Search Results: "Stephen Porter"


BOOK REVIEW

PLENTY PORTER by Brandon Noonan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"This first novel occasionally has the feel of a writing exercise, but it is also smooth and compelling reading for long stretches, even if the end doesn't adequately match the beginning and middle. (Fiction. YA)"
Plenty Porter is the youngest of 11 children ("eleven is plenty," said her parents) in rural Illinois, in this story told mostly in the first person in the years 1952-53 as Plenty approaches and then turns 13. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN SPENDER by John Sutherland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Pays fitting tribute to a man who was as admirable as he was gifted."
An excellent account of the British poet's life, particularly strong on his personality, literary friendships, and political activism. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN FAIR by Tim Wynne-Jones
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"An intense study in friendship and troubled family relations, in which the steadiest characters are the teenagers. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Recurrent nightmares and a strong feeling that his mother is hiding something haunt a teenager in this ethereal novel from Wynne-Jones (The Maestro, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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STEPHEN CRANE by Mark Sufrin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 30, 1992

"Bibliography; b&w photos and index not seen. (Biography. 12+)"
An intelligent, beautifully written portrait of ``the first great pyro-technician of the novel, [who] probably wrote more trash than any other serious novelist of his time'' (Alfred Kazin): a strait-laced Methodist minister's rebellious son, who died in 1900, at 28, after a remarkably eventful life. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN HAWKING by Kitty Ferguson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A fascinating portrait of a complex figure who ponders the place of man and God in the universe and who still loves the 'Eureka moment of discovering something that no one knew before.'"
Ferguson (Pythagoras, 2010, etc.) brilliantly updates her 1991 children's biography of Stephen Hawking for an adult audience. Read full book review >

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COLE PORTER by William McBrien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"McBrien obviously appreciates and loves his subject, but his book lacks two things needed to convey Porter's essence: wit and rue. (72 illustrations, not seen)"
A comprehensive biography that ultimately seems rather like a 400-page Cole Porter song list. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"B&w photos; graphs and diagrams; full source notes; bibliography; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 13+)"
Hawking is both a scientific superstar and a man widely admired for overcoming—indeed, all but ignoring—the degenerative muscular disease ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), which has robbed him of almost all movement but left his mind intact. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN FLORIDA by Gabe Habash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A lively, occasionally harrowing journey into obsession."
A college wrestler is driven to win, to the detriment of his mental health. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 22, 1999

"Although not an authorized biography (Spender wanted an Englishman), Leeming's work has the feel of one in its diffident summarization and reticent analysis of the life. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A "Pylon Poet's" progress over the century, from the official biographer of James Baldwin. Read full book review >

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EVEN STEPHEN by Johanna Hurwitz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"His emotional crisis takes place in so few pages that it's almost pointless, but it's also the only real action in the book. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10+)"
According to his younger sister Sunny, who narrates this novel, there isn't anything at which Stephen, 17, doesn't excel: He has perfect SAT scores, girls drool at the sight of him, he's a star athlete, and has been accepted not only at Harvard but Yale, Princeton, and MIT as well. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1992

"A fascinating story overall, with the added plus that White and Gribbin are able to translate Hawking's bestselling A Brief History of Time for those who bought the book but found it incomprehensible."
White (Director of Science Studies/d'Overbroeck's College, Oxford) and Gribbin (Cosmic Coincidences, 1989, etc.) have produced a definitive biography of arguably the best-known cosmologist in the world. Read full book review >