Search Results: "William H. Calvin"


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SHORT FICTION OF WILLIAM H. COLES by William H. Coles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2016

"Realistically gritty and morally astute, these tales can also feel overly instructional."
A wide-ranging volume offers a collection of short stories and a novella. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"As always, the author's erudition demands close attention but makes science entertaining and accessible for the layman."
How the mental life of humans has come to differ from that of the other great apes, and speculations about what lies ahead. Read full book review >

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H by Elizabeth Shepard
Released: April 1, 1995

"The impulse to utilize an innovative form is admirable, but the results are unfortunately shoddy."
This slim fictional collection of letters from, to, and about a disturbed 12-year-old boy reads more like a writing-class assignment than a debut novel. Read full book review >

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"A slowly unfolding plot allows time for the characters and milieu to establish themselves. Solid stuff, and publication-worthy."
A richly textured, character-driven story that revolves around the modest, yet captivating title character. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

"Still, lively and literate science for the nonscientist. (Fifty-nine line drawings—not seen.)"
Neurobiologist Calvin (The Ascent of Mind, 1990; The Throwing Madonna: Essays on the Brain, 1983) tackles an unlikely subject—archaeoastronomy—and brings to it his scientific training, a lively curiosity, and the ability to describe objects and phenomena clearly. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 1996

"As always, Calvin's thinking about thinking gives plenty of food for thought."
Neurophysiologist Calvin (The Ascent of Mind: Ice Age Climate and the Evolution of Intelligence, 1990, etc.) continues to explore the human mind in a lively, erudite fashion, this time drawing on evolutionary biology, ethology, linguistics, and neuroscience. Read full book review >

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CALVIN by Martine Leavitt
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Equal parts coming-of-age tale, survival adventure, and love story, this outstanding novel also sensitively deals with an uncommon but very real teen issue, making it far more than the sum of its parts. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Calvin's personality seems to have been destined: he was born on the day comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" ended, his grandfather gave the infant a Hobbes-like tiger toy that was his constant childhood companion, and his best (and only) friend was always Susie. Read full book review >

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Released: July 8, 1992

"Stick to the high ground of the original instead."
Sequelmania strikes again as Haire-Sargeant presumes upon Emily Brontâ's stark, strange masterpiece, delivering a story that achieves a slight success as a literary pastiche but never becomes a satisfying work of fiction in its own right. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"High marks for being both instructive and entertaining."
A demanding but rewarding report that illuminates what neurology can now tell us about the human brain. Read full book review >

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CALVIN COCONUT by Graham Salisbury
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Light in tone, rich with cultural details and populated by likable characters, this slim volume will appeal to many a young reader. (Fiction. 7-10)"
This second installment about Oahu-dwelling Calvin builds on the engaging story line first introduced in the chapter-book series's debut title, Calvin Coconut, Trouble Magnet (2008). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"More support, if any were needed, that Trillin is a leading humorist, even if some dust clings to a few of the essays and poems."
Some of the best pieces of the esteemed humorist's long career. Read full book review >