Search Results: "Donald Weise"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"A useful one-volume selection featuring grim but inspiring tales."
Excerpts from the narratives of runaway slaves organized by the principal reason for the flight to freedom. 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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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

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 >

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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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"These are the luminous details—not curiosities, thanks to Keene's careful analysis, but real finds—of which the best histories are made."
Westerners have long complained about the enigmas of Japanese culture. Read full book review >

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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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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

Released: Feb. 12, 1992

"Poll working novelists and you'll likely find agreement—from the technicians of the form itself—with many of Newlove's tastes and reasons—and appreciation of the pure keen savor that words falling onto the page just right can bring on in one of their smiths."
Disorganized and capricious though it is, novelist Newlove's (Curranne Trueheart, 1985, etc.) little book is an ardent breeze blowing open the many different pages bound into the great book of prose-stylistics, focusing on arresting first paragraphs (to Newlove, these are the ones with immediate and in-drawing voice and clean, un-Latinate presence). Read full book review >