Search Results: "Sharman Apt Russell"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Highly enjoyable: a modest lepidopterous encyclopedia that piques and prods the reader into wanting to know much more. (Illustrations)"
Consider the butterfly, says Russell (Anatomy of a Rose, 2001, etc.), and it will expand your appreciation of the natural world just as it has, for centuries, expanded our souls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR by Sharman Apt Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"By turns bawdy and bold, Russell shifts between precise, accurate scientific description and sheer absurdity, which renders this ambitious tale of human hubris quite uneven and eventually implausible."
Struck by catastrophes like a fatal supervirus, 23rd-century Earth has become a world of peaceful, nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes living harmoniously in nature alongside telepathic animal clones resuscitated from the Pleistocene era, until an invention created by an unlikely alliance alters the future. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"The West needs a new image, and she's given us many to choose from."
Take the cowboy, please, and send him packing, along with all his mythological baggage—or so argues Russell (Writing/Western New Mexico University) in this provocative and iconoclastic study. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"A modestly satisfying read for flower fanatics."
Twelve poetic essays in which a nature writer draws on botanical research, theories of evolution, and her own emotional experiences to explore the roles flowers play in our lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"Agile, cerebral, ruminative, entirely satisfying."
A leisurely, recondite crawl through various conundrums besetting today's archaeologists, elegantly handled by one of their own. Read full book review >

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THE HUMPBACKED FLUTEPLAYER by Sharman Apt Russell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"And neither May, who never expresses any yearning for her lost family, or Evan, homesick but unbelievably lacking in initiative for one so smart, develops into the kind of dynamic protagonist such a fantasy requires. (Fiction. 9-12)"
On a class field trip outside Phoenix, Arizona, May and Evan are swept into the area's mythological past when May touches a petroglyph of a flute-playing man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2008

"A deep reverence for nature shines throughout Russell's rich, enjoyable text."
The author weaves together an account of a single year in rural New Mexico with a history of the pantheistic tradition from ancient Greece to the present day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUNGER by Sharman Apt Russell
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"<\b>Against Hunger for reducing hunger in the world. While the subject is often somber, the presentation is one of verve and style-and the end-of-book notes provide a useful guide for readers whose interest has been piqued."
An engrossing account of the myriad aspects of hunger, from its psychological and physical effects on the body to the spiritual, therapeutic and political motivations for fasting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY RUSSELL by Brad Sneed
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"An unusual and original barnyard tour. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his first solo book, the illustrator of Grandpa's Song (1991) tells a familiar story: a kitten, longing for an important job, volunteers for one farm task after another (``You're too cute,'' barks the dog. ``You gotta have a mean look and a low growl to protect the farm'') until the farmer points out what a fine playmate he makes for a little girl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"In Russell's paradox of a life, Monk uncompromisingly, enlighteningly reveals a complex mixture of caddishly cold behavior, profound intellectual passion, and a fierce social conscience. (illustrations, not seen)"
This first volume of Monk's biography cohesively, skeptically analyzes the aristocratic philosopher's mathematically logical intellect, Victorian purposefulness, and Edwardian mores. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2001

"Monk's generally negative portrait may alienate the great man's devotees, but it's the product of meticulous research and balanced by the biographer's esteem for a great intellect and outsized personality. (illustrations not seen)"
An outstanding conclusion to the story begun in Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude, 1872-1921 (1996): the tragedy of a brilliant but flawed thinker who mistreated the humans closest to him while promoting humanity in the abstract. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Person offers an excellent guide to his legacy. (15 b&w photos)"
A concise, lucid tour of the writings and wide-ranging ideas of the American regarded in many quarters as "the founder of the modern conservative movement." Read full book review >