Search Results: "David Pilling"


BOOK REVIEW

BENDING ADVERSITY by David Pilling
NON-FICTION
Released: March 17, 2014

"The author's articulate and diverse interviewees—scholars and teenagers, housewives and politicians—vividly and passionately testify to Japan's cultural contradictions, ambitions and strategies for survival."
A sweeping view of contemporary Japan portrays its complexities and potential for change. Read full book review >

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CREATION by Ann Pilling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

Defining creation liberally, Pilling (Realms of Gold, 1993, etc.) includes pourquoi tales among the 16 here, retold in a uniform, easy style that does indeed lend itself to reading aloud—especially since the typeface is large and well-leaded. Read full book review >

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REALMS OF GOLD by Ann Pilling
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An attractive volume for pleasure reading as well as classroom use. (Nonfiction. 6-11)"
An excellent introduction to mythology, with 14 graceful retellings—pourquoi tales like the opener, a West African legend explaining why the Earth Mother's children are so many different colors; stories of love and tragedy (Persephone, the willow pattern story); legendary heroes and fools (Midas, Finn MacCool, Perseus). Read full book review >

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DAVID OWEN
by Alex Layman

The American West has long been a place of myth and wonder, of dramatic canyons, mesas, and mountain ranges. These dramatic landscapes have wooed Americans for centuries, and The New Yorker’s David Owen isn’t immune to its siren song. Though Owen has lived in Connecticut for most of his adult life, he spent the summers of his youth in ...


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DAVID SAMUEL LEVINSON
by James McDonald

“I'm just furious,” David Samuel Levinson says, agitation lending his voice both energy and an edge. “I'm furious that we have to talk about this in 2017.” It was less than a month into the new administration when we discussed his novel, Tell Me How This Ends Well, and the dangerous implications for minority groups of ...


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LOVE YA
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

I don’t read a lot of Young Adult/New Adult books, but I’ve become a fan of Huntley Fitzpatrick.

I think I’ve read all of her books now (and hope a new one is coming out soon!).

I just finished What I Thought Was True, and I invite you all to read it!

Sometimes, with YA, I feel ...


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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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A READING YEAR: SOMETIMES A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE IS USEFUL
by J. Kingston Pierce

Last December, after posting my “favorite crime novels of 2015” list, I put together a rather different assessment of the year’s new offerings in this genre. Rather than confine myself to picking 10 books (all released in the United States) that I judged to have been particularly well-written and memorable—a traditional and potentially valuable, but admittedly limiting exercise—I expanded my ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HOW MACHINES WORK by David Macaulay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"'So clever!' murmurs the elephant shrew, admiring himself in a mirror. No argument here. (glossary, some unattached pieces) (Pop-up fiction/nonfiction hybrid. 7-9)"
A pair of would-be escapees discovers the uses and misuses of simple machines in this slapstick STEMwinder. Read full book review >

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OH SO BRAVE DRAGON by David Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"An engagingly subtle way to convey the power of friends in helping us face our fears, real or not. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young, ruby-red dragon with emerald eyes explores the meanings of bravery and fear in this sequel to Oh So Tiny Bunny (2012). Read full book review >

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ANDREW DRAWS by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Inspiring. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young boy discovers he can work magic with his drawings. Read full book review >

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BEN LOVES BEAR by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Already a gifted artist, McPhail proves here that he intrinsically understands what the youngest readers want and need. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A lovely, toddler-friendly tale of a little boy's relationship with his teddy bear. Read full book review >