Search Results: "Albert Axell"


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RUSSIA’S HEROES by Albert Axell
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"Hagiography reminiscent of some sort of People's Bureau of Heroes of the Motherland may test a reader's endurance, but Axell's text is one attempt to redress some history that has been largely ignored in the West."
The greatest generation speaks Russian in this paean to the many courageous figures of what the Slavs call the Great Patriotic War (WWII to us). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Contemporary illustrations (mostly portraits); source notes; extensive bibliography; index. (Biography. 12+)"
Dramatic yet well balanced, a biography framed by chapters outlining Grant's earlier and later life while focusing on his major military campaigns and offering perspectives of civilians in charge as well as of generals and the soldiers who carried out their orders. Read full book review >

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AN ARTIST’S AMERICA by Michael Albert
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2008

"In sum, a lighthearted and 'green' approach that melds creation and recycling. (workshop suggestions) (Nonfiction. 7 & up)"
Organic fruit-juice entrepreneur Albert (founder of Sir Real Juices) shares his passion for pop-art-inspired collages that incorporate the ubiquitous "modern hieroglyphics" of mass-market consumer packaging. Read full book review >

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A VOLCANO BENEATH THE SNOW by Albert Marrin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 8, 2014

"A comprehensive portrait of an ever-fascinating figure. (source notes, further reading, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
John Brown's fight to end slavery in the United States is presented in a broad historical context that reveals an impact far beyond the time it occurred. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"This is a competent, comprehensive social history that occasionally gets muddled because of the many strands of the story. (bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911 resulted in the greatest loss of life in a New York City workplace until the 9/11 attacks nearly a century later. Read full book review >

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LESS THAN PERFECT by Louise Albert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2003

"Well-written, yet unengaging. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Bland writing and characters weaken the poignancy of dying parents. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Comprehensive and coherent, a superb history. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
After his recent Unconditional Surrender: Ulysses S. Grant and the Civil War (1993), Marrin returns with it's companion volume about that other great Civil War general, Robert E. Lee. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"The extensive bibliography of the author's sources contains no guide to sources for young readers. (notes, additional reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Andrew Jackson's belief in union kept secessionists at bay for a generation, but his actions toward Native Americans were "an evil which must forever stain his memory." Read full book review >

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THE VESPERS TAPES by Albert DiBartolomeo
Released: Jan. 18, 1990

An ailing mob boss is determined to dictate his memoirs to an unwilling Philadelphia schoolteacher—a fact that leads to a predictably violent battle for the taped transcripts of their sessions. Read full book review >

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CROSSING THE POSTMODERN DIVIDE by Albert Borgmann
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"Not a light read—and never disingenuous."
Rather astoundingly large-minded vision of the nature of humanity, civilization, and science, by Borgmann (Philosophy/Univ. of Montana at Missoula). Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC KEYS by Albert Murray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2005

"Crooning in tune with the ear and with life, Murray's saga vamps, dancing, to a glorious end."
Murray writes jazz: A colorful riff on coming of age in the city. Read full book review >

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PIECES OF PAYNE by Albert Goldbarth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Borges meets David Foster Wallace: Many interesting patches, but otherwise little more than an unengaging meander."
Sophisticated albeit highly elliptical account of a young woman struggling with an unhappy past in the face of present illness. Read full book review >