Search Results: "Clair Swinburne"


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SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? by Clair Swinburne
Released: July 27, 2011

"A serious, sensitive book that teaches personal responsibility using whimsy and wonder."
In her debut "guide for the teenage mind," Swinburne provides a "life tool box" for parents, educators and young adults. Read full book review >

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THE EPIC OF CLAIR by E.C. Hansen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Dogmatic themes and clunky lyrics combine for a dyspeptic ride through this futuristic bildungsroman. (Dystopian epic. 14-18)"
Hansen chooses the ancient epic form and more or less blank verse to tell this postmodern tale of social upheaval in 21st-century Minneapolis-St. Paul. Read full book review >

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ARTHUR ST. CLAIR by R.W. Dick Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2014

"Although there are a few good points to pick out of this discussion, its subject might have been better served by a more scholarly approach."
A biography that sheds light on Maj. Gen. Arthur St. Clair (1734?-1818), a little-known Founding Father of the United States. Read full book review >

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CLAIR DE LUNE by Jetta Carleton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2012

"Fine and dry, with a faint flavor of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Carleton's vignette of innocence and experience has a bright wit and perceptive charm, rendered all the more enjoyable by its retro feel."
Newly discovered, the evocative fable of a young teacher's brush with professional disaster during a simpler-seeming era. Read full book review >

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CLAIR-DE-LUNE by Cassandra Golds
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 14, 2006

"Twaddle—and sloppy twaddle at that. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Goopily sentimental, drearily didactic, with not a single emotion un-telegraphed or story trope un-pilfered, this forced effort will appeal to only the most unsophisticated romantic. Read full book review >

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ALL CLAIR DE LA LUNE by H.A. Rey
Released: Sept. 18, 1941

"Illustrations in full color. This should prove very useful for nursery schools, kindergartens, etc."
Charming and very original presentation of a good selection of French nursery songs, with amusing layout for musical score,-the notes taking the form of appropriate objects, suggesting the text of the songs. Read full book review >

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THE FLIGHT by Clair Runyan
Released: June 17, 1991

"Buy the time travel, and you've bought a pretty good war story."
The US President is dying of cancer, and the cure lies 50 years in the past. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 31, 2011

"A vivid, if one-sided, saga of familial disaffection and twisted justice."
The author's custody battle highlights the oppression of divorced fathers in this rancorous memoir. Read full book review >

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OCTOBER SUITE by Maxine Clair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Some fine descriptive passages and a refreshingly nuanced portrait of African-Americans who are not obsessed by race, but the tale's overly studied quality suggests that this material has been worked over one too many times."
First-novelist Clair expands on several stories from Rattlebone (1994) to chronicle a decade in the life of a midwestern schoolteacher. Read full book review >

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RATTLEBONE by Maxine Clair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Even greater than the sum of its admirable parts."
Each of these related stories contains insight and intensity on its own; as a group they successfully create the African- American 1950s Kansas City (Kans.) community of the title as an insular world replete with detail and texture. Read full book review >

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WHOSE SHOES? by Stephen R. Swinburne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"EWSLUGp1991, but as that work is out of print, this will substitute nicely. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Firefighter, chef, mail carrier, ballerina, clown, farmer, soccer player, National Guard soldier and construction worker are depicted through their footwear in this photo essay that asks the title question over and over. Read full book review >

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WHAT’S OPPOSITE? by Stephen R. Swinburne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The opening page, of two feet, one clad in a tie-dyed sock and one with its little toes each painted a different color, and the last shot, of a tiny baby hand atop an adult one, bookend the images with an opposite of their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A photo essay in candy-bright colors that does better with its defining visuals than its text. Read full book review >