Search Results: "Douglas Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

A LION AMONG MEN by Gregory Maguire
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Maguire's inspired world-building strides from strength to strength."
The further adventures of L. Frank Baum's beloved characters are more fatefully connected with the political history of Oz in this third installment of Maguire's justly praised revisionist series. Read full book review >

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RASPUTIN by Douglas Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A tour de force of research from the Russian archives, the book is a deeply detailed, occasionally plodding biography of one of history's most malleable characters."
On the centenary of his death, a vigorous attempt to penetrate the monstrous myths surrounding Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin (1869-1916). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Sobering stories about the politics of power—its loss, its gain—and the deep human suffering that inevitably results."
When the Bolshevik Revolution came in 1917, the new order began transforming aristocrats into paupers, exiles and corpses—a transformation that consumed decades. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 2014

"Smith gives us the knowledge that imparts the power to change and, more importantly, the hope that it can succeed."
Smith (Managing White Supremacy: Race, Politics, and Citizenship in Jim Crow Virginia, 2002, etc.) uses the fight for "one person, one vote" to explain the workings of the Supreme Court. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JFK by Stephen Kennedy Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Amid the stream of JFK books to be released for the centennial, this work should emerge as one of the most complete and useful."
Smith (Sloan School of Management/MIT), John F. Kennedy's nephew, and Brinkley (History/Rice Univ.; Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America, 2016, etc.) assemble a large collection of material by and about the late president. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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BOOK REVIEW

UNBEELIEVABLES by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"Florian shines again here. ('BEEbliography,' websites for further inquiry) (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Florian (Poetrees, 2010, etc.) bestows yet another pleasing mix of punny poems and colorful collages that blend whimsy and fact. Read full book review >

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POEM RUNS by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"A lighthearted reminder of why we love the game. (Picture book/ poetry. 6-9)"
Warm up and get in training for a full season of baseball poems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DINOTHESAURUS by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

"Children fixated on explicit gore may be left unmoved, but to everyone else this will be a dino-delight—especially when read aloud. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
In the fine tradition of Jack Prelutsky's Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast, illustrated by Arnold Lobel (1988), a set of dinophile-pleasing verses penned by a poet with a rare knack for wordplay and silly rhymes finds apt visual setting fronting playful images of monsters rearing up from extinction to grin toothily at young viewers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZOO’S WHO by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"For gales of laughter, read the poems aloud; for chuckles of amusement, linger over the pictures—either way, Florian demonstrates as well as any writer or artist ever has the simple joys of playing with language and imagery. (Poetry. 6-10)"
"A puffin loves stuffin' / Its bill full of fishes. / It fills it with seven / Or eight if it wishes. / It always finds dishes / Of fishes delicious. / A puffin loves stuffin' / Its bill full of fishes." Read full book review >

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PIG IS BIG ON BOOKS by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A subtle, accomplished story with few words but a big overall effect. (Early reader. 2-8)"
A charming pink pig enjoys reading books of different sorts in different places, leading to the creation of a book of his own. Read full book review >