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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"His collection is uneven, but, at its best, pure and moving. (Twenty halftones—not seen.)"
Essays on rural life by NPR commentator McCaig (Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men, 1991; Nop's Trials, 1984, etc.). 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 >

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DANCING IN THE DARK by Donald Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

Undaunted by the news that three of shady Sonny Tarrant's intimates have just been murdered, petty con Johnny McIver—and his mistress and frequent photographic subject Solitaire (nÇe Sally Brown)—plot to empty out Tarrant's safe, succeeding to their sorrow: When McIver turns down an offer from a Tarrant underling to buy back the hot ú5 notes at a steep discount, he finds himself abandoned by the money-changer who'd promised him more, framed for the murder of Solitaire, and on the run from the police as well as Tarrant. Read full book review >

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CODE SIXTY-ONE by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 16, 2002

"The same spellbinding detail that Harstad fans ate with relish in Carl's debut shocker, Eleven Days (1998)—where he was pitted against a satanic cult given to demonic atrocities. Yummy."
Fourth procedural featuring former Deputy Sheriff Harstad's gritty but amusing and warmhearted, middle-aged hero, Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman. Read full book review >

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HIGH SOCIETY by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"A solid reference and affectionate remembrance, but a rather toothless biography."
Veteran celebrity biographer Spoto (Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies, 2008, etc.) capitalizes on his personal friendship with actress and honest-to-goodness princess Grace Kelly (1929-1982) to create an affectionate, informative, though somewhat bland account of the screen icon's life. Read full book review >