Search Results: "Calvin Tomkins"


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DUCHAMP by Calvin Tomkins
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Tomkins, determined to make the very best of him, rises to an audacious challenge. (130 illustrations, not seen)"
A spirited, thoroughgoing deconstruction—responsible, if extravagantly partisan—of Marcel Duchamp's bohemian life and bizarre oeuvre, which formalist critics dismiss as monumental hype and postmodernists (``worshippers at the shrine of St. Read full book review >

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CALVIN by Martine Leavitt
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Equal parts coming-of-age tale, survival adventure, and love story, this outstanding novel also sensitively deals with an uncommon but very real teen issue, making it far more than the sum of its parts. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Calvin's personality seems to have been destined: he was born on the day comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" ended, his grandfather gave the infant a Hobbes-like tiger toy that was his constant childhood companion, and his best (and only) friend was always Susie. Read full book review >

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"A slowly unfolding plot allows time for the characters and milieu to establish themselves. Solid stuff, and publication-worthy."
A richly textured, character-driven story that revolves around the modest, yet captivating title character. Read full book review >

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ALEX by Dodie Kazanjian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

"Intriguing, persuasive account of a mercurial personality and the American fashion journalism he helped shape. (One hundred b&w photographs promise, judging from the eight seen, to add both gloss and substance.)"
Backstage view of the various lives of the legendary Liberman- -artist, photographer, and powerful editorial director of the CondÇ Nast magazines—by journalist Kazanjian and New Yorker staff writer Tomkins (Post-to-Neo, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >

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CALVIN COCONUT by Graham Salisbury
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2009

"An auspicious start to a series that is likely to have broad appeal. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Believable, funny characters populate this chronicle of fourth grader Calvin's life on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"More support, if any were needed, that Trillin is a leading humorist, even if some dust clings to a few of the essays and poems."
Some of the best pieces of the esteemed humorist's long career. Read full book review >

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CALVIN COCONUT by Graham Salisbury
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Light in tone, rich with cultural details and populated by likable characters, this slim volume will appeal to many a young reader. (Fiction. 7-10)"
This second installment about Oahu-dwelling Calvin builds on the engaging story line first introduced in the chapter-book series's debut title, Calvin Coconut, Trouble Magnet (2008). Read full book review >

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CALVIN CAN'T FLY by Jennifer Berne
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Between its heartwarming (but never treacly) story and quirky illustrations, this tale should be a staple among book-loving families as well as in libraries and elementary classrooms for years to come. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The irresistible story of a proud bookworm will put smiles on the faces of readers of all ages. Read full book review >

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CALVIN COCONUT: DOG HEAVEN by Graham Salisbury
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"A healthy dose of humor, such as Ledward's pet pig that rides with him in the front seat of his jeep, will keep readers engaged. (Fiction. 7-11)"
A school assignment about persuasive writing frames this appealing third offering in a series set on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Read full book review >

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CALVIN COCONUT:  KUNG FOOEY by Jacqueline Rogers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"This newest continues to spin a fun and thoughtful yarn. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Sixth in a winning series set in Oahu, Hawaii, this latest about 9-year-old Calvin spins a new twist about his struggle with the island bully that will leave readers satisfied with its auspicious, though imperfect, resolution. Read full book review >

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CALVIN, LOOK OUT! by Jennifer Berne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A tad didactic, but Calvin does look cool. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A starling gets spectacular specs. Read full book review >

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THE PRESIDENCY OF CALVIN COOLIDGE by Robert H. Ferrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 1998

"A well-researched account of American policy and society during the 1920s, which should become a standard reference, to the extent one is necessary, on this anything-but-visionary president."
From presidential biographer and historian Ferrell (Indiana Univ.; The Dying President?, p. 168; Harry S. Truman, 1994; Ill-Advised, 1992), a thoughtful, suitably prosaic treatment of the life, career, and legacy, such as it is, of Silent Cal. Read full book review >