Search Results: "Craig J. Spearing"


BOOK REVIEW

OUR TEXAS by Jackie Mims Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A bumpy ride through the Lone Star State. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
"The great state of Texas is waiting for you. / Come travel the land and meet people, too. / Then pick a direction—north, south, east, or west— / and you can decide which parts you like best." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"An author's note explains the beginnings of the Conestoga wagon in America, and a few historical details about the actual event. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A farmer from the countryside and his great big wagon carry the Liberty Bell to a safe hiding place. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEMIMA J by Jane Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"Slightly unpredictable story development saves this from exactly duplicating the vast mound of similar feel-good modern fairy tales for women, but it lives in the same neighborhood."
An overweight woman turns from ugly duckling to swan in British novelist Green's American debut: a tale that offers plenty of engaging plot twists but not much substance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

J. EDEN by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1996

"Terrific takes on time's rush, with a touch of that personal enlightenment offered to a certain generation of moviegoers by The Big Chill—but less glib."
Reedian thoughts about life, marriage, middle age, and children when three couples, their kids, and a close friend spend the summer lumped together in a New England farmhouse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRAIRIE DOG PIONEERS by Jo Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Spearing's art recalls the charm of woodcuts, with stylized and tidy landscapes, structures, and people. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Mae Dean is stunned when her father announces that he is moving his family from their home and manicured yard with the tree swing to the Texas Panhandle where they will have their own land and sod hut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OSCAR J by Sherlene Adolphe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"A compassionate guide that can help parents and kids with tough questions."
A debut book steers young readers and their families through experiences of loss. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DR. J by Karl Taro Greenfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A good enough treatment of the phenomenon called 'Dr. J' and an especially thoughtful account of the man, Julius Erving."
The NBA's most transformative player submits an unusually revealing autobiography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

J. P. by John Mooers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2013

"A history buff's guilty pleasure, offering a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of a man whose impact on society lasts to this day."
A historical novel that paints an intimate portrait of J.P. Morgan, U.S. banker, financier and philanthropist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GENERATION J by Lisa Schiffman
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Schiffman's challenge will be to sustain her winsome, ironical tone as (and if) she enters more deeply into Jewish community. (Author tour)"
With a blessedly light touch, Schiffman, formerly an editor with the San Francisco Review of Books and until recently a nonobservant Jew, relates her beginner's quest for a Judaism she can genuinely practice and believe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2008

"Earley reminds us that Tretyakov is no objective observer—he leans over backward to say nasty things about Russia while flattering America and himself. Keeping this in mind, readers will encounter plenty of juicy details about Russian intelligence, which still considers America the enemy."
More outrageous espionage scandal, but this time the CIA and FBI look good. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Va-J-J-House by Aunt Lea Lance
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A heartfelt but uneven fiction debut."
In this novel, a woman and her niece recount the trials and tribulations of their love lives and the ways that they rely on each other for love and support. Read full book review >