Search Results: "Carolyn Merriman"


BOOK REVIEW

HELLO, BABY ANIMALS! by Carolyn Merriman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Still, these wide-eyed baby animals are worth saying hello to over and over again. (iPad informational app. 2-6)"
This baby-animal app introduces kits and kittens and pups and puppies. Read full book review >

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BALLAD OF THE ANARCHIST BANDITS by John Merriman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Chilling historical evidence of the dire consequences of inequality and injustice."
While artists and writers rebelled against aesthetic conventions, anarchists terrorized pre-World War I Paris. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Lengthy accounts of local politics will strain readers' attention spans, but the author's animating affection makes his text for the most part thoroughly engaging. (15 photographs and 1 map, not seen)"
Loving literary postcard of a picturesque village that appears to grow from the limestone cliffs towering above the Ardèche River in southeastern France. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 2009

"Brisk and well-written, continually directing our attention toward contemporary analogues."
Chronicle of the 1894 bombing of an upscale Parisian café, which set a deadly pattern for the subsequent quarter-century and beyond. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2010

"Members of Merriman's generation will find this book familiar and moving; younger generations will see through popular stereotypes into the real struggles of their parents and grandparents.
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A thoughtful memoir of the search for meaning in post World War II America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 15, 2012

"An action-packed topical read that is sometimes overly complicated."
Fiction borrows heavily from fact in this stark action novel built around Mexico's drug war as it spills into the U.S. Read full book review >

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THE TALE OF TOBIAS by Jan Mark
adapted by Jan Mark, illustrated by Rachel Merriman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Newcomer Merriman creates sand- colored, unfussy paintings, with eccentric perspectives and idiosyncratic faces and features. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mark (Fun With Mrs. Thumb, 1993, etc.) offers a story from the Apocrypha, a collection of biblical books included in ancient versions of the Old Testament, about a young man who saves his family from destitution with the assistance of an angel. Read full book review >

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THE MIDNIGHT VERDICT by Brian Merriman
Released: April 9, 2001

"Once again, Ireland's preeminent poet balances colloquialism and lyricism with deceptive ease."
Heaney's previous efforts have included "works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past," for which he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. Read full book review >

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THE BIG WISH by Carolyn Conahan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2011

"Quirky and full of heart. (Picture book. 5-8)"
If wishes were dandelions, then... a whole town might go crazy. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DOGS by Carolyn Conahan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The new words to the old song provide a catchy alternative for musically inclined dog lovers, and there's a marmalade cat on every page to keep the cat lovers happy as well. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Conahan reworks the well-known words to the traditional Christmas carol to feature a canine crowd, beginning with "a pug puppy under the tree." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REDOUTÉ by Carolyn Croll
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 19, 1996

"Very pretty. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5+)"
RedoutÇ's name is known through the popularity of his rose and lily paintings, but few people know anything about the man who was court-appointed painter to both Marie Antoinette and Empress Josephine, and who said to Napoleon, ``Painting flowers may be something small, but it is what I do best, because it is what I love most.'' RedoutÇ's simple botanical drawings of single flowers were quite revolutionary in the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries when the fashion was for glamorous portraits and mythological scenes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TWISTED TALE by Carolyn Fisher
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers who find Causley's 'Quack,' Said the Billy Goat (1986), or Most's Cow That Went Oink (1990) a trifle sedate won't have that problem with this unrestrained solo debut. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Fisher punches up a well-worn plot with vivid language and swirling modernist art that incorporates an equally wild hand-lettered text. Read full book review >