Search Results: "Brendan Powell Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Those who favor a literal interpretation of Bible stories and fans of Smith's popular series will probably feel that this floats their boat; those looking for a gentler (and less visually ridiculous) introduction to the popular story should look elsewhere. (Picture book/religion. 5-7)"
This interpretation of the story of Noah and his Ark combines the familiar Old Testament story with perennially popular LEGO® building blocks used to create the illustrations. Read full book review >

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SMITH by Leon Garfield
Released: Sept. 1, 1967

"More Hogarth than Cruikshank, this lacks the gusto of Devil in the Fog (1966) but readers who respond to the author will follow him here."
"Smith. 'unted, 'ounded, 'omeless, and part gin-sodder. Smith. Read full book review >

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COLIN POWELL by Howard Means
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"The nation's first soldier deserves and eventually will get a better Boswell. (The labored text has photographs—not seen.)"
A barely serviceable briefing on the incumbent chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read full book review >

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COLIN POWELL by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 1992

"Selection of b&w publicity photos; bibliography; index. (Biography. 11-13)"
An uncritical portrait of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who once reported, ``Mr. President, the world is at peace.'' Reef traces Powell's career path from mediocre South Bronx student to top soldier, devoting some attention to his private life but, except for noting his opposition to Operation Desert Storm, discussing his abilities and philosophy only in vague, conventional terms. Read full book review >

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BRENDAN WOLF by Brian Malloy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2007

"Malloy (The Year of Ice, 2002) fails to bestow upon his character one bit of self-knowledge, and that's the most dispiriting thing of all."
A lifelong loser finds new ways to screw up in Malloy's depressing second novel. Read full book review >

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FINDING BRENDAN by Philip F. O'Conner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"O'Conner's third may have its heart in the right place, but readers will grow out of patience with its mushiness."
A thesis novel is wrecked by the author's sentimentality and by excessive zeal in trying to show that the retarded are almost always better off outside institutions. Read full book review >

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ANTHONY POWELL by Michael Barber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2004

"Amazingly dull for such a relatively short text concerning a group of brilliant artists during a lively cultural period."
Dreary biography of the writer best known for his 12-novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time. Read full book review >

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DAWN POWELL by Tim Page
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Unconvincing in placing Powell at the forefront of mid-century authors, but gratifying to aficionados of New York City literary mores."
Novelist Dawn Powell is rediscovered in a kindly biography that also recalls the hard- drinking literati of Greenwich Village in the decades surrounding WWII. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 15, 1991

"B&w and color photos; chronology; index. (Biography. 8-11)"
This unabashedly hero-worshipping biography of the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff suffers from the very ``larger-than-life'' portrait it creates. Read full book review >

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MAGGIE SMITH by Michael Coveney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"An authoritative and perceptive portrait."
The illustrious career of "a great stage actress in both comedy and tragedy, and an international film star." Read full book review >

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BRENDAN PRAIRIE by Dan O’Brien
Released: May 6, 1996

"This tale's first-rate location details and good intentions, unfortunately, aren't enough to overcome an uneven plot burdened by schmaltz, too many particulars on falcon-training, and serious problems too readily overcome."
South Dakota biologist O'Brien (The Spirit of the Hills, 1988, etc.) continues to write well about what he knows best—the places and people of the Black Hills—but still struggles to surmount the melodramatic clichÇs that have plagued his fiction. Read full book review >

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COLIN POWELL by Anne Schraff
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"For researchers, however, this is a straightforward—sometimes exciting—story of a remarkable life. (b&w photos, not seen, chronology, notes, further reading, index) (Biography. 11+)"
A chronicle of the life of the soldier, general, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, through his decision in the fall of 1995 not to run for president. Read full book review >