Search Results: "Stephen Schwartz"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 1998

"This would have worked better as one volume in a multi- volume project—or as a straight-shooting labor history."
This attempt to place California at the center of our national consciousness starts out with great ambition but gets bogged down in an extensive look at Communism in the Bear Flag Republic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"A ringing condemnation of 'Wahhabi obscurantism and its totalitarian state' that is sure to cause controversy—and perhaps inspire a few contingency plans in the Pentagon."
A provocative entry on Islam, from Schwartz (From West to East: California and the Making of the American Mind, 1998), who lays blame on the Saudi regime for the attacks of 9/11. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"A useful introduction to Sufi doctrine and history—but prepare for a sermon, too."
A convert's guide, written with a convert's zeal, to the millennium-old Sufi tradition within Islam. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAT by Stephen Jay Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

A harrowing catalog of all the bad things that happen to the two of you and everyone else when you fall in love with a prostitute. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLIE AND UNCLE BILL by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2012

"Emerging readers will appreciate the feel of a chapter book, but this dynamic duo will surely be adored (and envied) by all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Uncle Bill visits, adventure is never far behind! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GLORIOUS DAY by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A sensitive observer in top form, Schwartz has created a treasure of a tale that captures marvels in everyday life. (Picture book. 5-7)"
With perfect pitch and hilariously deadpan delivery, Schwartz follows a two- (or so) year-old through an ordinary, completely wonderful day. Read full book review >

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THINGS I LEARNED IN SECOND GRADE by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Just right. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When red-headed Andrew started second grade, he didn't know how to spell "should," subtract 348 from 411, write in cursive, or read a chapter book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOME BABIES by Amy Schwartz
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Very small children will love the lists, and somewhat older children will get a glimpse into the secret life of parenthood. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A wry and winsome reality infuses this anti-bedtime story, which sounds as though it could have been transcribed from life, only better. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOYS TEAM by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Boys will probably like this, but it will leave little girls feeling like the last person to be picked for the softball game. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Schwartz (Some Babies, 2000, etc.) presents a first-person narrative of a trio of kindergarten-age boys who enjoy the tight, three-way friendship they call the "Boys Team." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAMPER OF THE WEEK by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A real winner. (Picture book. 5-9)"
For the younger set, tough moral choices treated with respect and memorable humor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALBERT GOES HOLLYWOOD by Henry Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"One of the better dinosaur fantasies. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Like the Biggest Bear, the friendly blue dinosaur that Liz brought home to L.A. from Baja California (How I Captured a Dinosaur, 1989) is growing so huge that he's becoming a problem: The PTA can no longer foot his food bill in exchange for educational services, and his job as a lifeguard ends with the summer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POLKA DOTS FOR POPPY by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A spot-on depiction of sisterly love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Three girls help their baby sister get the clothing she covets. Read full book review >