Search Results: "Dan Burr"


BOOK REVIEW

WHITE OX by Dan Burr
by Dan Burr, illustrated by Dan Burr
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2009

"A foreword provides background on the Mormons and Emily's circumstances at the time of the journey. (Picture book. 7-10)"
From the vivid cover art—a ragged young girl runs, silhouetted against an orange sky—to the last double-page spread of the same child staring out across the Rocky Mountains she has just crossed as part of the great 19th-century Mormon migration, the art is the star of this book. Read full book review >

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COWBOYS by David L. Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"So git along, there, anyone with a mind to share cowboy dreams in romanticized, Old West style. (afterword) (Poetry. 10-12)"
Free-verse cowpoke ruminations on the trail to Abilene, with paintings of long-horned dogies and grizzled riders beneath big skies. Read full book review >

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PIRATES by David L. Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A section at the end offers additional information on what an average pirate's life would have been like. (bibliography) (Poetry. 8-12)"
Methinks the introduction doth protest too much. Read full book review >

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CASTLES by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Dreamers will latch on to the poems and pictures; for young historians, the poets close with prose notes, a timeline and a robust reading list. (Poetry. 8-10)"
Adopting similar tones and voices, two poets exchange generally somber observations in verse about 15 stone castles and palaces, plus a "Castle in the Air" from Viking legend. Read full book review >

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DAN CHAON
by Stephanie Buschardt

When bestselling author Dan Chaon heard about a conspiracy at his sister’s university linking a string of drowning deaths to a serial killer, he scribbled it down in his notebook and let it simmer—for 10 years. “I kept trying to figure out a way to go back to it,” says Chaon. “And then eventually that image of [a] kid ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PRESIDENTIAL MISADVENTURES by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Lighthearted and entertaining, Raczka's irreverent quatrains show middle graders no figure is too lofty for some poetic play. (Informational poetry. 8-12)"
Presidential portraits in light verse. Read full book review >

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ON THE ROPES by James Vance
Released: March 11, 2013

"The old world isn't coming back, but at least one more volume of this series appears inevitable."
An oft-praised graphic novel of the Depression era belatedly spawns a sequel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"By this time the savvy reader—thanks to Burr's excellent exposition—can say, A pox on both their houses."
A thorough, often riveting review of research on homosexuality and male-female differences. ``Amid the chaos of debate is the virtual certainty that the biological origins of sexual orientation will become known to us,'' writes journalist Burr, who penned a controversial 1993 article on the subject for the Atlantic Monthly. Read full book review >

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GODS LIKE US by Ty Burr
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A focused history of films that occasionally flirts with—but does not wed—portentousness."
The film critic of the Boston Globe explores film celebrity and waxes philosophical about what it means to and for the rest of us. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 13, 2013

"The maiden installment of this fantasy saga mainly sets the stage for future clashing and questing."
In Burr's fantasy debut, an unassuming young woman learns she's the inheritor of mighty "magick"—and a key figure in the war between good and evil. Read full book review >

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YOU OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU by Chandler Burr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2009

"A savvy novel that deals with Hollywood from a cultural rather than a tabloid perspective."
In this fiction debut, journalist Burr (The Perfect Scent, 2008, etc.) offers the tale of a movie executive's wife leading a book-discussion group. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 22, 2008

"An unusually grounded depiction of a business built largely on artifice."
The New York Times perfume critic—yes, you read that right—follows the creation of two industry-defining perfumes. Read full book review >