Search Results: "William Leach"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1999

"These are all valid arguments and well made, but they—re not new: many American social critics from Lewis Mumford to J.B. Jackson, Jane Jacobs, and Tony Hiss have made them before, and Leach doesn—t do much to bring them onto new ground."
A well-intentioned but not groundbreaking essay in cultural history, with a transparent title and an equally transparent argument. Read full book review >

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BUTTERFLY PEOPLE by William Leach
NON-FICTION
Released: April 23, 2013

"For general readers, the esoteric minutia may overwhelm. For naturalists and butterfly buffs, however, this is an unusual, pinpointed slice of American life enlivened with fragments of correspondence and reproductions of plates from classic books of the period."
An expansive historical account of the 19th-century figures whose enthusiasm and perseverance shaped natural history studies on butterflies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Fascinating, detailed, and evangelical: a yellow brick road full of rare adventures, intriguing characters, and surprising vistas. (Twenty-four pages of photos—not seen)"
In an alternate history of modern American life from 1890 to 1927, Leach (History/Columbia; True Love and Perfect Union, 1980) offers an encompassing, learned, and fast-paced account of how entrepreneurs, manufacturers, bankers, clergymen, and government leaders produced a culture of consumers—as well as the rituals, morality, aesthetics, and institutions that identify the good with the goodies, acquisition with virtue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COUNT ME IN by Sara Leach
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A taut adventure tale that features plenty of action and some troubled relationships. (Adventure. 10-14)"
When 12-year-old Tabitha is forced by her parents to go backpacking with her two cousins and recently widowed Aunt Tess, she ends up with more of an adventure than any of them planned. Read full book review >

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CHASING UTOPIA by David Leach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An eye-opening look at an Eden of eco-villages gradually giving way to economic exigencies."
A personal journey back to the kibbutz of the author's youth prompts an examination of the larger reasons for the Israeli disenchantment with the pioneering enterprise. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2015

"Leach strikes the right balance between a hard-nosed examination of the data and a compassionate, let's-make-this-work pragmatism. This will allow parents to shore up their children's stability when it may feel like everything else is crumbling down."
A guide to managing the fallout for children when parents choose to separate and divorce. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN FIRST by Penelope Leach
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 25, 1994

"Mild reservations aside, this is valiant and worthy and should have quite a following. (First printing of 75,000)"
Branded with the emphatic subtitle ``What our society must do- -and is not doing—for our children today,'' this bridge-burning work by the author of such respected parenting titles as Your Baby & Child, Babyhood, and The First Six Months is radical and provocative in its outlook for family and state. Read full book review >

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I LIKE BEING CATHOLIC by Michael Leach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Catholic readers should not expect an in-depth reaffirmation of their faith, but they may enjoy dipping into the memories and sentiments of those who share their religious heritage."
Simple and honest essays, recollections, and quotations on contemporary Catholic faith and culture in America today. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM MCKEEN
by Gregory McNamee

Charles Manson had a sweet, clear voice, reminiscent of Chet Baker’s, that could carry a pop song, a jazz standard, or a show tune. He wrote some good songs, a couple of which became unironic hipster anthems decades later. He charmed his way into an elite circle of Los Angeles musicians, and he swayed a few of them to record ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THINGS THAT ARE by Amy Leach
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 3, 2012

"The work as a whole, despite its occasional similarities to essays by Thoreau, likely won't appeal to many general readers, but for those interested in looking at the natural world through the lens of a fairy tale, this is a bonbon of a book."
Quirky, poetic essays about elements of the natural world. Read full book review >

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MY WICKED STEPMOTHER by Norman Leach
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Pair this with Rosenberg's Monster Mama (p. 153) for a provocative contrast. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Though his new stepmother, Annie, is unfailingly kind and tries to share Tom's imaginative games when friends Jack and David put him down (``Superman's boring! Read full book review >