Search Results: "Charles C. Alexander"


BOOK REVIEW

SPOKE by Charles C. Alexander
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 31, 2007

"A comprehensive biography of one of the more accomplished, if unexciting, players in major-league history."
From baseball historian Alexander (Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era, 2001, etc.), a detailed history of one of baseball's greatest centerfielders. Read full book review >

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ROGERS HORNSBY by Charles C. Alexander
NON-FICTION
Released: July 27, 1995

"Alexander conveys an impressive wealth of facts, though his narrative seldom jumps off the page; nor does he satisfactorily explain how the game changed during Hornsby's career. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A thorough yet static portrait of one of the most accomplished players of baseball's ``golden age.'' ``I have never been a yes man,'' declared Rogers Hornsby in a 1950 interview, and this statement sums up his character. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"A useful, informative presentation. (38 photos, not seen)"
Baseball historian and biographer Alexander (Rogers Hornsby, 1995, etc.) takes a breathless tour through the national pastime as it adapted to the harsh economy of the Great Depression. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 1991

"The box score: an evenhanded audit of an enduring socioeconomic institution, which, for all its unsparing detail, should delight fans of any era."
An agreeably informal narrative history of organized baseball from a veteran annalist who knows how to work the corners. Read full book review >

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THE WILD ONES by C. Alexander London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Bold deeds, betrayals, and buffoonery kick off this series with gusto. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
Treacherous urban pets try to renege on an ancient deal with the wild residents of a city alleyway, and a young raccoon finds himself caught in the middle in this all-animal dramedy. Read full book review >

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WE DINE WITH CANNIBALS by C. Alexander London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Fans will be glad of the promise of an adventure in Atlantis to come; Celia and Oliver know adventure is only thrilling when it happens to someone else. (Humorous adventure. 10-14)"
Is it any wonder 11-year-old twins Oliver and Celia Navel hate explorers, given that all explorers ever do is nearly get them killed? Television is so much safer. Read full book review >

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MUSIC AND IDENTITY
by Leila Roy

Every so often, I pick up two books in a row that parallel and complement one another so very well that it’s both delightful and startling. This past weekend, it was two books that, on the surface, don’t have a ton in common: one is a middle grade novel about a zine-writing twelve-year-old who’s struggling with being the New Kid ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WE ARE NOT EATEN BY YAKS by C. Alexander London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Art not seen. (Adventure. 9-14)"
Eleven-year-old twins Celia and Oliver Navel have little in common with their famous explorer parents. Read full book review >

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GREAT ESCAPE by C. Alexander London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Agenda-driven from 'howl to snap'—but with action aplenty to go with considerations of complex issues. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
The Moonlight Brigade sallies out from Ankle Snap Alley to free the local zoo's captive creatures. Read full book review >

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A SCATTERING OF JADES by Alexander C. Irvine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Smartly written, unclichéd."
Intelligent and strongly written debut historical-fantasy by a descendant of P. T. Barnum's. Read full book review >

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LONGFELLOW by Charles C. Calhoun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"Could well encourage a new generation to read Longfellow."
A sprightly, long-needed biography of 19th-century America's most famous, myth-making poet. Read full book review >