Search Results: "Brooks Hansen"


BOOK REVIEW

JOHN THE BAPTIZER by Brooks Hansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"A curious mélange of the sacred and profane, but always captivating when the sinners are onstage."
John the Baptist is an inspiring spiritual leader but a less-than-riveting protagonist in this fictional treatment from Hansen (The Monsters of St. Helena, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE MONSTERS OF ST. HELENA by Brooks Hansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Gloriously imagined—though with a rather low narrative temperature—with its spooky, dramatic detail giving it a feverish intensity."
An exotic locale, its fabled history, and the latter years of dethroned Napoleon Bonaparte are the colorful core materials of this intriguing third outing from Hansen (after Perlman's Ordeal, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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CAESAR'S ANTLERS by Brooks Hansen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"In his first book for children, aided by the black-and-white chapter drawings that launch each chapter, Hansen (for adults, The Chess Garden, 1995) creates a timeless atmosphere for a tale that is as unusual as it is accomplished. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A strangely tender story of love, loss, and devotion that is imbued with the rhythms of its creatures: a slow, compelling rhythm to match the placid determination of a reindeer named Caesar, offset by the quick, bright, frantic rhythms of the sparrows he is attempting to help. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"A tender, humorous account of a couple's struggle to start a family."
Novelist Hansen (The Monsters of St. Helena, 2002, etc.) chronicles the journey he took with his wife through years of fertility treatments and adoption proceedings. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Hansen (coauthor of Boone, not reviewed) echoes rather than equals or advances the achievements of Tolkien, Carroll, and Lewis."
Big subjects like history, religion, and science mingle awkwardly with Tolkien-like fantasy in Hansen's first solo fictionall about an aging doctor who finds spiritual solace in an imaginary continent inhabited by game pieces. Read full book review >

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AESOP IN CALIFORNIA by Doug Hansen
adapted by Doug Hansen, illustrated by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2013

"This affectionate, glowing collection will be hard to resist. (Fables. 4-8)"
North to south, east to west, across mountain, valley, ocean and desert, California's flora and fauna illustrate adapted Aesopian fables. Read full book review >

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CALIFORNIA, THE MAGIC ISLAND by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"A must in the Golden State; teachers in other states could use it as inspiration for their own mythic histories. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
In the early 16th century, a Spanish romantic adventure book told of Queen Calafia and her magical land, California, where she led black-skinned Amazon women of great courage and wisdom; Hansen plays on this trope in this illustrated tribute that combines history and myth. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A list of 'More Women of Hope' is appended. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
A gorgeous series of black-and-white photographic portraits that were part of a campaign to show people, especially young African-Americans, that "greatness looks like them" form the heart of this book. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Murky b&w photos and reproductions; notes; substantial bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Brought together in what novelist Hansen (Which Way Freedom?, 1986) calls a ``great experiment,'' black troops in the Civil War faced not only enemy armies but their own side's vicious racism while proving their ability. Read full book review >

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Released: March 25, 2001

"But never simplistic."
Hansen (Hitler's Niece, 1996, etc.) claims that the Church and its liturgy helped form his vocation as a writer. Read full book review >