Search Results: "Donald McCaig"


BOOK REVIEW

RUTH'S JOURNEY by Donald McCaig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Ruth laments, 'I done lost most them I loved, and most my beloveds die ugly,' but this is the tale of Mammy, not Ruth."
Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell estate, this historical novel takes up the story of Mammy, one of the most beloved minor characters in Gone With the Wind. Read full book review >

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MR. AND MRS. DOG by Donald McCaig
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2013

"A straightforward but unremarkable book for dog lovers or those considering a dog."
Novelist and essayist McCaig (The Dog Wars: How the Border Collie Battled the American Kennel Club, 2007, etc.) chronicles his experiences training sheepdogs for companionship and competition. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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CANAAN by Donald McCaig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2007

"A husk of a novel; busy, but without cumulative power."
In the wake of the Civil War, blacks and whites struggle to make sense of their changed lives; out West, Indians struggle against the Washitu (whites). Read full book review >

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NOP'S HOPE by Donald McCaig
Released: May 11, 1994

"His landscapes, whether of the Mississippi Delta, the truck stops along the highway, the life of the American West, or the human heart, are vivid and true."
This finely written sequel to McCaig's popular Nop's Trials (1984) follows Penny Burkeholder and her unique Border Collie, Nop's offering, Hope. Read full book review >

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JACOB'S LADDER by Donald McCaig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Too bad that the few Federals are ciphers, suggestive of the prevailing one-sidedness that holds this often powerful tale from an epic breadth and dilutes its impact."
A large, ambitious, carefully researched novel tracing the impact of the Civil War on a Virginia slave-owning family, their neighbors, and their slaves—with enough melodrama and subplots to fill several books. 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

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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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

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 >