Search Results: "Thomas Hauser"


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MARK TWAIN REMEMBERS by Thomas Hauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

"Regrettably, Hauser's Twain doesn—t write as well as the original, and the novel is riddled with lengthy passages of history that read like a college textbook—and with clichÇs that Twain would surely have eschewed."
In his first novel in eight years (The Hawthorne Group, 1991), the author of Muhammad Ali (1991) and other nonfiction draws heavily on his interest in boxing. Read full book review >

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THE BAKER'S TALE by Thomas Hauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A smudgy parable of industrialization wrapped in a sappy love story, Hauser's new novel once again piggybacks off the achievements of a genius."
Extrapolating from a Charles Dickens quote and "comingling" his own words with those of Dickens again, Hauser (The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens, 2014, etc.) delivers a preachy vision of Victorian England where idyllic romance and rapacious capitalism collide.Read full book review >

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THE HAWTHORNE GROUP by Thomas Hauser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 27, 1991

"As such, it's not half bad."
A strange hybrid from the author of Missing and The Beethoven Conspiracy: a lonely 40-ish New York woman's struggles to make it in a new career are complicated when it turns out that her boss is trying to bring the whole Third World into the Atomic Age. Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Thomas Hauser
NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 1991

"A walkover for Ali but a disappointment for those with even a passing interest in the sweet science's grittier realities. (Twenty-four pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A detailed, if hagiographic, account of Ali's public career and private life. Read full book review >

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THE FINAL RECOLLECTIONS OF CHARLES DICKENS by Thomas Hauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Inauthentic and skimpy. Dickens fans should stick to the unparalleled originals."
A risky pastiche presents itself as the memoir of 59-year-old Charles Dickens, confessing the "most important chapter of my life"—his secret, undying love for the wife of a vicious scoundrel. Read full book review >

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WILD MINDS by Marc Hauser
NON-FICTION
Released: March 9, 2000

"A sober, rationalist take on why elephants weep and why dogs' lives may be as mysterious to them as to us. (15 b&w illus.)"
When it comes to animal behavior, Hauser (Psychology/Harvard) opts for the empirical high road over intuition every time: Anecdotes are sweet, and may prompt interesting questions, but he doesn't go basing theories on them. Read full book review >

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ME & MY MOM by Marianne Hauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 1993

"With the scorpion sting of some direct, merciless, fairly awful truths about aging moms and raging daughters."
From the 82-year-old author of such avant exercises as The Talking Room (1976) and the witty The Memoir of the Late Mr. Ashley (1986): a story that concerns the tensions of love, hate, fear, and guilt in the deadly round of approach, hurt, and withdrawal—a round with no exit—in the relationship between an aging mother and her married daughter. Read full book review >

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THE MEASURES BETWEEN US by Ethan Hauser
Released: July 9, 2013

"The obvious point is that the closest of intimates can never really know each other, but an unexplained death seems a mistake in a book that otherwise succeeds by examining the inner lives of its characters."
Journalist and short story author Hauser's debut novel. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS LISTS by Ray Hauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2009

"Designed to tug gently at the strings of certain nostalgic hearts, Christmas Lists would make an excellent stocking stuffer for those who long for the days of Hallmark Hall of Fame TV specials, Rodgers & Hammerstein hits and other ghosts of seasons past."
A family-friendly romance bedecked with faith, traditional values and Tin Pan Alley-inspired songs. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"A well-balanced narrative of varied humanity, captured in their simultaneously glorious and worrisome diversity."
An in-depth narrative of social science by a journalist immersed in an unusual Brooklyn high school. Read full book review >

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SUPER MOM SAVES THE WORLD by Melanie Lynne Hauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2007

"A quaint behind-the-scenes look into the modern-day problems of middle age."
Midwestern mom uses her superpowers to battle evil. Read full book review >