Search Results: "Stephen R. Platt"


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STEPHEN BIESTY'S INCREDIBLE CROSS-SECTIONS by Richard Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-80+)"
Biesty, who specializes in historical and architectural cutaway drawings, dissects 18 buildings, vehicles, etc. (castle to space shuttle), to show their veins, sinews, and bones. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN BIESTY'S CROSS-SECTIONS: CASTLE by Richard Platt
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Technically a gem, but not nearly as satisfying as Macaulay's Castle. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 8+)"
Another Biesty marvel, the pages thronging with detail and color, bursting at the seams from all the information per square inch, and filled with wonderful oddities secreted in the illustrations (don't miss the prisoner left to rot in the fittingly named ``forget-me-not''). Read full book review >

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STEPHEN BIESTY'S INCREDIBLE EXPLOSIONS by Richard Platt
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"A fun-filled ride and fact-packed frolic for the whole family. (index) (Picture book. 6+)"
Once again, this team (Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections: Castle, 1994, etc.) invite readers on a fabulous tour that leads from an ``exploded'' view of the human body (all anatomy, skin, clothes, and accessories clearly visible in systematic drawings in which the mustache hovers in front of skin, the skin hovers in front of muscle and bone, etc.), through the geology of the Grand Canyon, and up into the proposed US-Soviet space station. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"The author raises a curtain to show us events largely unknown in the West—yet achingly familiar as well."
During years that overlapped the American Civil War, the Chinese were engaged in their own self-destructive conflict (1851-1864), which eventually claimed more than 20 million lives. 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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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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R-HU by Leslie Scalapino
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Demanding and strange, at times curiously affecting, more often simply infuriating."
The r-hu, we're told, is a Mongolian stringed instrument. 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 >