Search Results: "Don Watkins"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"What would Howard Roark do? Maybe find a more persuasive apology for Randian money-grubbism."
"Capitalism is the system of selfishness—of rational selfishness." Ayn Rand acolytes Brook (Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea, 2010) and Watkins sing the same old hymn, with a slightly different chorus, to the same old choir. Read full book review >

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SLAVERY by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

Contradictory statements, sweeping generalizations, and a general lack of focus make this history of slavery more an eye-glazer than an eye-opener. Read full book review >

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GLADIATOR by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The black-and-white drawings capture the elegance of the Roman Colosseum, and the excitement of the sea battles that were held at terrific expense; the renderings of the gladiators are consistently dramatic. (map, bibliography, further reading, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The heroic and bloody story of the Roman gladiators is retold in Watkins's debut work, a comprehensive and vividly illustrated guide that will impart his obvious passion for the subject to budding historians. Read full book review >

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WHAT COMES AFTER by Steve Watkins
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Beautifully written, this story is an unflinching look at the cruelty of life as well as the resilience of the human spirit. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Abandoned first by her abusive mother and then by her father when he dies, 16-year-old Iris Wight is no stranger to loss. Read full book review >

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STAND BEFORE YOUR GOD by Paul Watkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"A graceful and ultimately sad account that tends to keep to the surface but, even so, makes us question assumptions about education, tradition, and the elite."
An unsentimental memoir of being an American in English boarding schools—the first nonfiction from the author of The Promise of Light (1993), etc. Watkins registers his shock as a small boy upon being left by his father at the Dragon School near Oxford. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 1999

"A superb telling of one of modern US history's most painful chapters."
Timing this retrospective meditation for the 70th anniversary of the 1929 stock market crash, critically acclaimed historian Watkins (Montana State Univ.; The Great Depression, 1993, etc.) takes a long, painstaking look at the 20th century's transformative economic event. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"A time-honoring narrative: Descriptive, contemplative, and a prod to get on with it ourselves."
As though she had taken a vow to awareness, Watkins, a musician and travel essayist, pays attention to the everyday elements as well as the grand themes in her globe-girdling journey. Read full book review >

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PETE WITH NO PANTS by Rowboat Watkins
written and illustrated by Rowboat Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Knock, knock. Who's there? An awesome mom of a kid with no pants. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Pants can be such a hindrance when it comes to imaginative play. Read full book review >

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VIRUS by Graham Watkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Not hopeless, but not all that thrilling either."
Serviceable technothriller from Watkins, who seems to have undertaken a full retreat from the kinky excess of Kaleidoscope Eyes (1993): the boffing here is strictly virtual. Read full book review >

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THE FORGER by Paul Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Yet another American in Paris searching for the crumbs of Hemingway's moveable feast— and learning the marvelous French art of the suave betrayal."
Watkins continues his obsession with the romantic sons of small-town New England fishing families, this time with a naive young painter who finds in a corrupt and dangerous Europe the adventure of a lifetime. Read full book review >

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DOWN SAND MOUNTAIN by Steve Watkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Although not a fly-off-the-shelves selection, this title may be paired with Gary D. Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars (2007) as titles set in the '60s suitable for multigenerational reads. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
Sand Mountain, Fla., circa 1966, has a segregated population emotionally wrestling with Jim Crow laws. Read full book review >