Search Results: "Donald Fagen"


BOOK REVIEW

EMINENT HIPSTERS by Donald Fagen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"It's characteristic that the author knows what his readers want—the story of Steely Dan—and refuses to give it to them."
Not really a rock memoir, but rather a book as distinctively peculiar and edgy as one might expect from the co-founder of Steely Dan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIGMAMA'S by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"A grand alternative to the plethora of predictable books about white kids visiting grandparents on stereotypical family farms. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Beginning with the ride on the old Southern Railway car ("colored" says the sign on the wall), the sights, sounds, and warm delights of a summer visit to Grandma in Crews's own childhood—a three-day trip from somewhere up north. Read full book review >

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SHORTCUT by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"A breathless tour-de-force for train lovers of any age. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a return to Bigmama's (1991) small Florida community for a second story based on Crews's childhood memories, a group of children walking through a narrow railroad cut have to dive into the brambles when an unexpected train rockets past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT AT THE FAIR by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"This evocative book could be paired to nice effect with Elisha Cooper's sunny Country Fair (1997). (Picture book. 3-8)"
Crews (Shortcut, 1992, etc.) uses, to great effect, the contrast of the night sky and the gaudy lights of typical fair amusements in his picture book of very few words but very kinetic images. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2008

"Could be useful in classroom discussions on bullying. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
When Boy's adoptive grandmother Galifalia dies, he goes to the Luck Dragon compound and begs admittance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 11, 1999

"A safe collection, seldom veering from the canon. (index) (Poetry. 9-11)"
Hall (The Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America, 1985, etc.), offers up a chestnut-flavored alternative for younger readers, matching roughly contemporary illustrations to one or two selections from each of 57 American poets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THOMAS MANN by Donald Prater
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"True illumination, however, awaits someone who will take these two aspects together and add the missing ingredient: imaginative spark."
This elegant but overly cautious study of Mann concentrates on narrating how the Nobel Prizewinning German novelist, caught in the mid-20th century's maelstroms, stepped forward to become a spokesman for enlightened humanism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 5, 1996

"How sad that this book that might have taught us so much about today's paranoid populism turned out to be of so little value. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
All the facts about one of the Depression era's most controversial and influential figures—but little understanding of his motives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HARBOR by Donald  Crews
illustrated by Donald Crews
Released: March 15, 1982

"Much of this, however, approaches the here-and-now norm—executed with greater flair."
The colors are muted, grayed—but that's not the only way Crews' new book differs from Freight Train, Truck, etc. For one thing, it's mostly an album of types of ships found in a harbor, each precisely rendered. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HER APPEARING by Donald Hanway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2008

"A deceptively simple and moving novel about a pastor juggling professional responsibilities and a personal awakening."
A debut novel about a good-hearted pastor in a small Midwestern town. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT BIRD CANTATA by Donald Rawley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"The impact of this coming-of-age tale is diminished, then, by some relentless and heavy-handed atmospherics."
A deeply felt but wearyingly overwrought first novel by the recently deceased Rawley, a poet who—d been a contributing editor at Buzz, chronicles a ten-year-old boy's lonely but transformative summer spent with his family's maid. Read full book review >