Search Results: "Alexander Gann"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Readers old or new are in for a fine treat; there really has been nothing in the history of science writing comparable to Watson's tell-all memoir."
The classic Double Helix (1968) is here again, this time annotated and illustrated and told in all the bold, brash, bumptious style that has become Watson's (Avoid Boring People and Other Lessons from a Life in Science, 2007, etc.) trademark in the intervening years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GHOSTING by Kirby Gann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2012

"Hillbilly noir as literary fiction of the first order."
Mister Greuel never could abide chaos. Now "product" is missing, along with his best salesman, a "laker" named Fleece Skaggs. Such it is that sets a drug-dealing Kentucky enterprise unraveling in Gann's (Our Napoleon in Rags, 2005, etc.) third novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR NAPOLEON IN RAGS by Kirby Gann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Impressive and ambitious work from a talent to watch closely."
Second-novelist Gann (The Barbarian Parade, 2002) delves into the lives of eccentric and semi-lost regulars at a bar in a forsaken part of town. Read full book review >

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SUMMER READING WITH KWAME ALEXANDER
by Julie Danielson

It doesn’t take much to get award-winning, bestselling poet and author Kwame Alexander excited, especially if you’re talking about books and children and teens. If you’ve ever seen him speak, you know this Newbery winner is high-energy and has great passion for his work.

He’s especially excited these days about summer. Probably for the same reasons a lot of us ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FIVE THOUSAND YEARS OF SLAVERY by Marjorie Gann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"For timeliness, international focus and, particularly, accuracy, this leaves Richard Watkins' Slavery: Bondage Throughout History (2001) in the dust as a first look at a terrible topic. (timeline, index; notes and sources on an associated website) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Sandwiched between telling lines from the epic of Gilgamesh ("…the warrior's daughter, the young man's bride, / he uses her, no one dares to oppose him") and the exposure of a migrant worker-trafficking ring in Florida in the mid-1990s, this survey methodically presents both a history of the slave trade and what involuntary servitude was and is like in a broad range of times and climes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPEAK A WORD FOR FREEDOM by Janet Willen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An inspiring collection of those who have fought and continue to fight against the evil of slavery and an effectively solemn reminder that slavery remains a global plague. (photos, source notes, index) (Collective biography. 12-16)"
The authors of the outstanding global history Five Thousand Years of Slavery (2011) offer an equally impressive collection of 14 profiles of women who, from the 18th century to the present, have heroically championed emancipation and an end to human bondage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ISLAND IN THE SKY by Ernest K. Gann
Released: July 17, 1944

"Starkly told, — another contribution to the understanding of total war."
Saga of men against the north in a story of the ferry command under Army Air — and of Dooley, who had twenty years of almost unbroken record in commercial air flight, only to come down — ice bound — somewhere in the unchartered northland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONKEY AND THE LITTLE ONE by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"The story looks beautiful, but the depths of the issue are never plumbed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mouse disturbs a monkey's tranquility but soon turns from irksome to indispensable in Alexander's tale of friendship's often strange course. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEVERLY BILLINGSLY TAKES A BOW by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Stadler succeeds in both his amusing illustrations and his well-paced, polished story, and surely Beverly will be back for an encore, perhaps baking brownies, buying a bicycle, or building a bridge as she conquers new fears. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Beverly Billingsly is back (Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book, 2002), this time with a new venue for her worries: auditions for the school musical called Stormy Weather. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEVERLY BILLINGSLY BORROWS A BOOK by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A refreshingly welcome new library story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Beverly (a little hippo) is sky-high when she gets her first library card. Read full book review >