Search Results: "David James Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG MANDELA by David James Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2010

"Smith vivifies the personalities and marshals the revolutionary events without overwhelming the reader."
A biography shepherded by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and written by an English journalist attains distance from and clarity on the life of the near-sainted South African leader. Read full book review >

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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 >

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Silent Source by James Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"A promising thriller that ably handles its medical mysteries but lags in its narrative structure and character development."
In Smith's debut mystery, a former scientist investigates a string of mysterious deaths occurring across Atlanta. Read full book review >

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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 >

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THE BOYS OF SAN JOAQUIN by D. James Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Set in the early 1950s, this upbeat tale offers a strong sense of place, plenty of growing-up and enough spirited characters to justify Paolo's opening, enticingly annotated, cast of characters. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Smith invites readers to travel an even Longer Way from Chicago with this summertime, old-time, small-town slice-of-life, as viewed by a hilariously matter-of-fact young resident. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Engaging light reading, but not world class. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Paolo is not ready for a real job or a girlfriend but he gets both—a paper route, shared with his brother and cousin, and romance, when his friend Theresa volunteers to help him look for the dog-napped family pet. Read full book review >

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THE FLOCK by James Robert Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Utterly disposable thriller unredeemed by its ecological message. One part Michael Crichton's science and a smidgen of Carl Hiaasen's humor add up to less than either."
In this first novel, dinosaurs stalk Florida's longleaf savanna—and they know about us. Read full book review >

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Wah-Say-Lan: Seneca Warrior by James Herbert Smith
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Solid historical fiction dedicated to historical accuracy, sometimes at the expense of rip-roaring storytelling."
Smith (Wah-Say-Lan: A Tale of the Iroquois in the American Revolution, 2009) braids together historical fact and fiction in this YA version of a tale he's spun before as a novel—one that's full of passion, romance, loss, and carefully researched historical information.Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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A NOT SO MODEL HOME by David James
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Once again, James (Three Bedrooms, Two Baths, and One Very Dead Corpse, 2010) charms with characters that are bursting with, well, character. Just be aware that this is one title that's NSFW (Not Safe for Work)."
A realtor turns reality star in a comedy caper where fans may end up rooting for the killer. Read full book review >

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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 >