Search Results: "Annette Gordon-Reed"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2016

"An elegant, astute study that is both readable and thematically rich."
A portrait of Thomas Jefferson's passionate belief in Enlightenment values and how it determined his personal character and that of the young nation. Read full book review >

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ANDREW JOHNSON by Annette Gordon-Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Gordon-Reed incorporates views by Johnson's other biographers to create a fleshed-out, many-sided portrait."
A fair-minded, toned-down portrait of a deeply problematic president who could not rise to the country's challenge after the Civil War. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Ponderous but sagacious and ultimately rewarding."
The unusual history of an enslaved family whose destiny was shaped over the course of four decades by Thomas Jefferson. Read full book review >

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NORA THE MIND READER by Orit Gidali
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2012

"A thought-inspiring approach. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A little girl's sensitivity to childhood banter is assuaged with the help of her resourceful mom, who provides an inventive tool for interpreting altered meaning. Read full book review >

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JUST LIKE I WANTED by Elinoar Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 24, 2015

"A fine topic with compelling collage, hampered by poor verse. (Picture book. 4-7)"
While making a drawing, a girl adapts mistakes into new subject matter. Read full book review >

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WHAT GOES AROUND
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack

Cover Story: Viking Cute
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Real Boy
Bonus Factor: Unexpected Friendships
Relationship Status: Maybe in a Few Years 

Cover Story: Viking Cute

A cutesy viking is kind of an oxymoron when you think about the actual history of vikings, but this one with ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ROBOT ZOMBIE FRANKENSTEIN! by Annette Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Yet in an era in which electronics are always one-upping one another in the global market, it's nice to see a picture-book equivalent that ends with the consumption of delicious desserts. Apple and PC, take note. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Competitive pals get into a war of escalating ridiculousness in this amusing if visually stunted tale. Read full book review >

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BLACK PLUS by Annette Tamarkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"Paper at play, designed to appeal as much to touch as to the eye. Both toddlers and budding paper artists may be drawn in. (Pop-up picture book. 2-4)"
Lifting a flap brings bright color and visual surprises to plain silhouettes in this wordless outing from a Belgian paper artist. Read full book review >

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EMERGENCY RESCUE by Annette Rusling
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Nonfiction for wee ones that is equal parts entertaining and educational. (Board book. 2-5)"
This large, chunky nonfiction offering presents basic information about rescue vehicles accompanied by realistic images and a siren sound. Read full book review >

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CIRCLE OF CRANES by Annette LeBox
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2012

"The magical element doesn't add much to this story of a low-key labor heroine, but it may draw in fantasy readers. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The horror of sweatshop life is alleviated by a magical heritage. Read full book review >

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JOE’S WAR by Annette Kobak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2004

"What could have been a first-rate shorter work is instead a second-rate longer one. (20 b&w photos; 2 maps, not seen)"
A daughter explores her Czechoslovakian father's traumatic experiences before, during, and after WWII—and along the way retells much of the 20th-century history of Poland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MURDER by Annette Meyers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Better-than-usual for the series."
Former Broadway dancer Leslie Wetzon, now a Wall Street executive headhunter, accompanies her best friend Carlos, a campy, gay choreographer, to a rehearsal of his new show—and discovers the dead body of Dilla, the much-disliked production assistant, draped over the balcony. Read full book review >