Search Results: "Simon Winchester"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Winchester's passionate research—on sea and land—undergirds this superb analysis of a world wonder that we seem hellbent on damaging."
The preternaturally curious writer about everything from the Oxford English Dictionary to volcanoes to the Atlantic Ocean (Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, 2010, etc.) returns with a series of high-resolution literary snapshots of the Pacific Ocean.Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Stormy weather elegantly explained. (recommended reading, acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Hurricanes, typhoons, and tornadoes bring disaster around the world. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 1998

"First-rate writing: well-crafted, incisive, abundantly playful. (b&w photos, not seen) (Book- of-the-Month Club selection)"
Remarkably readable, this chronicle of lexicography roams from the great dictionary itself to hidden nooks in the human psyche that sometimes house the motives for murder, the sources for sanity, and the blueprint for creativity. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Another winning book from a historian whose passion for his subjects saturates his works."
Using a nifty structure around the five classic elements of wood, earth, water, fire and metal, Winchester (Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, 2010, etc.) celebrates the brains and brawn that forged America's Manifest Destiny. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"Winchester is an engaging tour guide, and his tale a humbling one. Humankind exists, he concludes, by 'the planet's consent.'"
From Chinatown street corners to outer space, an enlightening and edifying examination of the catastrophic San Francisco earthquake of April 1906 and how it shaped subsequent American history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"A lifetime of thought, travel, reading, imagination and memory inform this affecting account."
The prolific journalist and historian returns with a story both geographically immense and profoundly personal. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2003

"Supremely well told: a fine exception to the dull run of most geological writing."
A vivid reconstruction of a volcanic explosion felt around the world—and a tale of curious twists it is. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Absorbing and always, thanks to Winchester's intelligence and firsthand knowledge, quite believable."
Hong Kong resident Winchester—a Manchester Guardian correspondent whose nonfiction Their Noble Lordships (1982) and Pacific Rising (1991) dished up the House of Lords and the Pacific Rim respectively—treats the breakup of China as future historical fiction. Read full book review >

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THE ALICE BEHIND WONDERLAND by Simon Winchester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2011

"Quite a slender volume—the actual narrative runs under 100 pages—but, as usual with Winchester, well-founded, witty and perceptive."
Winchester (Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, 2010, etc.) offers his take on the relationship between author/amateur photographer Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) and Alice Pleasance Liddell—the "Alice" in his Wonderland and the subject of a certain unsettling photograph. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WITH THE ELECTRIFIED BRAIN by Simon Winchester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"All the more effective through its matter-of-fact understatement, as it illuminates mysteries it can't resolve."
A short, scary and ultimately redemptive recounting of the veteran journalist's mental breakdown. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A magnificent account, swift and compelling, of obsession, scholarship, and, ultimately, philanthropy of the first magnitude. (30 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
The conception, gestation, and birth of the world's most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary. Read full book review >