Search Results: "Stuart G. Shanker"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Long-winded, but well-reasoned: a provocative, useful aid in understanding the ongoing debate on human development."
Two psychologists team up for a thorough, fairly readable study of cognitive development from earliest hominids to humans, placing strenuous emphasis on emotional interaction between infant and caregiver outlined in Greenspan's The Growth of the Mind (1997). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 2016

"Comprehensive data backs up a much-tested system that assists parents in getting their children to a calmer state of mind."
Helping your child destress. Read full book review >

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MISSING MITTENS by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"Once the culprit is revealed, readers will want to go back and find him in each scene. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Murphy's newest addition to the MathStart series (Probably Pistachio, see below, etc.) introduces readers to the concept of odd and even numbers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"A mildly reassuring argument that, after an expensive and massive effort, terrorism seems on the decline."
Spectacular events such as Osama bin Laden's assassination make headlines, but this book makes a case that intelligence (both tactical and cerebral) leads the battle against international terrorism. Read full book review >

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SPACED OUT by Stuart Gibbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Fans of the first book will find this a decent mystery but also a bit of a letdown; here's hoping things pick up again in the next volume. (Mystery. 9-14)"
Another mystery presents itself on Moon Base Alpha. Read full book review >

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VIETNAM WAR by Stuart Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A powerful and illuminating overview of the war in Vietnam even though the facts fly like the detonation of an antipersonnel mine. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Murray provides a fact-filled tour d'horizon of the wars suffered by Vietnam from World War II to the Paris Peace Accords. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2013

"An intractable, unwieldy story both intimate and universal, handled expertly by Stuart."
The tortuous, unsweetened story of the author's English forebear as he migrated to Barbados to grow rich from sugar and slavery. Read full book review >

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THE TOWER, THE ZOO, AND THE TORTOISE by Julia Stuart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"Stuart's second novel (The Matchmaker of Périgord, 2008) employs a whimsical over-the-top style that occasionally draws attention to itself, but the tale is grounded by the moving central love story. This sweet romp will appeal to history buffs."
A sensitive Beefeater, his wife and assorted other eccentrics cope with modern life in the infamous Tower of London. Read full book review >

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ORCHID BLUES by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Saturday matinee fodder that'll keep you turning pages faster than an Elect recruit can field-strip a sidearm—though it'll help if your own capacity for critical reflection is just as low."
How could Florida's Orchid Beach Police Chief Holly Barker outdo her action-packed debut (Orchid Beach, 1998)? By losing her bridegroom to the lunatic terrorists who, having failed to kill presidential candidate William Henry Lee in The Run (2000), are trying again now that he's been elected. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STANDUP GUY by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"The subplots lead nowhere, and the main upshot of Fratelli's little problem is some uncharacteristically salty language."
New York attorney Stone Barrington (Doing Hard Time, 2013, etc.) reaps the whirlwind after advising a walk-in client how to live safely on several million dollars in ill-gotten gains. Read full book review >

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TALES OUT OF SCHOOL by Stuart Newton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2009

"A frank but discursive fictional look at an underappreciated profession."
A series of interconnected short stories recount the highs and lows of a teaching career. Read full book review >