Search Results: "The Melody Book"


BOOK REVIEW

A JAZZY DAY by The Melody Book
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2012

"A winning app that could easily be deemed the jazz version of The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Smooth. (iPad storybook app. 2-8)"
This highly user-friendly primer gives kids both a macro and micro lesson about jazz music. Read full book review >

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JAZZY WORLD TOUR by The Melody Book
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2013

"A fun first step into cultural awareness. (iPad 2+ recommended) (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A mini-almanac doubles as a cumulative travel book in this survey of various countries. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Clear, comprehensive, well written (and well translated), this is a fine introduction to the key issues of modern cosmology. (photos, not seen)"
This readable survey of cosmology (and the astronomical evidence on which it is founded) shows an unusual awareness of the larger philosophical context in which scientific ideas are worked out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MELODY OF SECRETS by Jeffrey Stepakoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Stepakoff uses this sliver of history well, but the romance between Maria and James seems irrelevant (and frankly less interesting than Maria's moral dilemmas), which is a bad sign for a romantic novel."
Stepakoff's latest throws together America's burgeoning space program, Nazi scientists and a talented violinist in a Nicholas Sparks-style romance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Strong on O'Brien but weak on Burke—and most readers will have to resort to a handbook on the religious and political controversies of the 18th century, as well to as a conventional Burke biography, to make sense of it all. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
O'Brien (Pro-Chancellor/Univ. of Dublin; Cunning and Passion, 1988, etc.) argues here that Edmund Burke (1729-97), widely considered the ``father of modern conservatism,'' was really a ``liberal pluralist.'' Neither biography (not even an ``unconventional'' one, as O'Brien claims) nor anthology (too little Burke, too much O'Brien), this is an extended political essay focusing on four arenas of 18th-century political life—Ireland, America, India, and France- -preceded by an attack on the dominant school of Burke scholarship, which, in assessing Burke as a conservative, consigned him, O'Brien says, to ``the ash-bin of history.'' O'Brien believes that he can provide the ``basis and essentials for a Burke revival'' by proving that Burke was, in fact, a prophet of revolution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MELODY LINGERS ON by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 23, 2015

"This novel only serves to remind readers of how good Clark can be and isn't this time around."
A missing con artist proves the catalyst for intrigue, revenge, and romance in this latest novel by the prolific Clark. Read full book review >

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MELODY by Dan Cooke
Released: Dec. 5, 2008

"More entertaining than cathartic, but a hair-raising read to be sure."
Darkness has descended on Breight, N.J. Accidental fatalities in the surrounding county hover at abnormally high rates until the mysterious 1974 death of a local eight-year-old ushers in a two-decade lull in the mortality rate. Read full book review >

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DESERT MELODY by Laura Evans Serna
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A flawed but intriguing sci-fi debut."
A nonhuman woman struggles with conflicting loyalties in Serna's debut novel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"Despite occasionally reading like program notes or liner text, an apt and able bio of a singular talent."
Jazz trumpeter and music writer Sudhalter (Lost Chords, 1999) details with considerable musical analysis the rise of an especially American tunesmith. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MACBETH by William Shakespeare
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"Even so, this remains Macbeth, arguably the Bard of Avon's most durable and multilayered tragedy, and overall, this enhanced e-book makes the play appealing and graspable to students. (Enhanced e-book. 12 & up)"
A pairing of the text of the Scottish Play with a filmed performance, designed with the Shakespeare novice in mind. Read full book review >