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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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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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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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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THE HANDSOME MAN'S DELUXE CAFÉ by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Thanks to that sturdy deus ex machina, Orphan Farm matron Mma Potokwane, all's well that ends well in perhaps the most tranquil and unruffled entry in this renowned series."
A slow mystery season in Botswana—there's only one proper case for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency—leaves its employees free to pursue all manner of adventures on their own. Read full book review >

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THE CAREFUL USE OF COMPLIMENTS by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Emphasizing, as usual, ethical quiddities that most mysteries either ignore or take for granted, Smith produces another absorbing case in which Isabel doesn't so much detect as interfere in a quietly masterful way more frivolous sleuths can only envy."
Though she feels blessed by her niece Cat's ex-lover and their baby, Isabel Dalhousie's life is anything but settled in this fourth gently probing adventure (Espresso Tales, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SATURDAY BIG TENT WEDDING PARTY by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2011

"Nothing very mysterious here, of course, but the solution to the problem of those dead cattle is wonderfully inconclusive, and you'll never get through the wedding with dry eyes."
Four last-minute complications for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency to sort out before associate detective Grace Makutsi can tie the knot with furniture salesman Phuti Radiphuti. Read full book review >

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THE REVOLVING DOOR OF LIFE by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"As usual, it's hard to tell from moment to moment which disturbances in Smith's universe (Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers, 2015, etc.) will pass after a momentary frisson and which will lead to serious ethical dilemmas. A bit like life, when you think about it."
More comings and goings at 44 Scotland St. and in its charming Edinburgh environs. Read full book review >