Search Results: "Craig Pittman"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2012

"Though exhaustively researched, the book is not compelling enough to hold the interest of anyone who does not have a personal connection to the material. Read Eric Hansen's Orchid Fever (2000) instead."
An excruciatingly detailed account of the 2002 controversy that rocked Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Fla., when its scientists were asked to identify an orchid of dubious origin. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 2016

"An inviting tour through Florida's personality and the colorful characters that make it up."
A chronicle of the eccentric, enigmatic nature of the state of Florida. Read full book review >

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RED'S PLANET by Eddie Pittman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2016

"A first volume that's truly lively and entertaining; expect a vociferous cry for the next installment. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
A preteen girl frustrated with her life in the foster-care system finds herself redefining family when she unexpectedly crash-lands on an alien planet. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2011

"The author writes with an acerbic intellect, blending self-deprecation with reflective back-patting into cohesive life stories that are relatable and, thankfully, usually funny."
Crisp, witty dispatches from the domestic front by a former wild child. Read full book review >

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TILTING AT WINDMILLS by Joseph Pittman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Tepid, get-out-the-Kleenex romance, riddled with greeting-card profundities and one too many windmill metaphors from a writer who is certainly no Cervantes."
A dreary debut about a young man who abandons Manhattan for a new life—and love—in a small town upstate. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 31, 1993

"Long on personal anecdote but short on substantive analysis, and gushing with feel-good fixes from a seemingly bottomless reservoir; still, a witty, well-meaning consideration of a serious social problem."
Atlanta psychiatrist Pittman (Private Lies, 1989) returns with an engaging, if not always convincing, assessment of the causes and cures of masculine inadequacy in America today. Read full book review >

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UNCLE PHIL'S DINER by Helena Clare Pittman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 1998

"A charming reminiscence. (Picture book. 5-7)"
On a wintry Sunday morning, Ruthie and her papa set out to walk nine blocks through a snow storm to have breakfast at Uncle Phil's diner. Read full book review >

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THE LYONESSE STONE by Craig Weatherhill
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"For collections with enthusiastic fantasy readers. (Fiction. 12+)"
In the first of a trilogy, ancient times and the present day intermingle in Britain's Cornwall, ensnaring modern children in ancient evil. Read full book review >

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TRACTOR by Craig Brown
by Craig Brown, illustrated by Craig Brown
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Every page reveals the author's experience and reverence for the enterprise in this loving view of life on a small farm. (Picture book. 3+)"
An increasingly unfamiliar scene in the American landscape gains a heartfelt tribute, and has a worthy advocate in Brown (City Sounds, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Some wavering, but Signet has a winner here overall."
Eighteen original stories (eleven by women) in a celebratory 50th anniversary anthology of Signet authors and the first hardcover in this publisher's history. Read full book review >

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JASPER JONES by Craig Silvey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 12, 2011

"A richly rewarding exploration of truth and lies by a masterful storyteller. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Charlie is catapulted into adulthood when Jasper Jones knocks on his window on a blisteringly hot Australian night and leads him to a hidden glade where a girl is hanging from a tree, bruised and bloody. Read full book review >

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INCREDIBLE CREATURES by Claire Craig
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Intended for young children, this collection is more confusing than enlightening. (Nonfiction. 5-7)"
Handsome illustrations and a colorful cover are not enough to make this title in the Young Discoveries Library a useful purchase. Read full book review >