Search Results: "Carter Crocker"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TALE OF THE SWAMP RAT by Carter Crocker
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Despite a contrived climax, readers may enjoy Crocker's low-key brand of humor and non-preachy philosophizing. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Like its drought-stricken Florida swamp setting, there is a steady but sluggish flow to this folksy, philosophical debut that may lose less patient readers, but those who stick with it may hear echoes of both Wind in the Willows and The Jungle Book. Read full book review >

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LAST OF THE GULLIVERS by Carter Crocker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"Fast-paced action, a sympathetic main character and appealing alternate reality combine here for a kid-friendly introduction to a classic. (Magical adventure. 10-14)"
Young readers won't need to have read Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels to enjoy this fantasy about a contemporary kid who comes across a village of Lilliputians by accident. Read full book review >

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CARTER CLAY by Elizabeth Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"A masterful story of simple people trying to understand God's inhumanity to man."
Agonizing, uncompromising southern gothic that glares unflinchingly at the cultural motifs of sin and salvation as they reassemble the shattered life of a burned-out Vietnam vet. Read full book review >

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HODDING CARTER by Ann Waldron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"Waldron eschews both hero-making and debunking: readable if surfacey."
Workmanlike biography of the combative (but socially adept) editor/publisher of Mississippi's Greenville Delta Democrat-Times. Read full book review >

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JIMMY CARTER by Tim O’Shei
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2002

"This series and the accompanying easy-to-navigate Web site will make this predictable assignment less daunting and a little more interesting for the writer. (index, chapter notes, annotated Web addresses, bibliography.) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Jimmy Carter's life story presented specifically for the reader who has a report to write for school. Read full book review >

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JIMMY CARTER by Anne Schraff
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A readable, if utilitarian, update for Ed Slavin's Jimmy Carter (1989) and the other series biographies. (b&w photos, index, not seen) (Biography. 10-13)"
In Schraff's view, although Carter's presidential record is decidedly mixed, in the days since he sacrificed his political career to save the lives of the Iran hostages, he has become our ``best example of a retired former president.'' In clear, concise prose, this entry in the United States Presidents series traces Carter's career from five-year-old peanut vendor to venerable peacemaker, showing how he overcame the obstacles of a rustic background and substandard education to excel in the navy, in business, and in politics, closing with a summary account of his post-presidential achievements up to his 1996 visit to Tunisia to mediate the Rwanda-Burundi conflict. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL by Glen David Gold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A wildly ambitious performance from a first-novelist who has all the tricks in his bag—but just doesn't know how to use them yet."
Debut historical, based on the real life of magician Charles Carter, that manages to get several balls in the air at once, only to let them drop along the way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2005

"Like a Betty Crocker recipe: goes down easy."
Cheerful social history follows the career of General Mills's long-lived celebrity spokeswoman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARTER & LOVECRAFT by Jonathan L.  Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Fans of the original Lovecraft will have their rewards—Cthulu (spoiler alert) makes an appearance—but this series debut from Howard (Nightclubbing, 2015, etc.) shines brightest when keeping to his characters' easy banter and creepy deaths."
A former cop delves into the supernatural when he's teamed with one of H.P. Lovecraft's descendants to solve a crime. Read full book review >

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JIMMY CARTER by Julian E. Zelizer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"In just 150 pages, Zelizer manages to effectively analyze how Carter's personality has led him to both failure and success."
Zelizer (History and Public Affairs/Princeton Univ.; Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security—From World War II to the War on Terrorism, 2009, etc.) insightfully examines the 39th president. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A touching account by a son who loved his father deeply and skillfully describes how fame and fortune can almost destroy a life."
How President Jimmy Carter's late younger brother, Billy, dealt with instant celebrity when the media stereotyped him as a southern "redneck" and "ol" boy" freak, as told by Billy's son. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCY CROCKER 2.0 by Caroline Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2000

"Another winner from a writer who, like Lucy Crocker, does many wonderful and clever things with consummate grace and wit. (BookoftheMonth Club/Quality Paperback Club alternate selection)"
Preston's insightful and deliciously funny second novel (after Jackie by Josie, 1997) features a memorable protagonist, the creator of a bestselling computer game, who finds herself ignored by her family and decides to fight back. Read full book review >