Search Results: "Alvin Tresselt"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GIFT OF THE TREE by Alvin Tresselt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 1992

"One of the best of a spate of spring books designed to encourage the treasuring of trees. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With a new title, larger format, and expansive new illustrations, a reissue of The Dead Tree, the prolific author's 1972 account of the natural end of an oak's long life: rotting wood attracts insects and then leaves holes that become homes for other creatures; after the tree falls, it continues to nurture and provides homes for the forest wildlife until ``there remained only a brown ghost of richer loam where the proud tree had come to rest.'' Sorensen, a Danish painter who also reillustrated Tresselt's Sun Up (1991), contributes sun-dappled, impressionistic illustrations that beautifully reflect an evocative text that's a reminder that just 20 years ago young children could be expected to take words like ``garner'' and ``moldered'' in their stride. Read full book review >

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SUN UP by Alvin Tresselt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 1991

"Don't discard the old edition with the Duvoisin illustrations, but do add this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The day's cycle on a traditional farm—how many times has that theme been reiterated?—but rarely with the grace and quiet charm of Tresselt's 1949 text, here updated and newly illustrated by a Dane whose expansive paintings exquisitely capture the dramas of dawn, sun-dappled mid-day, and a passing summer storm. Read full book review >

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HOW THE DEAD LIVE by Alvin Greenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Eventually, the stories seem as dead as their characters."
A ponderous collection by a Minnesota author (Going Nowhere, 1971, etc.) who seems to have mastered Poe's voice without plumbing his depth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"It's an honest story of collective courage, evocative, well-written, and fixed before the colors fade. (Photos and maps, not seen) (Book-of- the-Month Club/History Book Club selections)"
An unpretentious personal memoir of participation in WW II. Read full book review >

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DEADLY AMBITIONS by Alvin Wander
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"A circuitous but diverting thriller."
In Wander's (The Silent Lion, 2009) latest novel, a terrorist group plans an attack using leaked secrets from a high-tech company, and only a retired Israeli army officer can stop them. Read full book review >

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THE HELL SCREENS by Alvin Lu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2000

"More than a little precious, but quite likably stylish and amusing. And—not that this wouldn't have already occurred to Alvin Lu—it might make a rather good movie."
A contact lens dipped in tea stands in for Proust's mnemonic madeleine in this agreeably deranged first novel, by a young California critic and teacher of film technique. Read full book review >

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IN PLATO'S CAVE by Alvin Kernan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"No diatribe at all, this work serves instead as an elegy for education as it once was."
This gentle, wise, yet tough-minded memoir will delight and inform anyone who—d like to understand the academic world of the last 50 years. Read full book review >

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Mystic Claw by Alvin Luther
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2015

"A noble effort that strains for effortless poetry."
In Luther's debut mystical fantasy, a godlike wizard returns to the world he created and abandoned to impart wisdom on the misbehaving creatures he brought to life. Read full book review >

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DEAD TIDE by Alvin Leaphart
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"An enticing villain, loads of action and a dash of Southern flair make for a great read."
In Leaphart's debut novel, an avid environmentalist, his chauffeur/bodyguard and others fight to bring down a company that's dumping mercury into Georgia waters. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"An inspirational yet grueling read that demonstrates the price some paid for patriotism in a different era and another unpopular war."
Grim account of the torture and isolation suffered by U.S. airmen taken prisoner in North Vietnam. Read full book review >

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SOUL MATES FOR ETERNITY by Alvin Edmunds
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2013

"A comforting read for romantics of all kinds."
A debut memoir about love and life after death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POETRY
Released: April 1, 1992

Not since Carl Withers's A Rocket in My Pocket (1948) has there been such a grand compilation of familiar (and unfamiliar) rhymes and chants from the children's own tradition: riddles, games, wishes and taunts; poems about love, food, school, or animals; parodies, nonsense, and stories. Read full book review >