Search Results: "Christopher David Costanzo"


BOOK REVIEW

MY CIA by Christopher David Costanzo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A fascinating though somewhat censored memoir that also serves as an organizational critique of the CIA."
In his debut, a CIA veteran recounts his challenges and frustrations working for the intelligence agency from 1966 to 1991. Read full book review >

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The Grand Junction by Joe Costanzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2014

"Short and sweet; a mosaic of people, places and culture well worth knowing."
Costanzo (Restoration, 2014, etc.) presents his readers with a lush, literary portrait of family and culture across America after the second world war. Read full book review >

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RESTORATION by Joe Costanzo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 28, 2011

"A journalist's carefully plotted story shines in its depiction of Italian culture."
A man's return to his childhood home in Italy connects him to the controversial attempts to restore an old church. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 1997

"This volume is as likely to annoy as to persuade those who support the death penalty, but its opponents will find a disappointingly modest handful of ammunition. (For another look at the death penalty, see John D. Bessler, Death in the Dark: Midnight Executions in America, p. 1424.)"
A polemic maintaining that the death penalty is cruel and unfair, that it doesn't prevent crime, and that it can be replaced by a sentence of life without parole (LWOP). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KNITTY KITTY by David Elliott
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Reminiscent of Galdone's Three Little Kittens, though without its folk simplicity, this is a winner for all collections of kitty lit. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In a cottage nestled in the wintry countryside, "Clickety-click. / Tickety-tick. / Knitty Kitty sits and knits." Read full book review >

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A PERFECT NAME by Charlene Costanzo
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Made to be part of a storytime that could include Kevin Henkes's Chrysanthemum and Yangsook Choi's The Name Jar, and sure, as the author writes in 'A Note to Parents,' to inspire queries about the source and meaning of children's own names. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two hippos, Mama and Papa Potamus, strive to choose just the right name for their Little One. Read full book review >

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THE ACADEMY OF PLANETARY EVOLUTION by David R. Shapiro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 2014

"Edifying and entertaining; recommended for serious dinosaur aficionados looking for scholarly, in-depth information. (maps, glossary, bios) (Graphic informational fantasy. 8-14)"
Three exceptionally bright children find themselves at an exclusive time-traveling academy—and on the run from some fellow time travelers seeking them and their magical map. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"An exciting bragging-rights adventure on the basketball court, around and beyond planet Earth and back again. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Two teens on a city basketball court start a game of matching each other's shots. Miss five tries and you are out! Read full book review >