Search Results: "Steve Olson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2002

"Olson takes a major step in the right direction, but it will be a long journey."
The take-home message of this five-continent trek by science writer Olson (Biotechnology, not reviewed) is that races don't exist: genetically, we are all sisters and brothers under the skin. Read full book review >

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ERUPTION by Steve Olson
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2016

"A riveting trek combining enthralling nature writing with engaging social history."
A National Book Award finalist unravels the compelling back story of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Humble, challenging and inspiring."
With the assistance of science journalist Olson (Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past Through Our Genes, 2002, etc.), Bad Religion leader Graffin presents a memoir of a life lived "at the intersection of evolutionary biology and punk rock." Read full book review >

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TICKLE, TICKLE! ITCH, TWITCH! by Julie Olson
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

A mischievous mouse plays a trick on a slumbering groundhog. Read full book review >

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WRITE LETTER TO BILLY by Toby Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The bottom line: too much going on, too many coincidences to allow either the mystery or the search for deeper meaning to become credible."
An unsolved murder pulls together the varied threads of a story that relies heavily on coincidence in reuniting a father with his teenaged daughter, and a brother with his Siamese twin, while also self-consciously exploring memory and identity. Read full book review >

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THE ICON by Neil Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"A passable debut with good scenery."
Old enemies from the partisan warfare in WWII Greece bring their various lusts for an ancient Byzantine icon to New York City and Westchester. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"Feel-good histories of World War II have fallen out of fashion, but Britain's sole stand against Hitler remains inspiring. Despite the title, the occupied nations that she sheltered did not 'turn the tide,' but Olson delivers an engrossing, sometimes-disturbing account of their energetic efforts."
A "rich, intensely human story" of European cooperation during World War II. Read full book review >

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SEAVIEW by Toby Olson
Released: March 1, 1982

"Unfortunately, however, the disastrous overload of the rest—with Olson attempting to put Indians, cancer, golf, and drugs in one lumpy narrative package—means that only intrepid, boredom-tolerant readers will come upon the genuinely fine moments here."
Though certainly a failure—ponderous, unpaced, lurching, implausible—poet Olson's second work of fiction (The Life of Jesus was his first) nonetheless has about it an imagistic, visionary hunger that's striking, that sets it apart. Read full book review >

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AT SEA by Toby Olson
Released: May 1, 1993

"Instead of dragging down Olson's imagination, the formulaic conventions actually provide backbone for this pipe-dream of a cop story."
Olson's feverish novels (Utah, 1987, etc.) have always leaned toward menace, and it's not surprising to see him try his hand at a true-blue detective story. Read full book review >

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CHICAGO RENAISSANCE by Liesl Olson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A valuable, perspective-shifting work of both cultural and Midwestern history."
A strong argument for the Midwestern city's place as a hub for modernism as vibrant as Paris, Berlin, and New York. Read full book review >

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TWISTED FATE by Norah Olson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A goose-bump-raising psychological thriller that will engross even the most jaded mystery enthusiast. (Thriller. 14-18)"
In this bracing tale of modern teenhood, the lives of estranged sisters Ally and Syd become re-entwined through an obsession with a mercurial boy. Read full book review >

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JOYRIDE by Gretchen Olson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Some will want to balance this employer's-eye view of migrant labor with books such as S. Beth Atkin's Voices from the Fields (1993, not reviewed), but Olson knows how to keep readers turning the pages. (Fiction. 10-13)"
An affluent Oregon teenager undergoes some value adjustment when he's forced to help a grower with the strawberry harvest in this earnest and engaging debut. Read full book review >