Search Results: "Sylvia Nasar"


BOOK REVIEW

A BEAUTIFUL MIND by Sylvia Nasar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"Impressively researched and detailed, but still fails to shed much light on the mysteries of genius and insanity."
A biography about a mathematical genius who suffered from schizophrenia, miraculously recovered, and later received the Nobel Prize in 1994. Read full book review >

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GRAND PURSUIT by Sylvia Nasar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"This broad-sweep introduction adds an important historical dimension to current debates on the future of the American economy."
A popular treatment of the emergence of political economics, as well as a discussion of the major unresolved issues still on the table today, such as the role of government in managing society versus the efficacy of the free market. Read full book review >

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EARTHBORN by Sylvia Waugh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"The combination of advanced but conveniently arbitrary alien science, a series of encounters with a bully that muddies Nesta's character rather than clarifying it, and space-filling subplots tied to the prequel further enervate this confusing, illogical tale. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In this weak, talky sequel to Space Race (2000), a child forces her parents to make a heartbreaking choice after learning that they're aliens from another planet. Read full book review >

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FOCUS: FOUR WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS by Sylvia Wolf
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The photographs are beautifully reproduced and precisely credited, each one a masterpiece. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
In her amazing first book for young readers, Wolf tells the stories of five women photographers from Victorian times through the present. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 15, 1989

Thompson's celebration of feasts and friends is one of those gastronomic autobiographies in the tradition of her godmother, MFK Fisher (who provides a one-page introduction here), and resembling Nika Hazelton's recent Ups and Downs (1988) in its appreciative but less-than-vivid memories of the international assortment of family, friends, neighbors, hired cooks, and boarding hostesses who introduced her to the featured dishes and cuisines. Read full book review >

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MORALITY TALE by Sylvia Brownrigg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2008

"Slow plotting and an exhaustingly cerebral narrator muffle the impact of the author's interesting experiments with tone."
Emma Bovary wannabe ponders an alternative to her mundane domestic lifestyle in this dreamlike but grating modern fable. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A book that should have wide appeal, not only to those fighting the battle of the bulge."
Americans spend more money on the war against fat than the war against terror. As Tara writes, "we are indeed a nation at war with a body part." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 1993

"Well detailed—but the astonishing adventure of HPB's life too often gets lost beneath Cranston's piousness. (Photographs—not seen.)"
One of the towering—and most controversial—figures in occult history, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-91) cofounded the Theosophical Society and profoundly influenced the spread of Eastern and (many would say) pseudo-Eastern spiritual doctrines in the West. Read full book review >

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APPLEBY HOUSE by Sylvia Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"For living-theater fans only."
A plain-Jane year in the life of a single woman in London, told with deadening restraint. Read full book review >

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REVENGE ON THE FLY by Sylvia McNicoll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"An entertaining visit to the past with a likable guide on a spirited—if icky—quest. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A fly-catching contest comes to dominate the life of new Irish immigrant Will in 1912 Hamilton, Ontario. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1999

"Even those who have never ventured under the sea will appreciate this enthusiastic guide. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Earle (Dive!, p. 64) again transports readers to the ocean's depths, this time to introduce the weird and beautiful inhabitants of the coral reef. Read full book review >

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SPACE RACE by Sylvia Waugh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Aimless, patchy, uninspired work from an author who has done much better. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Though anchored by heartfelt feelings of love and loss, this diaphanous tale is unlikely to engage readers the way Waugh's more arrestingly premised "Mennyms" series has. Read full book review >