Search Results: "Alan Madison"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"His own story, however, turns out to be mundane. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Alexander sets a standard of thoroughness for future works on Paton, but the treasures unearthed by his impressive research are few and far between in this tell-too-much biography. Read full book review >

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LUCKY ALAN by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Lethem's humor ranges from rueful to sly to 'big silly,' and his careful, mostly unshowy writing has a gift for charming a reader into almost anything."
These nine stories by a leading American writer almost all bend away from realism, and one goes well into fantasy, while offering choice prose and insights. Read full book review >

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ALAN LOMAX by John Szwed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2011

"Despite its wealth of detail, this is a portrait left half-painted."
Overdue, hagiographic biography of the folk-song collector. Read full book review >

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JAMES MADISON by Richard Brookhiser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A useful introduction to a man who is often outshone by his presidential predecessors but who nevertheless was instrumental in creating our modern political system."
Brookhiser (Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement, 2009, etc.) explores America's tangled two-party political system and the man instrumental in creating it, James Madison (1751-1836). Read full book review >

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VELMA GRATCH & THE WAY COOL BUTTERFLY by Alan Madison
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"Hawkes deftly replicates the wingspan of a monarch butterfly in Velma's thick ponytails, giving the general impression of a girl emerging from her old self into her new. (Picture book. 5-8)"
First-time first-grader Velma Gratch finds that extricating herself from the grandiose shadows of her older sisters is a daunting task. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLEST GRAPE STOMPER by Alan Madison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"Kids will enjoy both Sixto's triumph and the overall goofiness of this small tall tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fey piece of whimsy takes a lighthearted look at child labor. Read full book review >

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PECORINO PLAYS BALL by Alan Madison
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Read this aloud, and set children, athletically gifted or otherwise, to laughing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Having attended his First Concert (2005), young Pecorino Sasquatch now moves on to Little League, where, drowning in an outsized jersey and with the threats of massive Coach Credenza ringing in his ears, he struggles to at least look like he has a clue about how to play. Read full book review >

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BECOMING MADISON by Michael Signer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A perfect introduction to a deeply private and immensely important man."
An attorney and author looks at the early life and career of our fourth president. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 21, 2012

"Give this one to kids struggling with a new school or to anyone interested in animal rescue."
Starting middle school can be tough, so Madison Morgan doesn't think she can handle it without a dog, but her stepfather has other ideas. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2012

"An essential American philosopher and president gains a substantive treatment."
A workmanlike study of the checks-and-balances Founding Father from Virginia. Read full book review >