Search Results: "Curtis James"


BOOK REVIEW

FREEDOM SHIP by Doreen Rappaport
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Readers will be better served by some of the works from the bibliography. (Picture book. 5-9)"
On May 13, 1862, Robert Smalls and his crew of enslaved men took over the Confederate ship Planter and delivered it to the Union side, complete with cannons and ammunition. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Intended for all ages, the youngest readers will need the guidance of adults in understanding the work as a complete entity. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
In 1965, schools in Drew, Miss. remained strictly segregated in spite of the 11-year-old Supreme Court decision declaring segregation unconstitutional. Read full book review >

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FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"No one has the temerity to claim that Brown was a cure-all for our nation's ills; perhaps this offering's greatest strength for young readers is the sense that Brown was part of a historical process—and so, now, are they. (Anthology. 10+)"
A nuanced collection thoughtfully commemorates, rather than celebrates, the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Read full book review >

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LAST MAN STANDING by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"A sympathetic, evenhanded biography of a man notorious for his savage wit."
Biography of the acerbic, irreverent comedian who inspired a new generation of performers. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"While it can get bogged down in the minutiae of camera angles, set details, and the tedium of production, this is an illuminating, long-overdue book about the man who taught the world how to make a good film."
Curtis (Spencer Tracy, 2011, etc.) details just about every aspect of director and film production designer William Cameron Menzies (1896-1957).Read full book review >

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SPENCER TRACY by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A monumental, definitive biography of one the finest film actors in the history of the medium."
Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), warts and all. Read full book review >

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JAMES WHALE by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1998

"While this is not an in-depth, psychologically rich biography, and Curtis's writing tends to be wooden, as an account of Whale's work, it is first-rate. (60 b&w photos)"
A well-crafted, detailed biography of the director of such classics as Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and the 1936 version of Showboat. Read full book review >

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SHANGO by James Roberto Curtis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Neatly told, nice love interest, fairly mild melodrama, and rich backgrounds on occult and voodoo practices."
Intriguing first novel about an Afro-Caribbean religion, by the author of The Cuban-American Experience and The Mexican Border Cities (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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ANIMALS YOU NEVER EVEN HEARD OF by Patricia Curtis
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Still, both children and adults will marvel at these eccentricities of the natural world and will quickly become concerned for them. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-11)"
Curtis (Aquatic Animals in the Wild and in Captivity, 1992) briefly describes the characteristics and plight of a dozen unusual endangered species of wildlife in habitats that range from the foothills of the Andes to the rain forests of Vietnam and Laos. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Six aquatic habitats (freshwater lakes and wetlands; rivers; estuaries and salt marshes; coasts; coral reefs; and the open sea) and the animals that live in them are described, together with an overview of new aquariums that emphasize displaying animals in naturalistic settings plus chatty facts about birds, mammals, fish and invertebrates living in and around the waterways. Read full book review >

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COMMUNION by Curtis Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 30, 2015

"Other good humans may find inspiration in these humanist homilies."
An essayist muses on faith and fatherhood. Read full book review >