Search Results: "Stephen R. Palumbi"


BOOK REVIEW

THE EXTREME LIFE OF THE SEA by Stephen R. Palumbi
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2014

"A sparkling appreciation of the wonderful variety of marine life that also communicates an important message."
An exploration of the sea, "our most fertile stage, populated by wonderfully colorful characters acting out their lives in a daily drama." Read full book review >

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WHOSE SHOES? by Stephen R. Swinburne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"EWSLUGp1991, but as that work is out of print, this will substitute nicely. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Firefighter, chef, mail carrier, ballerina, clown, farmer, soccer player, National Guard soldier and construction worker are depicted through their footwear in this photo essay that asks the title question over and over. Read full book review >

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WHAT’S OPPOSITE? by Stephen R. Swinburne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The opening page, of two feet, one clad in a tie-dyed sock and one with its little toes each painted a different color, and the last shot, of a tiny baby hand atop an adult one, bookend the images with an opposite of their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A photo essay in candy-bright colors that does better with its defining visuals than its text. Read full book review >

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SAVING MANATEES by Stephen R. Swinburne
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Up-to-date and informative, this will be a welcome addition to the shelf of information on endangered species in any library. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Around 3,000 West Indian manatees live in Florida's fresh- and saltwaters. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1987

"Mordant's Need resembles the thousands of three-decker idylls that once filled 19th-century home libraries—huge, purple entertainments whose breeziness and sweetness Filled a passing need but now lack the least murmur of life."
The conclusion of Donaldson's two-volume fantasy epic, Mordant's Need, begun with Mirror of Her Dreams (1986). Read full book review >

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THE WOUNDED LAND by Stephen R. Donaldson
Released: June 16, 1980

"Wretched."
Donaldson's trilogy The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever (1977), though a work of less saccharine escapism than most heroic fantasies, cannot be said to merit a sequel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A rapidly paced story of adventure 'to be appreciated as a reminder of the power of nature and of the struggle and triumph over disaster…and of the powerful urge to persevere and return home.'"
That Vitus Bering (1681-1741) sailed into the Bering Strait is no secret, but few outside Russia know how he did it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A well-delineated, exciting history of a particularly contentious period of international trade, which persisted for centuries until Spain and Portugal grew too weak to resist and did not disappear until nations decided that oceans should be open to all."
Spanish-Portuguese quarrels, the voyages of discovery and an obscure 1494 treaty led to centuries of worldwide conflict, events all rousingly recounted here by Canada-based historian Bown (Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600-1900, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 19, 1995

"An estimable contribution to the quiet debate on an issue of genuine, if unappreciated, consequence for the electorate."
An ex-insider's thoughtful case for the proposition that since the end of WW II the US Congress has effectively abdicated its responsibility to play an active, vital role in the nation's foreign affairs. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 17, 1977

"Preachier than Tolkien, yet conversely conveying a more sophisticated sense of moral complexities, Donaldson's trilogy is a Hawed and erratic work, but not an inconsiderable one."
Heroic fantasy stalks our anti-heroic age as if bent on providing a thesis for every cultural sociologist in the land. Read full book review >