Search Results: "Bruce Watson"


BOOK REVIEW

LIGHT by Bruce Watson
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An ingenious combination of science and art history."
The usual popular-science history of light begins with the ancient Greeks and peters out soon after Einstein, but this fine account by Smithsonian contributing writer Watson (Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 that Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy, 2010, etc.) paints with a broader brush.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 2010

"A moving record of the power of idealism."
Blow-by-blow account of the ghastly reception given the Freedom Summer volunteers who attempted to register black voters in Mississippi in 1964. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WHO CHANGED HOW BOYS AND TOYS WERE MADE by Bruce Watson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Artfully nostalgic account of a phenomenon that survived two world wars but not Elvis."
Journalist Watson offers up the life and times of Alfred C. Gilbert (1884-1961) with an aura of homage one might expect from anyone who ever, in childhood, confronted the subject's chief contribution to American culture: the Erector Set. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Likely to become for a new generation of readers the definitive account of a case that still arouses controversy."
Vivid recreation of the furor surrounding America's own Dreyfus Affair. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 22, 2005

"A fine reconstruction of events now too little remembered."
A vivid work of labor history, recounting a famed textile workers' strike of 1912. Read full book review >

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THANKSGIVING AT OUR HOUSE by Wendy Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 1991

"A welcome addition to Watson's attractive holiday books. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A family prepares for and celebrates a traditional Thanksgiving, with relatives, old and young, coming from near and far. Read full book review >

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TALKING TO ANGELS by Esther Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"A debut of uncommon, nearly perfect grace. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A book of beautiful mixed-media illustrations, with the look of children's scribbles: painted and repainted, scratched and drawn-over. Read full book review >

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PETER WATSON
by Gregory McNamee

Five hundred-odd years ago, in the time of Leonardo da Vinci, a scientist—a term then unknown—was a person of many parts, someone who might work in fields ranging from chemistry to botany, astronomy to metallurgy, to divine the hidden order of the universe.

Even as recently as the early Victorian idea, writes British science historian Peter Watson in his new ...


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BOOK REVIEW

STICK DOG DREAMS OF ICE CREAM by Tom Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"The single joke now in its fourth retelling is only for fans of the series…they may prefer squirrel watching to joining Stick Dog this time. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Will Stick Dog and his buddies find a way to beat the heat? Read full book review >

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HOLLY’S CHRISTMAS EVE by Wendy Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Though the story is a simple one, the amusing characters, folksy narrative voice, and attractive illustrations combine into a satisfying, if unusual, Christmas Eve tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The ornaments on a glowing Christmas tree have a life and adventures of their own in this tale with a cheerful, retro feeling. Read full book review >

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HURRAY FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY by Wendy Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"A pleasure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the manner of Watson's other engaging holiday books (A Valentine for You, 1991), a simple narrative of a small-town family's Fourth of July celebration (``Everything is red, white, and blue, even breakfast''), interspersed with lively traditional verse (``Strawberry, blueberry, cream of tartum,/ Tell me the initials of your sweetheartum''). Read full book review >

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THE MARKET LADY AND THE MANGO TREE by Pete Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"For both, a strong debut. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sitting solid and capable amid her produce, ``Market Lady'' schemes: she'll capture the mangoes on the tree above her before they fall to the ground—where by custom they would be fair prey for the eager children flocking around her stall. Read full book review >