Search Results: "Aida D. Donald"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2007

"Although readers seeking rich detail, a portrait in full, will continue to consult Edmund Morris's exquisite two-volume biography, Donald's work serves as a fair introduction to Roosevelt's life and a fine appreciation of his politics."
A compact biography of the genuine cowboy president. Read full book review >

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CITIZEN SOLDIER by Aida D. Donald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A skillful psychobiography by an empathetic scholar."
A scholar of American history builds on previous biographies of Harry Truman to offer her own interpretation of his career. Read full book review >

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THE LEGACY OF LOST THINGS by Aida Zilelian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A lyrical description of a family's search for their daughter and for their humanity."
Debut author Zilelian's story follows a family of Armenian immigrants struggling to adapt to the American way of life while also contending with traditional coming-of-age conflicts. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"With its many fascinating visual demonstrations, Hoffman's presentation fully engages the reader, demanding and rewarding attention."
A cognitive scientist synthesizes recent findings of vision researchers to unveil some of the secrets and explore still-unsolved puzzles of how we see. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 13, 2003

"Far from cheerful, but fascinating."
Geologist Ward and astronomer Brownlee combine disciplines to tell us how the world will end. Read full book review >

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THE IMAGE, THE ICON, AND THE COVENANT by Sahar Khalifeh
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A novel about character and identity needs sharper, stronger protagonists than the blurry Ibrahim and Mariam."
Love proves elusive in this soulful tale of missed connections from Palestinian feminist Khalifeh (The Inheritance, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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TIFFANY D. JACKSON
by Alex Heimbach

What happens when a child is charged with murder? Well, it depends. Salacious procedural episodes aside, these cases are so rare that there’s little precedent for how to proceed. When Tiffany D. Jackson came across one such story, of a 10-year-old girl in Maine charged with manslaughter for allegedly shoving pills down the throat of an infant her mother was ...


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FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE
by Leila Roy

It took the state six long years to realize I wasn’t a threat to society before they ripped me out of baby jail and put me with Ms. Stein. From one prison to another, that’s all it was. Understand, there’s a big difference between baby jail and juvie, where the rest of the girls in the house come from. Juvie ...
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BOOK REVIEW

UNABOMBER by Jim Freeman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 17, 2014

"Despite its considerable flaws, the book is valuable as a rare insider's account from an agency that does not value transparency."
San Francisco-based FBI administrator Freeman chronicles the agency's two-decade quest to identify and arrest the notorious homegrown terrorist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHORTCUT by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"A breathless tour-de-force for train lovers of any age. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a return to Bigmama's (1991) small Florida community for a second story based on Crews's childhood memories, a group of children walking through a narrow railroad cut have to dive into the brambles when an unexpected train rockets past. Read full book review >

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BIGMAMA'S by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"A grand alternative to the plethora of predictable books about white kids visiting grandparents on stereotypical family farms. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Beginning with the ride on the old Southern Railway car ("colored" says the sign on the wall), the sights, sounds, and warm delights of a summer visit to Grandma in Crews's own childhood—a three-day trip from somewhere up north. Read full book review >

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NIGHT AT THE FAIR by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"This evocative book could be paired to nice effect with Elisha Cooper's sunny Country Fair (1997). (Picture book. 3-8)"
Crews (Shortcut, 1992, etc.) uses, to great effect, the contrast of the night sky and the gaudy lights of typical fair amusements in his picture book of very few words but very kinetic images. Read full book review >