Search Results: "Stephen J. Whitfield"


BOOK REVIEW

IN SEARCH OF AMERICAN JEWISH CULTURE by Stephen J. Whitfield
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 24, 1999

"If readers can stay with him that long, they may be rewarded for the effort."
Whitfield (American Studies/Brandeis; A Death in the Delta: The Life of Emmett Till, 1988) examines the complex interplay between Jewish newcomers to the US and the culture they helped shape. Read full book review >

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JO GAR’S CASEBOOK by Raoul Whitfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2003

"Black Mask fans will be especially intrigued to find just how quiet stories can be without losing their hardboiled edge."
Although best known as the author of the hardboiled novel Green Ice (1930), Whitfield was in his time (1897-1945) one of the most popular and prolific suppliers of short fiction to Black Mask. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PICKFORD by Eileen Whitfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Any record of these losses, even an unremarkable one such as Whitfield's, thus ought to be valued by those who care about film. (60 b&w photos, not seen)"
A capable account of the life and times of one of the greats of the silent-movie era. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING'S WRONG WITH YOUR SCALE! by Van Whitfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Amusing, but little else."
Whitfield's second novel (after Beeperless Remote, 1996), a romantic comedy set in the social swarm of contemporary weight-loss culture, is just about as thin as the characters wish their stomachs were. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHITE SISTER by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Hip-hop, slam-bang, slap-dash."
More mindless action in the Shane Scully series (Vertical Coffin, 2004, etc.), with our hero adrift in the wild world of rap. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A rich collection of cautionary tales with considerable relevance—carefully elucidated throughout—to human health and disease."
The head of the National Institutes of Health's Laboratory of Genomic Diversity weds gene sleuthing to studies of animals in the wild and combines them with molecular clocks to time evolutionary events, in the process educating readers about what has happened and what can happen to species, including us. Read full book review >

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THE PROSTITUTES' BALL by Stephen J. Cannell
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Fast, funny and delightfully twisty—the best Scully yet."
In Shane Scully's tenth (The Pallbearers, 2010, etc.), the savvy LAPD cop encounters Hollywood glitz, a homicide blitz and almost nothing that is what it seems to be. Read full book review >

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VIGILANTE by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Well plotted and smartly paced. Scully goes out a winner."
In his valedictory case, LAPD Detective Shane Scully (The Prostitutes' Ball, 2010, etc.) finds real danger in the dubious world of reality TV. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A learned and ingenious book, likely to be influential in the history of humankind's relationship with the environment. (65 illustrations, maps)"
A dense but highly readable illustrated history of fire's role in the forging of European civilization. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 17, 1992

"Clear and well-researched: an invaluable history for those interested in one of the more fascinating forms of the American religious experience. (Fifty-seven illustrations—not seen.)"
An unusually comprehensive and eminently readable chronicle of more than two centuries of Shaker life, from its rough beginning in the late 18th century to its diminished yet still significant presence today. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAVERICK HEART by Stephen J. May
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A fine job: May's attentions may well inspire new interest in Grey's largely forgotten work."
A well-crafted biography of the western writer. Read full book review >