Search Results: "Bill Simmons"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Like stumbling across Roadhouse on late-night cable: It may induce the occasional wince, but it's nearly impossible not to get sucked in and keep coming back for more."
ESPN columnist and pop-culture maven Simmons (Now I Can Die in Peace: How ESPN's Sports Guy Found Salvation, with a Little Help from Nomar, Pedro, Shawshank, and the 2004 Red Sox, 2005) strives to write the definitive NBA retrospective. Read full book review >

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BILL GOLDSTEIN
by Mark Athitakis

In 1922 the poet Ezra Pound wrote that “the Christian Era ended at midnight on Oct. 29-30 of last year”—that is, the moment James Joyce finished writing Ulysses. Pound’s pronouncement helped stoke a kind of folk tale that has accompanied the novel ever since. Joyce unleashed his experimental masterwork, the story goes, and then the rest of the literary world ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BERYL by Jane Simmons
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"Overall, however, this is too grim to be a great read-aloud for her usual audience and too lacking in nuance to captivate older fantasy fans, so it's likely to have difficulty winning a wide readership. (Animal fantasy. 8-11)"
A brisk tale with black-and-white illustrations sprinkled throughout, this features talking animals, unlikely coincidences, a breathless narrative style and a message about the value of diversity. Read full book review >

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COME ALONG, DAISY! by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"The dramatic images can be viewed from a distance, making this an appealing read-aloud for story hours. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This cautionary tale from Simmons explores no new terrain, though the duckling Daisy does. Read full book review >

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EBB & FLO AND THE BABY SEAL by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2002

"The third in the Ebb and Flo stories (Ebb and Flo and the New Friend, 1999, etc.), this is a delight to the eye and soul—and a welcome return of a charming character. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ebb dashes to the beach to find the source of an intriguing "wah wah" sound; there, she meets a lost but frisky baby seal, who unlike Mom and Flo, does not object to a romp on the beach in a downpour. Read full book review >

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THE DREAMTIME FAIRIES by Jane Simmons
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Just like a sprinkling of fairy dust, this magical adventure will sweep little ones off to slumber. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl weaves an enchanted tale to soothe her younger brother to sleep. Read full book review >

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QUACK, DAISY, QUACK! by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"And, as usual, her experience is sure to be in the repertory of nearly every adventuresome toddler and post toddler. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Impulsive everyduckling Daisy gets into and out of another pickle. Read full book review >

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THE GLASS ARROW by Kristen Simmons
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The ideas—extreme control of women and their sexuality—are more successful than the story's execution. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
A teenage girl raised free in the wild struggles to escape the fate of city girls—being auctioned for breeding. Read full book review >

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THE COMPANY OF CHILDREN by James Simmons
Released: April 17, 2000

"After 30 years of practice one would hope for a few more tricks."
Self-styled doyen of Irish poetry, Simmons (Mainstream, 1994) continues to experiment with a variety of verse forms: his latest book features long and short poems, several songs, and a sestina. Read full book review >

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TOO WEIRD FOR ZIGGY by Sylvie Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A keen-eyed depiction of the rock netherworld's denizens is sabotaged by too many over-the-top scenarios."
A practiced observer offers frantic fictions of rock 'n' roll madness. Read full book review >

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SALT WATER by Charles Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A little saga of adolescence that, even if not new, is a perfectly-cut gem of its kind."
Simmons (Wrinkles, 1978; The Belles Lettres Papers, 1987) reappears with a small, coherent, impeccably composed little tragicomedy whose only debility is that the ground it stakes out is well-worn. Read full book review >