Search Results: "Charles Montgomery"


BOOK REVIEW

HAPPY CITY by Charles Montgomery
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An elegant charting of the intersection of urban design and the ever-shifting conception and appreciation of happiness."
Canadian journalist Montgomery (The Shark God: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in the South Pacific, 2006) explores the many ideas and movements seeking to change the structures and souls of our cities to make them more meaningful, heart-gladdening places. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2006

"Travel fans will enjoy Montgomery's colorful, evocative narrative, but will want to take his survey of South Seas folklore with more than a few grains of salt."
Following in the footsteps of his missionary great-grandfather, Montgomery journeys to the remote South Seas in search of pagan rituals, native magic and the story of an early martyr. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"The are electrifying, if fleeting encounters: with a baby dolphin turning its pink belly to the surface, or a pair of dolphins swimming by while (for all intents and purposes) holding hands."
Montgomery's (Spell of the Tiger, 1994) at times piquant voyage of wonder to commune with the pink dolphin of the Amazon is marred by writing so unfiltered and moony it makes your teeth ache. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Laced with captivating color photos and capped with an array of facts and resources about bears of all sorts, this pared-down version of the adult title should be irresistible to bear lovers and budding naturalists alike. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
With characteristic verve, the author of The Tarantula Scientist(p. 182) reports on an expedition into Laos and Thailand, trailing an elusive new kind of bear—related to the indigenous Moon Bear, but with spectacular golden coloring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THINGS BETWEEN US by Lee Montgomery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2006

"Everyone with a terminally ill parent should read this spare account, which is damn near perfect."
The executive editor of Tin House magazine perfectly captures a middle-aged rite of passage: returning home to help a parent die. Read full book review >

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THE RAFTERS by A.C. Montgomery
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A murky world filled with unrealized narrative and thematic potential."
Set in a richly imagined realm that fuses various elements of urban fantasy and science fiction, this grand-scale fantasy adventure revolves around a young man on a quest to understand and fulfill his mysterious and potentially world-changing destiny. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Styled more as an adventure narrative than a traditional history, an enjoyable romp with Lewis, Clark, and Pike, along with an interesting introduction to the drama of Aaron Burr's failed attempt to establish himself as emperor of the Louisiana territories. (6 b&w illustrations, 6 maps)"
A good general history that portrays the Lewis and Clark expedition and the expeditions of Zebulon Pike as parts of a larger struggle to establish power in western America. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

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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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"A well written, admiring and thought-provoking portrait. (foreword by Grandin, index, facts about autism and factory farming) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
The biography of an exceptional woman who, remarkably, made use of her condition to discover her calling and changed her own and many animals' lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2002

"A treat for fans of the crocodile-hunting, snow leopard-searching, wolves-and-men genre, and a solid addition to it."
Nature writer Montgomery (Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon, 2002, etc.) leads us on an evocative journey to difficult places, following the trail of a mystery creature. Read full book review >

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PROMISE OF DEPARTURE by LW Montgomery
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"Engrossing prose but myopic in focus."
A man flees his failed marriage for the post-quake destruction of Haiti to repair motorcycles and find purpose. Read full book review >