Search Results: "Dewey W. Grantham"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A rich, sympathetic, warts-and-all portrait of the South."
In a perceptive look at the nation's most distinctive region, Grantham (History/Vanderbilt Univ.) examines the relationship between the South and the rest of the United States during the 20th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2008

"Intimate portrait of a place snugly set within its historical moment, preserved in Myron's understated, well-polished prose."
An abandoned kitten serves as balm, comic relief and social director to a hard-pressed Midwestern town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"It will take more than this to make Dewey a sage for the '90s. (Photos, not seen)"
Dewey's eclipse as the county's preeminent public philosopher sparks this dense and earnest effort to restore his place in the American philosophic debate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2000

"Hartigan depicts Wilson as not only an organizational genius, but also as an amazingly resilient, largely appealing, and otherwise immensely interesting human being."
A readable, informative, succinct, respectful, but nonreverential biography of Bill Wilson (1895-1971), the guiding spirit and organizer of Alcoholics Anonymous, the hugely successful (millions of members in 140 countries) Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEWEY BOB by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An undisciplined mess. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The creator of Skippyjon Jones leaves behind, at least temporarily, her bestselling Siamese kitten's Frito Bandito-speak for pure corn pone in her new story of a little hoarder raccoon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELÉCTRICO W by Hervé Le Tellier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Delicate handling of deep themes—loss, missed connections, meaninglessness—gives the novel an emotional charge greater than its low-key particulars and pacing."
A French journalist and a Portuguese photographer find they have some uncomfortable things in common in this latest from Le Tellier (Enough About Love, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

W IS FOR WEBSTER by Tracey Fern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A fascinating look at the determination and vision that led one man to create an essential resource. (author's note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Noah Webster's path to creating his iconic dictionary is brought to life in this picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Not likely to be much help in an actual library, but the concept that there's a system may be reassuring. (basic chart) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
The Great Library Code is deciphered simplistically and, more problematically, in labored rhyme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUMAN DEFEATS DEWEY by Gary A. Donaldson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"An excellent history of a remarkable event in a tumultuous time in America. (For another look at this election, see Harold I. Gullan, The Upset that Wasn't, p. 1432.)"
A new study or the 1948 election that has long been called the greatest upset in American political history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE W. BUSH by James Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Presidential reputations often improve with time and rarely decline. Aware of this, Mann delivers a remarkably evenhanded account, eschewing the painful emotions many readers will feel until historians sort matters out."
The latest in the admirable American Presidents series is premature because too little time has passed to evaluate our 43rd president, but Mann (Fellow in Residence/Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Advanced International Studies; The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House, 2012, etc.) writes an insightful biography without much partisanship.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOLDMINE--LONDON W.1. by Philip Daniels
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"Slight, but not without charm, as old-hand Daniels (aka Peter Chambers—The Day the Thames Caught Fire, 1990, etc.) sets in motion a twist or two, including one implicating Walton's former nemesis in the Austen's venture."
Architect Edward Walton—who lost his wife to his business partner and said goodbye to ten years of freedom thanks to the cad's (false) embezzlement charges—is finally released from prison and, in short order, meets the lovely sales rep Peggy and the mysterious ``Major,'' who promises him 100,000 pounds if he'll construct an underground tunnel for him. Read full book review >