Search Results: "Brian X. Chen"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"A relevant, refreshingly charismatic nod to personal technology, its innovators and, of course, everything Apple."
A swift, engaging analysis of how the iPhone is changing the way technology is integrating contemporary society. Read full book review >

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I CAME, I DANCED, I WENT VIRAL
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher

Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: I Came, I Danced, I Went Viral
Bonus Factors: Kick-Ass Gram, Internet Fame
Relationship Status: Drinking Buddy

Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz

This cover is great: it screams “prom,” but ...


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PLAYTIME WITH MCKISSACK
by Julie Danielson

Award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack (born in middle Tennessee, I proudly add) has had a long and distinguished career in the field of children’s literature. Not one to rest on her laurels—I believe she will turn 73 this year—she’s bringing readers this month a superb new book, a volume that I’ve no doubt we’ll judge later as one of the ...


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PATRICIA C. MCKISSACK
by Jessie Grearson

Have you ever wondered who wrote “Amazing Grace” or thought about the haunting story behind the hymn “I’ll Fly Away”? Ever skipped rope to “Hot Pepper” or counted “Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo”? Then Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn it Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood is for you. Award-winning author Patricia ...


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A BLIND SPOT FOR BOYS by Justina  Chen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A mostly satisfying 'round-the-world romance. (Romance. 14-18)"
Sixteen-year-old photographer Shana, a secondary character from Chen's previous novel, Return to Me (2013), takes center stage in this stand-alone companion romance. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO ME by Justina  Chen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Disappointing. (Paranormal fiction. 13 & up)"
A teen psychic learns to embrace her visions after her father breaks up their family. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2003

"A richly textured past intimately evoked."
From an Italian journalist who lives part of the year in New York, a beguiling memoir of growing up in a Tuscan city, learning to cook local and family favorites. Read full book review >

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MY LAST EMPRESS by Da Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A lyrical tale of crossed borders, boundaries and destinies, expertly told."
Nabokov meets Dream of the Red Chamber. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2004

"Top-notch. Deserving of a place alongside Michael Herr's Dispatches, Anthony Swofford's Jarhead, and other classic or soon-to-be-so tales of modern war."
A consistently engaging kill-and-tell tale of life in olive drab. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2011

"Intelligent, convincing and depressing, despite the author's evident zest for teaching."
Expanding on his controversial Atlantic Monthly essay, "Professor X" assails the ill-considered optimism that encourages unprepared students to assume crippling debt to get college degrees they don't really need. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Less interesting than the headlines promised. (16 pages of photos, not seen)"
A pedestrian retelling of a true crime case involving mass murder at the University of Iowa. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Minor problems, and a thick theoretical vocabulary aside, Chen's thesis is fundamentally sound, supportable, and intellectually challenging."
An ambitious revisionist challenge to Edward Said's concept of Orientalism. Read full book review >