Search Results: "W. Michael Blumenthal"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 1998

An utterly absorbing account of German Jewry from the early 18th century to the Holocaust as reflected in six individuals (five men and one woman) who were ancestors of the author's. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FROM EXILE TO WASHINGTON by W. Michael Blumenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"Blumenthal's astute understanding of history allows him to ably demonstrate the significance of good leadership."
Memoir/history of the political leadership of the 20th century, from the former secretary of the treasury under President Jimmy Carter. 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

WEINSTOCK AMONG THE DYING by Michael Blumenthal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"With nods to Dante, Philip Roth, and a host of others, this is cultured and pleasantly satirical—but for all its psychological insight, it still lacks consistency, proving an unstable mix of deep family traumas and hip Harvard-bashing."
Poet Blumenthal, former director of Creative Writing at Harvard, lampoons that university's hallowed halls and the oddballs who roam them in his fictional debut—a lascivious and witty but all-too-entre-nous and familiar tale of academic life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FOREVER DEATH by Michael W. Sherer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Saddest of all, Ward treats the guest from the opening party sequence, when she finally returns, with a virtuous condescension that makes you just want to slap him."
After a fellow party guest inspires him to a brief, utterly unmotivated spat that's by far the most interesting episode in his humdrum fifth appearance, Chicago freelance writer Emerson Ward (Death Came Dressed in White, not reviewed, etc.) leaves at the behest of his old friend Brady (Puppy) Barnes, a commercial photographer who's in deep trouble. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2004

"A strong regional true-crime tale with disturbing noirish undertones and undeniable spiritual flair."
An engrossing examination of an Ozarks triple murder and its strangely sympathetic perpetrator, who avoided execution via the pope's intervention. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HISTORY
Released: May 24, 2011

"An informative, insightful account of a fascinating period of American history. (glossary, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
When Congress passed the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcohol, supporters were convinced it would create a stronger, more moral nation. Instead, it ushered in an era of corruption and lawlessness, here brought to life with a fast-paced, gripping narrative and period photographs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Eye-opening evidence that science fiction can indeed come true—and not always with happy results."
Remember those giant vegetables in Woody Allen's Sleeper? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COYOTE SUMMER by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1997

"The action scenes are exciting, the romance ones only marginally sentimental."
Gear (People of the Lightning, 1995, etc.) picks up the adventures of Boston Brahman Richard Hamilton, begun in The Morning River (1996), carrying him from untested student of philosophy and priggish young gentleman of society to maturation and manhood on the virgin frontier of the American West in the 1820s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1997

"Still, this is a winning ethnography of some unusual religious sects."
A thoughtful, detailed exploration of three small but growing fundamentalist groups within postVatican II American Catholicism. Read full book review >