Search Results: "Downs Matthews"


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ARCTIC SUMMER by Downs Matthews
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Splendid pictorial science. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Another striking photo essay from the team that produced Polar Bear Cubs (1989), this one depicting plants and animals during the short arctic summer. Read full book review >

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SKIMMERS by Downs Matthews
Released: Nov. 27, 1990

The life cycle of a fish-eating bird that frequents shores from New York to Mexico. Read full book review >

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HARP SEAL PUPS by Downs Matthews
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Matthews names walruses, killer whales, and sharks as the seals' enemies, but it's a glaring omission not to include humans on the list. (map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
An Arctic ice slab seems an especially cold delivery table, but for baby harp seals, it's also their crib and their nursery. Read full book review >

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WETLANDS by Downs Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1994

"Still, these vitally important habitats need all the friends they can get, and the book is sure to provoke interest. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
A brief, no-nonsense overview of the many wetland types. Read full book review >

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PLAGUEMAKER by Tim Downs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"Downs (Chop Shop, 2004, etc.) knows his bugs and his techno stuff, but what makes this work so well is the appeal of the characters, particularly that witty old Chinese scientist."
Top-drawer thriller about mortal grudges—and fatal fleas. Read full book review >

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BOSS LIFE by Paul Downs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Refreshingly absent of bulleted lists and sidebars, this is a welcome addition to the literature of business ownership. Read it—and then get help."
Want to be your own boss? You might think twice after reading this large-hearted memoir from a frequently exasperated business owner. Read full book review >

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STAND BY ME by Jim Downs
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2016

"An intelligent and thought-provoking though somewhat limited addition to the historical record of the gay liberation movement."
Downs (History/Connecticut Coll.; Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction, 2012, etc.) aims to dispel the misconception that gay liberation in the 1970s was primarily focused on sexual freedom. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1991

"A masterful storyteller's cleareyed tribute to the postbellum reconciliation. (Photographs—not seen.)"
An erstwhile warrior's powerful and thought-provoking report on his unsentimental journeys to Vietnam 20 years after a wounding tour of combat duty. Read full book review >

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The Policy by C.I. Downs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2016

"A vivid novel explores the challenges of blue-collar Canadian life."
A steelworker deals with unions, economic forces, and single fatherhood. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"Colorful, but adds little to what is already known."
The artifact that provided the key to unlocking Egyptian hieroglyphics gets an account emphasizing the furious conflict it has prompted ever since being discovered in 1799. Read full book review >

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THE NOISY AIRPLANE RIDE by Mike Downs
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

From thumping down the extended Jetway ("STOMP, STOMP, TROMP") into the aircraft, to running out at flight's end to Grandma's "HELLO!," this account of an air journey focuses on the typical—normal—noises a passenger might hear. Read full book review >

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DIFFERENT LIKE COCO by Elizabeth Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The endpapers are covered with quotations from Chanel: 'Luxury must be comfortable; otherwise it is not luxury.' (timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
With an economy of storyline and a strong sense of style, Matthews distills the contradictory life of Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel into a neat and fashionable package. Read full book review >