Search Results: "Benjamin Lacombe"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SHRUNKEN HEAD by Lauren Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Though ambitious, this Gothic misses the mark. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Four orphans employ highly unusual talents to solve a series of murders in 1930s New York City. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHERRY AND OLIVE by Benjamin Lacombe
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Told and illustrated in a restrained way, the episode may make heartening reading for sensitive children. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Shy, chubby bookworm that she is, Cherry leads a lonely existence until she meets a mournful-looking Shar Pei in her father's animal shelter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FEARSOME FIREBIRD by Lauren Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Continued reliance on formula makes this third outing too much like the first two. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Set in the 1930s, this third book of the Curiosity House series continues to follow four orphans who are performers and residents of Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SCREAMING STATUE by Lauren Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Strained and derivative, without sufficient depth to compensate. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Sam, Thomas, Max, and Pippa are in danger of losing the only home they've ever known, in Depression-era New York City. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAREWELL FLOPPY by Benjamin Chaud
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Predictable and only mildly amusing; no need to hop to this one. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A boy tries to abandon his pet rabbit only to discover—surprise!—he can't live without him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2000

"A provocative thesis—but so slender that DeMott fleshes it out with examples and summaries that at times seem more superfluous than essential."
A distinguished social critic argues that advances in women's rights are threatened by pervasive cultural pressures to adopt the more noxious aspects of traditional masculine behavior—the "kickbutt culture." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUMBLE, YOUNG MAN, RUMBLE by Benjamin Cavell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2003

"This Rumble is a spectacle not to be missed. You'll want a ringside seat."
The theme of masculinity and its discontents is the organizing principle of this terrific debut collection of nine tough-as-nails stories by a former collegiate boxer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Going behind the headlines, Runkle provides worthwhile background and context for understanding current wars and how they are fought."
The recent demise of Osama bin Laden serves as an appropriate coda for former Defense Department and National Security Council staffer Runkle's (co-author: Occupying Iraq: A History of the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2009, etc.) history of the manhunt in American military strategy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELEGY FOR APRIL by Benjamin Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"This tale of two families—April's clearly dysfunctional, Quirke's nearly so—is the most conventional of the pathologist's three cases to date (The Silver Swan, 2008, etc.)."
Alcoholic Dublin pathologist Quirke emerges from rehab in the 1950s to an urgent request from his daughter Phoebe to find an even more troubled daughter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAMOUS AFTER DEATH by Benjamin Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 1999

"Hilarious and just bad-natured enough to be cruel (that is, accurate) in its satire of modern greed and modern fame: an across- the-board winner."
John Cheever's son (The Partisan, 1994, etc.) follows in the footsteps, if not quite in the spirit, of his father in this witty send-up of politics, publishing, and crime—and of the synergy they generate on really good days. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THRILL ME by Benjamin Percy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Would-be writers will find Percy's passionate, pragmatic cheerleading inspiring and energizing."
An accomplished writer comes to the defense of genre. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOD KIDS by Benjamin Nugent
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A novel that badly wants to be cool but is rarely more than sophomoric."
Can a childhood crush survive a 13-year separation? The answer's a long time coming in this unfocused first novel from the author of American Nerd (2008). Read full book review >