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La Newton School Of Beauty Culture

636 Warren St
Dorchester, MA 02121

General Phone: 617-427-6886
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REVIEW : Sobel?s The Planets a little history, a little star ... - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (subscription)

The Planets, by Dava Sobel, Viking, 288 pages, $24.95 Most reviews tell readers what a book is about. But because Dava Sobel’s new book The Planets is such a great departure from her previous bestsellers, this review begins with a discussion of what it is not. Those earlier works reaped not only impressive sales and an appreciative readership, but also critical acclaim. Newsday called Galileo’s Daughter “innovative history and a wonderfully told tale.” The Washington Post praised Longitude as “a simple tale, brilliantly told, and The New York Times raved, “Sobel is a master storyteller.” Indeed, the appeal of both of those books is similar to that of well-crafted novels. They have remarkable central characters, strong and appealing supporting casts, fascinating questions that hook readers immediately, well-drawn narratives to carry them through the story, and subplots to add depth and texture. Readers looking for that kind of story telling and in-depth information will be disappointed by The Planets, for this time Sobel intended to write a very different book. It is part memoir, part anthology, part short-story collection, part anecdotal gossip and part reverie. Its opening words invite the readers to connect with own their childhood discoveries that Earth was - more available