confront the author who plagiarized his unpublished work winds up in the middle of a CIA operation to take down Russian mobsters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 2010

"Despite a few duds, this is a well-made anthology, of much interest to students of world literature and of the contemporary Arab world."
A well-conceived gathering of poems, short stories and other work by 39 Arab writers under the age of 40. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"More suggestive than conclusive in its analysis of the validity of the myth, Hynes's account of the impact of a terrible war is still rich and satisfying. (Sixteen-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Continuing the ground-breaking work of Paul Fussell in The Great War and Modern Memory, Hynes (Flights of Passage, 1988, etc.; Literature/Princeton) looks into the origin and impact of the myth that came into being to explain the significance of WW I. That myth depicted an idyllic England shattered irrevocably by the onslaught of a cruel and unnecessary way, by a generation of brave and idealistic young men lost in trench warfare prolonged by stupid generals and unimaginative politicians, and by the subsequent rejection by the embittered survivors of the values of their society. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The author's research is commendable, but it swamps readers with too many details."
How an 1897 boxing match helped make cinema history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1972

"But collectively they impart precisely that sense of fleeting discontinuity which Hynes claims for the age."
Hynes (The Edwardian Turn of Mind, 1968) has here gathered his more incidental writings on the intellectual vagaries of that cultural interregnum which began in 1900 with the death of Queen Victoria and ended abruptly in August, 1914. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PIECE OF HEAVEN by Barbara Samuel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"The point? Apparently none."
Mixed-up mom reconnects with mixed-up daughter in another confused family saga from second-novelist Samuel (No Place Like Home, 2001) Read full book review >