Search Results: "Stephan Rechtschaffen"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"Relationships based on sex are bound to fail if we're bent on conquering the object of our love''), Rechtschaffen's facile, often preachy style reduces his truths to truisms. (First serial to New Woman magazine; Literary Guild Selection; author tour)"
Yet another book teaching busy Americans how to slow down and savor the moment. Read full book review >

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THE DROWNING OF STEPHAN JONES by Bette Greene
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A story with a significant theme, but without the artistic distinction of the author's early books. (Fiction. 14+)"
A noted author (Summer of My German Soldier, 1973) depicts the tragic effects of homophobia, with results that are more polemical than literary. Read full book review >

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TIMMY FAILURE by Stephan Pastis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A loonily intellectual alternative to that wimpy kid. (Comic mystery. 8-12)"
If Inspector Clouseau were in grade school, he'd be Timmy Failure. Read full book review >

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MAMASAURUS by Stephan Lomp
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Like P.D. Eastman's 1960 classic Are You My Mother? for the dino set, though it lacks the facts (and even the dinosaur names!) presented elsewhere, as in Shari Halpern's Dinosaur Parade (2014). (Picture book. 3-5)"
A small dinosaur needs help from other dino babies when he slides off his mother's back and can't find her again. Read full book review >

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TIMMY FAILURE by Stephan Pastis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Timmy Failure is a classic antihero: Some readers will be drawn to the book because of him; others will be drawn to it in spite of him. (Comic mystery. 8-12)"
This is a book about very nice people. None of them is Timmy Failure. Read full book review >

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TIMMY FAILURE by Stephan Pastis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Timmy may not be one of the great children's-book characters, but he has greatness in him. Just like all of us. (Comic mystery. 8-12)"
The great children's-book characters can get on your nerves. Eloise is a little spoiled. The Cat in the Hat refuses to listen to anyone else. Timmy Failure would be easy to actually hate. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2010

"A solid journalistic exposé."
Philadelphia Inquirer journalist Salisbury explores the reprisals against Muslim communities in Philadelphia and beyond since the beginning of the War on Terror. Read full book review >

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THE LAST GIRL by Stephan Collishaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"Post-Soviet absurdity and a unflinching history rendered in effective prose."
Noirish mystery of a lost manuscript in a post-Soviet Lithuania, a country where poetry once made a difference. Read full book review >

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GOING POSTAL by Stephan Jaramillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 1997

"Jokes about Charles Manson and designer coffee—this pointless debut appeals to the lowest common denominator of slacker chic, itself a rather passÇ phenomenon."
The title is the only funny thing about this fictional memoir of a mailman's son, a 27-year-old slacker who's haunted by ``the Evil Seed of Postal Hate.'' His juvenile rants and violent fantasies add to the sense that he's really just slumming in Bukowski-land. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2012

"A lively, rollicking good read."
The exciting, improbable adventures of a young Spanish spy who managed to become Britain's most effective tool in deceiving Hitler. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2009

"Dark, intriguing military history."
Journalist Talty (Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign, 2007, etc.) examines how typhus became the primary killer in Napoleon's disastrous 1812 invasion of Russia. Read full book review >

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ATTILA'S TREASURE by Stephan Grundy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Strong anthropological fantasy, with well-drawn characters and great insight into the clash of cultures at a crucial point in history."
In Rhinegold (1994), Grundy offered a life of Sigifrith (Wagner's Siegfried) combining anthropology and magical fantasy. Read full book review >