Search Results: "Bruce McCall"


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MARVELTOWN by Bruce McCall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The fantastical gouache paintings awe the eye with taffy colors, depicting a world where Star Wars meets the Jetsons, a place where if you can imagine it, you can make it happen. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Beginning with the exhilarating sky-skiing invented by the children of Marveltown, this picture book will thrill budding science-fiction enthusiasts. Read full book review >

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THIN ICE by Bruce McCall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"McCall is always amusing, but his survivalist comic viewpoint is instructive, too, as a model for overcoming truly miserable circumstances."
New Yorker humorist McCall (Zany Afternoons, not reviewed) effectively cauterizes his own dysfunctional family with his trademark red-hot, rapier wit. Read full book review >

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THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME (BUT MOSTLY ME) by Bruce McCall
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Lightweight, mostly amusing fare."
A busman's holiday through the imagined, exaggerated playgrounds of the unconscionably rich. Read full book review >

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THE STEPS ACROSS THE WATER by Adam Gopnik
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"U Nork construct proves fascinating, readers may find the overt 'Snow Queen' correspondences intrusive, bewildering and misguided. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A little girl learns the meaning of family in this fantasy adventure loosely based on Andersen's "Snow Queen" and set in both New York City and a parallel metropolis called U Nork. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"For any who might think race relations and conditions in African-American communities have been improving since the hard-won civil-rights victories of the 50's and 60's: a devastating, full- bodied reality check."
Hopelessness, anguish, and anger seethe through this riveting account, by Washington Post reporter McCall, of one man's roller- coaster rise from the violent, self-annihilating street life of his generation to a respectable position above the fray. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S GOING ON by Nathan McCall
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Despite some flaws, this is a strong effort from the journalist turned essayist. (Author tour)"
McCall follows up his critically acclaimed autobiography Makes Me Wanna Holler (1994) with this eye-opening collection of personal essays on race and racism in America. Read full book review >

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ATTACK OF THE GIANT ROBOT CHICKENS by Alex McCall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Kids saving themselves from the egg-pocalypse: priceless. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 8-12)"
Robot chicken apocalypse...no one saw that coming! Read full book review >

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A WIDE AND CAPABLE REVENGE by Thomas McCall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1993

"Though it runs out of mystery before it runs out of pages, this is a likable, fast-moving debut for McCall and his appealing heroine, who seems well placed for a series."
When Eva Ramirez is shot four times through the confessional door in Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, one-legged Lt. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Pura Belpré winner McCall delivers an ambitious, sardonically relevant historical novel—a must-read, complex twist on a political Shakespearean tragedy. (cast of characters, author's note, further reading, sources, glossary) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
In the early 1900s in Texas, the Mexican Revolution crosses the border, dividing the brown-skinned gente (people) from the white authority of the Texas Rangers. Read full book review >

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THE COMFORTS OF A MUDDY SATURDAY by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Another insubstantial yet deeply rooted paean to Isabel's status as an 'intermeddler' whose reasoning begins where other literary sleuths' ends."
Even more than her first four adventures, Isabel Dalhousie's fifth is a record of complications that constantly challenge her ethical faculties while charmingly failing to disturb her tranquility. Read full book review >

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THE LOST ART OF GRATITUDE by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

Inspired and encouraged by verses from W.H. Auden, Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie again confronts wickedness masquerading as mere crime. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 26, 2012

"Gently but invincibly obtuse, von Igelfeld is too much an elephantine cartoon to inspire the love readers have given Precious Ramotswe and Isabel Dalhousie."
Prolific McCall Smith, who's unaccountably neglected Professor Dr. Dr. (honoris causa) (mult.) Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld ever since the trilogy that ended with At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances (2004), presents five more adventures for the eminent but clueless philologist. Read full book review >