Search Results: "Donald G. Ruetz"


BOOK REVIEW

Remember Me: A Father's Story of Tragedy Turned Into Triumph in Costa Rica by Donald G. Ruetz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2014

"The author's sincere, undeniably encouraging account of his communications with the dead."
Ruetz's debut is an autobiographical account of finding the strength to deal with the loss of his wife and two sons in a plane crash over Costa Rican waters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 28, 1993

"Schueler finally does spot his jaguar, finding fulfillment in that triumph—but his road-weary readers are unlikely to share the joy."
Few will argue with the worthiness of Schueler's intentions in recounting his experiences as a dedicated conservationist piloting as asthmatic van along the back roads of southern Mexico and neighboring Belize, visiting the wildlife preserves and Maya temple sites along the route. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZIKA by Donald G. McNeil Jr.
NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 2016

"Credit McNeil for a succinct summary of Zika to date, but be forewarned: this is a fast-breaking story, and the last word has yet to come, including how Zika will affect the American population as it journeys north."
Frightening words on the Zika virus from a reliable source: a New York Times science reporter who has covered virulent global infections for decades. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1995

"Yet Dutton more than compensates for these shortcomings by clearly presenting a great deal of wisdom that he and others have accrued on batterers."
A crisply written, valuable look at the emotional dynamics of heterosexual men who physically abuse their female partners (an estimated three to four percent of men in marital or other relationships with women). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 21, 2010

"An imaginative but somewhat stilted portrait of a mechanistic yet gushingly self-aware world."
Divine grace begets astrophysics in this grandiose cosmological fantasia. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

THE ABC ANIMAL ORCHESTRA by Donald Saaf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Preschoolers may not know all of the creatures (aardvark, kiwi, ibex), but they will have fun pointing out what's happening and connecting letters with them. Isn't that what alphabet books are supposed to do? (Picture book. 2-4)"
The title says it all—kind of. 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 >