Search Results: "Chris West"


BOOK REVIEW

A HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS by Chris West
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Stamp collectors and Anglophile history buffs alike will enjoy this book—and for the reader who's both, it's a sure bet."
A philatelic journey through Old Blighty, suitably geeky at moments, though not without a robust nostalgia for empire and better days. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF AMERICA IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS by Chris West
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Lightweight but informative, like a classy commemorative."
The author of A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps (2013) returns with a similar volume for the United States. Read full book review >

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A THING OF WONDER
by Julie Danielson

Here is something poet and Newbery author Kwame Alexander writes in the preface of his brand-new book, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, coming to shelves in March. I think I literally applauded when I read this, since sadly, poetry is sometimes the neglected child in language arts educational programs across the country:

“I remember reading and reading lots of ...

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THE LAST, THE FIRST, THE BEST
by Julie Danielson

Because it’s the holidays, I had some down time this week to look through some early-2017 picture book releases. At the same time, however, 2016 isn’t quite over yet, so today I’m going to tell you about two expertly crafted picture books – one out this week in the last gasp of this year and one that hits bookshelves just ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SPLIT SECOND by Kasie West
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A fast, smart thriller populated by lively characters. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Best friends Addie and Laila uncover secrets about their community and the development of supernatural abilities. Read full book review >

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THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 2, 2013

"An antidote to dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction, this Cinderella story is sweet and hopeful. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Caymen is 17 and on the cusp of college when she meets Xander and discovers there's more to a guy than his bank-account balance. Read full book review >

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GO TELL IT TO THE TOUCAN by Colin West
Released: Nov. 12, 1990

Rollicking, repetitive verse tells how Jumbo the elephant asks various of his friends to get the toucan to announce his—Jumbo's—birthday, with the satisfying surprise that the friends gather together with one another before they find the messenger. Read full book review >

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Released: March 20, 1989

British readers' appetite for fresh slants on Soviet penetration of UK security services is apparently insatiable. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Not a definitive biography, but rather an endearingly personal one that opens up a window on the soul of a writer who experienced firsthand much of what was vital in his time. (8 pages illustrations, not seen)"
Charming urbanity and a keen historical imagination characterize this biography of the writer who not only helped invent the novel, but did much to shape the modern newspaper and the modern political campaign. Read full book review >

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THE THIRD MESSIAH by Christopher West
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The ending's a bit ragged, but West (Death of a Blue Lantern, not reviewed) makes everyday Beijing a believable place and honorable, amiable Detective Wang a sturdy protagonist."
In modern China, where computers are as common as rickshaws once were, Anzuang Wang finds that being a good policeman is a complex matter. Read full book review >

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OK by Paul West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"West's enduring curiosity, energy, and 'chutzpah' make him one of the most consistently interesting novelists at work today—and OK is one of his most interesting books."
The mythology of the American West has once again begun to take hold of some of our best writers' imaginations—notably so in this sharply imagined 18th novel by the versatile stylist whose widely ranging fiction includes, most recently, Life With Swan (1999). Read full book review >

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THE LOVERS by Morris West
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"It's an old song, but West (The Masterclass, 1991, etc. etc.) sure knows the words and has a great voice. (First printing of 125,000)"
Killing time before starting his civilian life, an Aussie sailor signs on with the crew of an American yacht and promptly falls in love with the owner's gorgeous, young fiancÇe—in a clever romance by a master entertainer. Read full book review >