Search Results: "Donald Swann"


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THE HIPPOPOTAMUS SONG by Michael Flanders
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Theater-goers may remember this deftly phrased song from the duo's delightful show, At the Drop of a Hat (1959). Read full book review >

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THE FOREIGNERS by Maxine Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Beautifully written, sensual and seductive."
The exotic (and erotic) aura of Buenos Aires leads Daisy, the narrator, into some murky personal and sexual encounters. Read full book review >

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FLOWER CHILDREN by Maxine Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2007

"More of a mood piece than a novel."
Hippies' offspring turn out to be as anxious and confused as regular kids. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Still, this anthology of Native narratives is a valuable sourcebook that takes ample note of specificity among tribes and, in the process, tells some awfully good stories."
Old stories receive new translations in this mammoth but spotty anthology. Read full book review >

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NIGHT GARDENING by E.L. Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1999

"Many a stylistic stumble, a paper-thin male lead, and much horticulture aimed straight at the sentimental."
Children's writer Kathryn Lasky becomes E.L. Swann to author this adult melodrama about declining families, thankless children, and, above all, blossoming love in the golden years. Read full book review >

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SERIOUS GIRLS by Maxine Swann
Released: Nov. 3, 2003

"Wonderfully perceptive and precise about an age that's too often portrayed in vague generalities."
With sensitivity and quiet wit, O. Henry Award-winner Swann delineates the turmoil of adolescence. Read full book review >

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SHADOW OF THE LIONS by Christopher Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A patchy but promising work that suggests a writer likely to prove much stronger with his sophomore effort."
A novelist returns to his former prep school to teach, stirring up old memories of a schoolmate who vanished and various present-day student and teacher troubles in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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TOUCHING THE DISTANCE by Brian Swann
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Dazzling to the eyes, these pages tease the mind and jump-start the imagination. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A companion volume to Swann's earlier collection, A Basket Full of White Eggs (1988); in this compilation, 14 haiku-like riddles are posed opposite vibrant mixed-media sculpted images that contain the answers. Read full book review >

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THREE BAGS FULL by Leonie Swann
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2007

"All these problems are handsomely solved at the unsurprising cost of making the human characters less interesting than the sheep. But the sustained tone of straight-faced wonderment is magical."
Just when you thought you'd seen a detective in every guise imaginable, here comes one in sheep's clothing. Read full book review >

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THE ACCIDENTAL KEYHAND by Jen Swann Downey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Well worth a spot on library shelves…but it won't stay there long. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A frustrated would-be hero from New Jersey and her teenage slacker brother fall into a library that lies outside of time. Chaos ensues. Read full book review >

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SWORD IN THE STACKS by Jen Swann Downey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2016

"Never a dull moment in this lybrary school. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Dorrie's quest to join the heroic lybrarians in protecting intellectual freedom in all times and climes takes her literally and figuratively from Passaic, New Jersey, into deadly waters in this madcap sequel to The Accidental Keyhand (2014). 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 >