Search Results: "Charley Hoce"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Hoce makes no effort to be systematic, though he does identify a few of his examples in a closing list; readers or listeners may still be inspired by his efforts to try some wordplay of their own. (Poetry. 8-10)"
In 30 short verses, an educator puts an assortment of livestock through some unusual paces to demonstrate homophones, personification, alliteration and such other "language skills" as idioms and puns, e.g., "I went under the fence this morning. / No one knows where I am. / I love the freedom that I've found. / I'm a sheep that's on the lam." Read full book review >

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TOMBS AND TREASURES by Catherine Charley
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Nevertheless, this is filled with intriguing—and gruesome—nuggets on archeology, burial customs, art, architecture, and more. (clear acetate overlays, not seen, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The latest installment in the See Through History series is a fascinating compendium of sites of buried treasure all over the world, including tombs from Tutankhamen and Philip II of Macedonia to the Lords of Sip†n in Peru and China's terracotta army. Read full book review >

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ALOHA, LADY BLUE by Charley Memminger
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Colorful characters, shaggy plotting, a seemly modicum of wisecracks, and enough expository and scenic asides for a guidebook."
Humor columnist Memminger's first novel follows a prematurely retired newsman through the paradise of the Hawaiian Islands as he unearths some old and very dirty secrets. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2012

"As frothy as a ballpark beer."
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day—a celebration of the many men (and one woman) of Irish descent who have densely populated professional baseball, especially in its earliest decades. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Not surprisingly, Gerard comes down in the middle of this debate, but he does so with integrity and thoughtfulness, making the middle look like the only logical place to be."
Gerard, a white musician whose previous books have been about how to play jazz, turns to a consideration of who is doing the playing. Read full book review >

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THE COCKROACH BASKETBALL LEAGUE by Charley Rosen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"An introduction by Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson is yet another clue that this one is for hoop-junkies only."
Rare among sports novelists in that he uses basketball rather than the traditional baseball or football as his milieu, Rosen here provides a failed but nonetheless amusing look at life in the Commercial Basketball Association (clearly a pseudonym for the real CBA, or Continental Basketball Association, in which the author has been a coach and trainer). Read full book review >

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RACE TO DAKAR by Charley Boorman
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Gets off to a fast start, but flags before the finish line."
A struggling actor enters one of the most dangerous motorcycle races in the world and kicks up a lot of dust. Read full book review >

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PRIDE by Charley Pride
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 1994

"Filled with wit and grit, an admirable exemplar of the celebrity bio genre."
The first black country music star spins a great life story. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 2008

"An amusing, well-intentioned adventure story that forgot to add the adventure."
Two best friends set out on a road trip across Africa. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2011

"Contains elements of interest to the serious baseball fan, but this one is for Yankees die-hards only."
A look at the performance of the New York Yankees' relief pitchers during the 2010 season, featuring interviews, game recaps and anecdotes. Read full book review >