Search Results: "David J. Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

IF by David J.  Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"If this book were a pizza, young readers would gobble down every slice—and demand more for dessert. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Continuing his exploration of the mind-expanding possibilities of scale modeling, Smith extends the premise of If America Were a Village (2009) to encompass life, time and the universe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF AMERICA WERE A VILLAGE by David J.  Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The premise isn't new, but it's never been used to better effect for deepening the understanding that children have about the 306 million (and counting) other people with whom they share this land. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
Smith and Armstrong follow up If the World Were a Village (2002) with a similarly eye-opening portrait of the United States as a "village" of 100 people (roughly one per 3,000,000). Read full book review >

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DAVID GARROW
by Gregory McNamee

Barack Obama has been portrayed as being many things over his life and political career. Some have thought him flippant, coasting by on charm and glibness. Others have thought him suspect. Admirers and detractors both have found him aloof, though very few have doubted the fact of his formidable intelligence.

And admirers and detractors alike have also found Barack Obama ...


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BOOK REVIEW

Where There's Dark... by David Smith
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 2016

"A brief, but detailed and complex reevaluation of the fundamentals of physics."
An engineer proposes a different understanding of the formation of the universe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"An interesting bit of Americana well reported."
As Orange Coast editor in chief Smith (Straw Men, 2001, etc.) reports, the Federal Duck Stamp Program is one of the most successful government programs ever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WITNESS TO MURDER by Wesley J. Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An inspired premise freighted with sincere melodrama."
And not just any witness, either—burned-out N.Y.C. reporter Neal Schacker watches his most ruthless enemy kill a man while he (Neal) is having an out-of-body experience, in this first novel by consumer- advocate Smith (The Doctor Book, The Lawyer Book). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GOOD FAMILY by Peter J. Smith
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Despite some flat patches, then, a dead-on portrait of family unhappiness."
A somewhat stiff but nonetheless poignant meditation on a hard-drinking WASP family's unrealized promise and collective denial, by the author of Make-Believe Ballrooms (1989) and Highlights of the Off-Season, 1986. ``Jam'' Knowles, almost 40 and recently separated from his wife, breaks into the island home, off the southeastern coast of New England, where he summered as a boy to spend a few days with his memories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY SCHOOL’S A ZOO! by Stu Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Uh-oh. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A lad's world is transformed the morning after a zoo visit: his parents "snort and drool" at the breakfast table, the substitute teacher is literally a bear, the computers in the lab are swarming with giant "bugs" of the creepy-crawly kind, and so on. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"His amateur pop-psychological analyses of the killers' family lives aside, Smith, a solid writer and an excellent reporter (he writes for Esquire), makes this horrendous story almost readable. (Photos, not seen)"
This intricate re-creation of the February 1993 murder of three-year-old James Bulger by two 10-year-old boys in Bottle, England, is ugly, painful reading. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Smith writes clearly for the lay reader, so a background in the sciences is not required—though a strong stomach is."
The roots of war lie in the evolutionary history of our species, according to arguments forcefully presented here by the director of the University of New England's Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POPCORN PARK ZOO by Wendy Pfeffer
ANIMALS
Released: June 3, 1992

"Brief glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
This unusual zoo in New Jersey takes in and cares for old, injured, handicapped, or unwanted animals, both wild and domestic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARAVAGGIO by Mark David Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 15, 2016

"Combining the timeless allure of action and young-love romance with the historically accurate and turbulent life of the painter Caravaggio, this story succeeds on all levels. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Late Renaissance Italy comes to life in this upper-middle-grade novel featuring the painter Caravaggio and a young friend. Read full book review >