Search Results: "Claudio Petrillo"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 19, 2009

"Implausible but laudable."
A far-fetched book of poetry that nonetheless delivers a valuable message of consolation to those who have lost loved ones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2008

"A touching exploration of life's possibilities which illustrates that death is not an end, but a part of the life cycle."
Inspirational afterlife memoir studded with messages for the living from a young man who has passed, as divined through his father. Read full book review >

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INFERENCES FROM A SABRE by Claudio Magris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1991

"General Krasnov remains as incomplete as the sabre from which all these inferences are drawn."
A very short (85-page) hybrid of a novel—essentially a lightly fictionalized investigation of real people and real events—by Italian author and critic Magris (the nonfiction Danube, 1989). Read full book review >

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JUST ANOTHER MORNING by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Even children well aware of the pleasures of Pretend will trail along admiringly in the wake of this very Young Indiana Jones. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Though he doesn't retreat so far into the Id as Max in his wolf suit, here's a lad who wakes surrounded by live zoo animals (plush, in the pictures), tiptoes past sleeping "giants" and rappels down a stepped "mountain" to get to the kitchen, confronts a voracious, sucking monster in the utility closet, then goes on to further adventures indoors and out before one of those "giants" snags him for a bath, a cuddle, and a nap. Read full book review >

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AHWOOOOOOOO! by Yannick Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: June 12, 2006

"It is a tender, sometimes humorous journey that evokes the yearning of childhood while setting forth the virtues of the multi-generational family. (Picture book. 4-6)"
"I want to howl," says Little Wolf. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Veers close to the category of family memoir as public therapy, but at bottom a thoughtful account of life with a father who found the behavior of atomic particles far easier to comprehend than the emotional life of his son. (Author tour)"
The son of a Nobel laureate and Manhattan Project collaborator meditates on the inspirations and disappointments of a difficult relationship. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2014

"An unexpected, poetic tale, in which the medium really is the message."
This new version of Don Quixote is less an update of Cervantes than a comforting affirmation that our souls live on after we die. Read full book review >

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TÍA ISA WANTS A CAR by Meg Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"A pleasant tale of determination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Tía Isa dreams of buying a big car, green like the ocean that surrounds the island that she, her brother Andrés and their niece left to move to the United States. Read full book review >

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LITTLE PIG FIGWORT CAN’T GET TO SLEEP by Henrietta Branford
ANIMALS
Released: March 18, 2002

"Young readers will surely predict what's next: the last series of vignettes shows the once-perky porker as he finally settles down to sleep. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Struggling to sleep, the late Branford's (The Fated Sky, not reviewed, etc.) porcine star embarks on a series of adventures in this satisfying bedtime fantasy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

This well-documented resource, designed to support the social-science curricula in elementary- and middle-school classrooms, offers clear instructions on how to make 54 hands-on activities that celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Latino culture in the United States. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLAMELESS by Claudio Magris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Like war itself, this novel reveals its ineffable mysteries though it resists being understood too easily."
Through an accumulation of devastating details, an Italian novel made up of stories within stories reveals truths about World War II and its aftermath that many (in the novel as well as in real life) would prefer to keep buried. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WEST OF THE REVOLUTION by Claudio Saunt
NON-FICTION
Released: June 16, 2014

"A welcome amplification of the American story."
A multilayered American history of "formative events…occurring not just along the Eastern Seaboard but across all of North America." Read full book review >