Search Results: "Clay Shirky"


BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE RICE by Clay Shirky
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A compact, accessible, and intelligently delivered update on China's evolving economic and political front via one particularly accomplished electronics venture."
A compact report on the world's biggest economy, told through the story of the third-largest global manufacturer of smartphones. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 3, 2008

"Some wise observations amidst a predominantly old-news text."
With newfangled technology like cell-phone photography and Internet bloggery, the course of human events is entering a new epoch, a networking guru informs us. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 2010

"An informed look at the social impact of the Internet."
Digital-age guru Shirky (Interactive Telecommunications/New York Univ.; Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, 2008, etc.) argues that new technology is making it possible for people to collaborate in ways that have the potential to change society. Read full book review >

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ANTS 'N' UNCLES by Clay Rice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A lively introduction to distant places with some deeply unfortunate visuals. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Silhouette artist Rice offers another imaginative tale using his intricate cut-paper designs. Read full book review >

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BEAR AT THE BEACH by Clay Carmichael
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Clara's presence at the end musters only cold comfort. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A depressing fable about Clara's toy bear who longs in vain for a father and makes futile gestures to reach him: ``message after message in paper ships'' and a sand sculpture (``It is a hard thing to watch your father wash away''). Read full book review >

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THEA'S TREE by Judith Clay
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"With its droll paintings and fablelike story, the book will appeal to those whose tree-hugging instincts and good wishes for the Earth's future are intact. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Although Thea has grown up in an ugly brick city without trees, flowers or plants (is it in Europe or North America?), her parents remember trees with fondness. Read full book review >

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USED-UP BEAR by Clay Carmichael
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"A joyous ending, in which Bear admires himself 'all morning in the mirror,' brings great relief, as well as a message of love and loyalty. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This story of a well-loved, fraying stuffed toy features a protagonist suffering heartbreaking sadness and misery. Read full book review >

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BROTHER, BROTHER by Clay Carmichael
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 30, 2013

"A soppy, at times sanctimonious melodrama that still entertains. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
With his grandmother dead, 17-year-old Billy "Brother" Grace has nothing...except a family mystery. Read full book review >

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HITLER'S U-BOAT WAR by Clay Blair
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Military history of a surpassingly high order, which (assuming no letdown in the concluding volume) could become the standard reference on U-boats. (maps and photos, not seen) (History Book Club selection)"
The first of two volumes recounting in sweeping (almost too sweeping) detail the true impact of Nazi Germany's storied U-boats on the course of WW II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2007

"Readable, if something of a footnote to history."
Did sibling rivalry lead to the slaughter that was World War I? This psychobiography makes a good case in the affirmative. Read full book review >

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SANTIAGO AND THE DRINKING PARTY by Clay Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A rather aimless chronicle of exile and discovery."
Morgan (Aura, 1983—not reviewed) tells the story of a restless Yankee who goes south of the border to find the magic that eludes him at home—but who can't figure out what to do with it once he's there. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO RETURNED FROM THE SEA by Clay Morgan
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Undiscriminating readers likely won't mind that the writing is amateurish, much of the dialogue is unrealistic and the ending isn't conclusive, suggesting yet another sequel. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this sequel to The Boy Who Spoke Dog (2003), Jack makes his way back to the uninhabited island on which he had been stranded a year earlier. Read full book review >