Search Results: "David Roberts"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"A thoughtful, engaging, and useful addition to the shelf of recent revisionist works on the American West. (8 pages photos)"
A vigorous narrative of the intersecting lives of two of the most outsized figures in the American West: the trapper, guide, and Indian fighter Kit Carson, and the ebullient, grandstanding officer John Frémont. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 29, 2011

"Fittingly, Robert's favorite adjective in his writings is 'picturesque.' Best to let his art speak for him."
An e-book version of a coffee-table book. Read full book review >

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THOSE MAGNIFICENT SHEEP IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Just pure, wooly-headed fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A passel of sheep, who vaguely resemble characters from the titular movie, are quietly grazing on the hillside when they are startled by a loud noise overhead. Read full book review >

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THE DUNDERHEADS BEHIND BARS by Paul Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Delightfully smart and deliciously funny—don't miss it. (Fiction. 7-9)"
The Dunderheads are back in another amusing caper that's sure to please fans of their earlier exploits (The Dunderheads, 2009). Read full book review >

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UNCLE MONTAGUE’S TALES OF TERROR by Chris Priestley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Priestley usually does better. (Short stories. 11-13)"
The author's attempts to create atmosphere with constant references to half-glimpsed figures, encroaching fog, unexplained noises, etc., come off as labored in these ten tales of the supernatural. Read full book review >

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THE DUNDERHEADS by Paul Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"Share with special readers; it's well worth the effort. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A group of underachievers engages in a battle of wits with their unsympathetic teacher and emerges triumphant. Read full book review >

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DON’T SAY THAT, WILLY NILLY! by Anna Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"This modern spin lacks the charm of previous versions, making this moderately silly variation only for those who haven't heard the original. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Willy Nilly is no Epaminondas in this cartoonish, contemporary version of the old classic. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Of a piece with Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven (2003), though without its drama—serviceable, but really a magazine article plumped up to book length."
Roberts (Sandstone Spine: Seeking the Anasazi on the First Traverse of the Comb Ridge, 2005, etc.) elaborates on a footnote to the history of westward expansion, excoriating the early leaders of Mormonism in the bargain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2003

"Caveats aside, dogged research and hard travel to distant places make for a gem in the literature of survival under dire conditions."
A flabbergasting, if leisurely paced, story of survival in the Far North during the 18th century, shrouded by the enjoyable mystery of half-understood but decidedly atavistic circumstances. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 1993

"A history that never loses its sense of drama even as it separates myth from truth. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
An absorbing account of a quarter century of conflict: the Apache resistance to the ``White Eye'' settlers encroaching on their Arizona lands. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"He honors that landscape and its former inhabitants with this adventurous book."
A stirring excursion into the worlds of ancient Native America and modern archaeology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2009

"A thorough and admiring portrait."
From prolific mountaineering writer Roberts (Devil's Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy, 2008, etc.), a well-crafted biography of "the greatest mountaineer in Alaskan history." Read full book review >