Search Results: "Cris Arbo"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT'S IN THE GARDEN? by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"A celebration of growing and eating that is just in time for spring planting. (facts about the featured foods, how seeds start, what plants need, plant parts, glossary of cooking terms, list of garden songs, books and websites) (Informational picture book/recipe book. 3-8)"
Berkes' latest is a departure from many children's gardening books, combining rhyming verses with recipes celebrating the garden's bounty. Read full book review >

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IN THE TREES, HONEY BEES by Lori Mortensen
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"Show this entry in the Sharing Nature with Children series to young budding naturalists but be prepared for their questions. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Simple rhymes and striking full-bleed illustrations introduce the daily lives of honeybees to very young readers and listeners. Read full book review >

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THE DANDELION SEED'S BIG DREAM by Joseph Anthony
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A simple story with more than one message. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Floating off under its parachute, a dandelion seed makes a difficult journey and lands in an unpromising place, but in the end, it fulfills its dream of making flowers of its own. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1999

This is the delightful story of a middle-sized, Midwestern farm in Wisconsin as told in the first-person narration of Gary Peterson, husband of the author. Read full book review >

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GIRL BESIDE HIM by Cris Mazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"An ambitious but intrusively 'literary' novel of people and animals, the animals this time far more interesting than the people."
Mazza (Dog People, 1997, etc.) weaves together faxes, italicized internal musings, flashback dialogue, standard narrative, and letters typed on an old-fashioned manual machine to explore the convergence of a wildlife biologist's personal identity crisis with another crisis in the natural world. Read full book review >

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I AM J by Cris Beam
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"It was just good and bad and interesting and fucked-up and very human, like anything else.' (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Finally, a book about a transgender teen that gives its central character a life in which gender and transition matter but do not define his existence! Read full book review >

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HOW TO LEAVE A COUNTRY by Cris Mazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Wry and compelling, overall, but mannered, even tricky—more the work of a short-story writer in the process of becoming a novelist than of a novelist who has hit her stride."
Mazza's first novel (after two collections, Is it Sexual Harassment Yet?, Animal Acts): a clever, experimental fiction that's very good at capturing the everyday absurdity of cockeyed conversations between odd people trying on ideas or experiences for size, but that ends with a narcissistic whimper instead of a bang. Read full book review >

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DOG PEOPLE by Cris Mazza
Released: May 1, 1997

"Mazza is one cold- blooded comedian."
A quirky new work by the author of Your Name Here: ________ (1994), etc., focuses on the sexual power struggles of two long- married couples in terms best understood by their pet dogs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The author's enthusiasm for her subject will communicate itself to readers, even those who never dreamed they'd be interested, making this the best kind of discovery. (time line, notes, bibliography, suggested reading, places to visit, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
The history of colonial-era North America is usually presented to children in terms of settlement—think Jamestown and Plymouth—but this treatment too often ignores the fascinating development and expansion of the fur trade that drove much of the European interest in the continent. Read full book review >

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NEECEY’S LULLABY by Cris Burks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2006

"Painfully earnest and overheated."
The sorrows seem endless in this novel, which tracks a generation of abuse, loss and self-destruction within a black family living on Chicago's south side. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A mix of autobiography, cautionary tale and football-geek analysis that will provide die-hards with some insight into one of the sport's most prominent positions."
NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Carter (co-author: Born to Believe, 2000) offers his take on the position's growing importance to professional football and why it attracts and creates some of the game's biggest personalities. Read full book review >

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FORMER VIRGIN by Cris Mazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Mazza's talent can be striking when she chooses to exercise it."
A third collection from the ``postfeminist'' author whose previous works (Dog People, 1997, etc.) have established her as one of the quirkier voices on the scene today. Read full book review >