Search Results: "W. Lionel Williams"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 9, 2010

"When the 'tyranny of the pack' controls teachers, violence triumphs over reason in this cautionary tale."
Through the eyes of an idealistic educator and a hopeful ninth grader in Brooklyn, Williams' debut novel sheds light on our failed public education system and the declining character of its students. Read full book review >

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Compromised: The Affordable Care Act and Politics of Defeat by Brendan W. Williams
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A fair, rigorous take on health care reform in the United States."
An insider's account of the historic passage of Obamacare. Read full book review >

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HUSH NOW, BABY by Angela W. Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"An unabashedly emotional narrative that only occasionally requires readers to bushwhack through thick vines of memory."
An adoring view of a childhood nanny in Pinopolis, South Carolina, that does not disguise the ugly specter of 1950s segregation. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL TWITTY
by Gregory McNamee

Recipes, like people, have DNA. It may take some ferreting out, some hard kitchen testing, some documentary research, and some more tasting and adjusting, but eventually that yellowed slip of paper tucked into grandmom’s copy of Joy of Cooking will yield its ancestry, reveal its origins through the patina of the past, and show how tastes and ingredients have changed ...


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BOOK REVIEW

INVENTION by Lionel Bender
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 1991

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An ``Eyewitness'' book based on beautiful photographs of items in the British Science Museum, accompanied by a superficial text with smarmy, labored paragraph headings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 21, 1979

"The only known short Trilling fiction, brought together in book form for the first time."
Five stories by the noted critic, two of which—the title story and "The Other Margaret"—have been widely anthologized since their first appearance in Partisan Review in the mid-Forties. Read full book review >

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SO MUCH FOR THAT by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2010

"An overly schematic but powerful study of both marriage and medical care."
The American health-care system decimates the emotions and finances of one well-meaning citizen in the latest novel by the provocative Shriver (The Post-Birthday World, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DECLINE OF MALES by Lionel Tiger
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"If you didn't buy the notion that male patterns of behavior are imprinted on a genetic level, then you probably won't buy this one either."
The mad social scientist of biological reductionism is up to his old tricks again. Read full book review >

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THE LIBERAL IMAGINATION by Lionel Trilling
Released: April 7, 1950

"Limited market."
A highly intellectualized, precious collection of essays in literary criticism on diverse broad subjects, writers, books, literary trends, united by an underlying concern for liberalism as an intellectual tradition. Read full book review >

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GETTING RIGHT WITH GOD by Lionel Newton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 1994

"Too inward-looking and disorganized to be a success, but Newton's easy way with language—whether of the streets or the salon—indicates a protean talent worth watching."
No plot but plenty of attitude is what you get from Newton's rambling first novel about a gifted but feckless black high- schooler who would rather hit the streets than the books. Read full book review >

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THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE by Lionel Tiger
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 1992

Here, Tiger (Anthropology/Rutgers; The Manufacture of Evil, 1987, etc.) offers observations on our seeking of pleasure and its prehistoric roots. ``Pleasure matters,'' Tiger asserts. ``The subject is hot.'' Aiming to catch the drift of the 90's, he contends that ``pleasure is an evolutionary entitlement.'' Food, sex, drugs, power, and, more interestingly, bearing children ``are as much related to our history as a species and products of it as they are products of our invention,'' he convincingly argues. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE FAULT by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 1997

"A persistently melodramatic tone doesn't disguise the tragedy in this moving, resonant tale of two sparkling careers and two decent people unable to live in harmony."
Fully using the strongest part of her game—psychological insight—Shriver (The Bleeding Heart, 1990, etc.) tracks the fleeting joy and prolonged despair of a young couple, both rising tennis stars, who find their love imperiled by one another's fierce urge to win. ``Love me, love my game,'' says petite, 23-year-old Willy to lanky Eric on their second meeting, after a first encounter in Manhattan's Riverside Park in which Willy cleaned his clock. Read full book review >