Search Results: "Deborah Giovanni Chastain"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 31, 2012

"A heartfelt, unflinchingly honest account of a complex relationship."
In this debut memoir, an unnamed woman battles cancer while navigating an abusive relationship. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 2017

"Science and anecdote intertwine in this close examination of the bonds that bind humans together."
How and why intimacy is important in life. Read full book review >

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IF by Rudyard Kipling
by Rudyard Kipling, illustrated by Giovanni Manna
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"The poem is widely available in collections, but this rendition—an ethereal alternative to the edition illustrated with photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr. (2007)—makes a lovely keepsake. (introduction) (Picture book. 8-12)"
Though at times symbolic or only obliquely related to the adjacent lines, Manna's graceful images lend luminous visual notes to Kipling's stately prescription for maturity. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Before closing with an unlikely feel-good ending the jury reaches a verdict, but readers—children too, though the author more pointedly addresses parents, politicians and school administrators—may want to continue the discussion. (Folklore. 9-11, adult)"
In a stout defense of the value of art, Giovanni literally puts the ants on trial for leaving the grasshopper out in the cold. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS BY DAYLIGHT by Janine di Giovanni
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2011

"A plainly told, occasionally exotic tale of love gone awry."
A war correspondent's struggle to leave the battles behind and embark on a life of motherhood. Read full book review >

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FINN AT CLEE POINT by Richard Knight
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A treat for the thoughtful reader. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A fishing contest leads 10-year-old Finn into danger, both literally and socially, when he's rescued, befriended and helped by the town pariahs. Read full book review >

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LINCOLN AND DOUGLASS by Nikki Giovanni
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"It's the season for Lincolnalia, but this team, who collaborated successfully on Rosa (2005), fail to present a focused work that will be meaningful to children. (timeline) (Picture book. 4-7)"
A dramatic double-page spread of the Emancipation Proclamation fast-forwards to a March evening in 1865 at the White House, where President and Mrs. Lincoln are hosting an inaugural ball and to which Frederick Douglass is an invited guest. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2009

"Clearly a work of personal importance to the author, the collection is most likely to appeal to students and adults interested in American folklore. (preface, glossary) (Short stories. 8-12)"
New Mexico is the "Land of Enchantment," as even the state's license plates proclaim, and García wrote these tales to share the enchantment of stories he heard as a boy growing up in the Rio Puerco Valley in rural New Mexico. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE by Nikki Giovanni
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Johnson makes a fine picture book debut with richly hued impressionistic double spread oil paintings, but—at least for those with limited budgets—the price seems high for the limited content. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
From the author's first book, Black Feeling, Black Talk (1968), a brief (68-word) poem describing summers spent with her grandparents in the mountainous country setting where she was born, presented with attractive illustrations reflecting the poem's sense of family love and community strength. Read full book review >

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THE GENIE IN THE JAR by Nikki Giovanni
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"In the comforting rhythm of these pages, children will absorb a message of faith in the power of art leavened by love. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A poem by Giovanni (Knoxville, Tennessee, 1994, etc.) for the singer Nina Simone becomes a luscious illustrated work with Raschka's watercolor, ink, and oil stick figures. Read full book review >

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MANUAL OF PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Saramago writes beautifully, and his style is ruminative—not for every taste, but definitely for those who appreciate finely wrought, meditative prose."
Nobel Prize-winning author Saramago explores art and the meaning of life in a posthumous release of his first novel. Read full book review >

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MISE EN PLACE OF LIFE by Catherine A. Di Giovanni
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 5, 2013

"A short, poignant collection of expressions capturing a year of recovery and hope."
In this short book of journal entries, photos, recipes and poems, Di Giovanni recounts the harrowing tale of a car accident that changed her life and career. Read full book review >