Search Results: "Colin Evans"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2014

"A well-researched tale of a distant-seeming era and crime, echoing our own time's obsession with celebrity transgression and capacity for justifying violence."
Prolific true-crime writer Evans (Slaughter on a Snowy Morn: A Tale of Murder, Corruption, and the Death Penalty Case that Shocked America, 2012, etc.) examines the murder trial of Chilean heiress Blanca de Saulles ("The Flower of the Andes") in a narrative reminiscent of the background melodramas of The Great Gatsby or the musical Chicago. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 2001

"Everyone loves a good fight, especially on the world stage, and Evans calls these contests with skill and flair."
Arguments that got murderously out of hand, sometimes literally so, zestfully captured here by Evans (Great Feuds in Science, not reviewed). Read full book review >

BLOG POST

COLIN HARRISON
by Gregory McNamee

In his 1954 James Bond novel Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming observed that owning a large number of books tends to go hand in hand with “serious criminal tendencies.” Bibliophiles may object to the thought, but over the long run of history, collectors of many things—paintings, postage stamps, golf courses—have been implicated in all sorts of crimes connected ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE STEEL PAN MAN OF HARLEM by Colin Bootman
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

Bootman delivers a reimagined "Pied Piper of Hamelin," set in 1940s Harlem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CUSHIE BUTTERFIELD by Colin McNaughton
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 2005

"ISBN: 0-00-715467-4). (Picture book. 5-7)"
McNaughton borrows a name from an old comic ballad (a reference likely to escape most readers on this side of the pond, though Sting has recorded it for a children's album) for a tricky calf who schemes to stay home from school for a week and a day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PARADISE GARDEN by Colin Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Not all children will know how to take their futures in hand as Peter does, but the knowledge that they can try resides within these illuminating pages. (Picture book. 8-13)"
Thompson (Tower to the Sun, 1997, etc.) spins elements not so much of escape as solace in his story of a boy who flees the rattle and nonsense of his home life for the pastoral confines of an apparently endless city park. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An engaging personal account of the nature and inner struggle of nonviolence."
A mother's debut memoir focuses on her son and the practice of nonviolence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACK AND THE BAKED BEANSTALK by Colin Stimpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2012

"Stimpson's money-can't-buy-happiness moral goes down easily with the help of his wonderfully atmospheric artwork. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Stimpson's authorial debut is a remaking of the timeless fairy tale that includes both a wonderfully fleshed-out city circa the 1930s and an ending that is happy for everyone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE’RE OFF TO LOOK FOR ALIENS by Colin McNaughton
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"Inspired metafictive read-aloud fun for an elementary audience. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In a true testament to the old chestnut that truth is stranger than fiction, Dad shares his latest loopy children's book with his own kids. Mr. Mailman delivers a copy of We're Off to Look for Aliens, fresh from the printer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG LITTLE BOOK OF HAPPY SADNESS by Colin Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Jeremy's disability and unhappy future at the animal shelter disturbing, but the splendid conclusion makes this tale a joy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this quirky Australian import, young George lives with his grandmother "and an empty place where his mother and father should have been." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILD STORIES by Colin Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

These previously published stories of the creatures that inhabit a garden left to run wild is a complete and felicitous package, enhanced by the addition of a few poems and winning pen-and-ink drawings. Read full book review >