Search Results: "Charles Hamm"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Though Hamm's arguments are well made, his overly academic approach stifles the very exuberance so endemic to the works of this popular songwriter."
A comprehensive study of the first seven years of songwriting (ending with his first Broadway musical) from one of America's most popular songwriters. Read full book review >

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CHARLES TAYLOR

Reliant as they were on call girls, cars, corpses, and Kris Kristofferson, the B-movies of the 1970s may not qualify as high art, according to cultural critic Charles Taylor, but at least they took American audiences seriously.

“For me, the staying power of these movies has to do with the way they stand in opposition to the current juvenile state ...


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YOUR BEST BETS FOR FASCINATING SF/F/H READS IN JULY
by John DeNardo

Summer reading season is in full swing, and if you'd like to join the beach party, there's plenty of entertainment to be found in the pages of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books. July's cream of the crop includes stories about a robot hitman, a dark and previously unseen perspective on Peter Pan, a woman with supernatural ...


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A BOY AND HIS SKUNK
by Leila Roy

“I love him,” Bat said. He hadn’t meant to say it out loud. Mom laughed. “Careful, or you might make me jealous,” she said.
“But it’s true,” Bat said. “I love him.” 
Mom said they’d have to hand the kit over to the rescue center in a month. But Bat, holding the tiny animal in ...

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START YOUR READING YEAR OFF RIGHT WITH JANUARY'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BOOKS
by John DeNardo

Another year of reading begins! What better way to start it off than with books that will stretch your imagination? This month's selection of the best science fiction and fantasy reads offers sword and sorcery, eldritch horrors, a richly-imagined forest world, deals with the Devil in the Old West, espionage across parallel worlds, and a 25th Century whodunit ...


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FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN BROOKLYN by Frederick Douglass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Proof that Douglass' speeches, responding to the historical exigencies of his time, amply bear rereading today."
A collection of rousing 19th-century speeches on freedom and humanity. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 3, 2001

"Indeed, there's no reason to think that the mare's nest of associations between groups of the violent right is anything but humming along, which is enough to run a shiver of dread right up the spine."
Meticulous, if stiffly presented, probings into the activities of the Aryan Revolutionary Army—and their possible links to Timothy McVeigh. Read full book review >

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FIRST CALL: GREETING 2017 WITH TROUBLE-FRAUGHT STORIES IN HAND
by J. Kingston Pierce

There are some years when it’s pretty easy to pick out which first-quarter crime, mystery, and thriller novels are destined to become the Big Reads, those books that enjoy extraordinary promotions and generate the most word-of-mouth. Such is not the case heading into the initial three months of 2017. There are so many promising new works by so many familiar ...


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NEW IN MARCH 2017
by Leila Roy

There are HEAPS of books coming out this month, and I want to read a LOT of them.

Let’s take a look!

A Boy Called Bat, by Elana K. Arnold

I’ve already written about this treasure at length, but my love is such that I can’t let a single opportunity to recommend it pass me by. Buy it, read it ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 1997

"Serviceable as a reconstruction of a national disaster, but it fails to substantiate the conspiracy theories that inform it. (illustrations, not seen)"
An academic's speculative take on the April 19, 1995, blast that leveled the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people (including 19 children) and injuring over 500 more. Read full book review >

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THE SILK PRINCESS by Charles Santore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2007

"Beautiful work—but Lily Toy Hong's The Empress and the Silkworm (1995) sticks closer to the original story and culture. (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
Santore reworks an ancient Chinese legend about the discovery of silk into a sumptuously illustrated tale featuring an Emperor's daughter, a dragon (can't have a Chinese story without a dragon, after all) and an old, probably divine weaver who plays an important role until suddenly disappearing, along with the lustrous fabric he's been creating. Read full book review >