Search Results: "Betsy Bird"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Though it's unlikely to reach far beyond children's-literature scholars and enthusiasts, it will offer that audience a whole lot of enjoyment and no small amount of edification. (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
A chatty inside look at some of the stories that have shaped modern children's literature. Read full book review >

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FUNNY GIRL by Betsy Bird
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Whether these live up to the subtitle's claim of 'funniest stories ever' is subjective, but the lighthearted array will surely appeal to a wide audience. (Anthology. 9-13)"
The 28 short stories, autobiographical essays, and comic strips in this entertaining anthology are meant to prove that females can be funny, and they succeed. Read full book review >

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GIANT DANCE PARTY by Betsy Bird
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Sheer joy. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Lexy lives to dance, but she dreads those terrifying recitals. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Despite a paucity of personal detail, the absorbing text (ten years in preparation) will likely be the definitive life story for decades to come."
In a 1962 spoof for Esquire, Richard Rovere quoted John Kenneth Galbraith as deeming John J. McCloy ``chairman of the US Establishment''—but McCloy has never been the subject of a full- dress biography. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD SPY by Kai Bird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"A low-key, respectful life of a decent American officer whose quietly significant work helped lead to the Oslo Accords."
A poignant tribute to a CIA Middle East operative who helped get the Palestinians and Israelis to talk to each other—and died for it. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2010

"A compelling but scattered study that requires a patient, highly engaged reader."
A complicated, ambitious survey of the Zanzibar dynasty and the scourge of the Arab slave trade in Africa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 2001

"Written with precision, this sincere (though somewhat uneventful) account offers the reader a glimpse of an Iran rarely seen in the news."
A travelogue in which Bird (The Jazz and Blues Lover's Guide to the US, not reviewed) successfully unpeels the many layers behind the opaque veneer of Iran. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Though somewhat biased toward a leftist view of American foreign policy, this biography scrupulously and compellingly details how two pillars of the American establishment struggled, often unsuccessfully, to balance conscience against power in the nuclear age."
A probing, ultimately critical dual biography of the Boston Brahmin brothers who helped plunge America into the Vietnam quagmire as members of the JFK-LBJ —best and brightest.— Bred to esteem public service by father Harvey (an assistant to Henry Stimson in the Hoover and FDR administrations), William and McGeorge Bundy seemed natural choices when John Kennedy appointed them, respectively, assistant secretary of defense and national security adviser. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 27, 2010

"If one person's story can shed light on a larger history, Bird's memoir carries many excellent lessons."
A wise, intimate memoir about growing up the son of an American foreign-service officer in the Middle East, from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bird (co-author, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE RAINMAKERS by E.J. Bird
ANIMALS
Released: April 27, 1993

"Slight but appealing, a fantasy with an unusual—and particularly well-realized—setting and small illustrations resembling southwestern petroglyphs. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The author of The Blizzard of 1896 (1990) and other tall tales of the Old West goes back to an even older West for the story of an Anasazi boy with an unusual friend—an affectionate bear cub that dances when it hears music, bringing good cheer and, without fail, rain as well. Read full book review >