Search Results: "Gary B. Abromovitz"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"A serious, informative look at the Mafia from the inside, but fatally lacking in zest."
The real story of Mafia life, from one who lived it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2005

"This complex, subtle work leaves room for admiration, but also for less exalted thoughts. A fine corrective to the usual hagiographies."
The American Revolution, writes Nash (History/UCLA; History on Trial, 1997), was messy, deadly, and radical through and through—far from the sanitized, mythical version of the textbooks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Dying to Give by Gary B. Shelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"An often moving tale that humanizes the process of organ donation."
Shelly's (Discovering Computers, 2012, etc.) novel explores the quandaries of a family struck by unthinkable tragedy. Read full book review >

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TEN DOUBLES by Gary B. Helms
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2013

"Readers would be wise to invest in the journeys of this lovable, well-loved narcissist."
Mad Men meets Wall Street in Helms' (Coming to Terms with Wall Street, 2000) novel, heavily invested in sex, booze and shady brokerage deals. Read full book review >

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PETIT JEAN by William B. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The intense regional focus means the book will appeal mainly to visitors to the area and teachers of Arkansas history. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 7-11)"
A young Frenchwoman masquerades as a boy in order to accompany her fiance to the New World in 1732. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 29, 1997

"Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the relationship between history as an intellectual discipline and as a subject in school. (8 illustrations, not seen)"
Three meticulous observers explore who decides what history gets taught to high-school students, with close attention to the current controversy over multiculturalism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Once they grasp the concept, however, it seems likely that they would enjoy following the poets' advice and trying their own hands at renga. (Poetry. 6-9)"
Nostalgic images and low-key observations characterize this collaboration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 20, 2011

"Adds immeasurably to our understanding of the Revolution's full meaning."
Three distinguished scholars commission 22 essays about historical characters for whom the American Revolution was insufficiently revolutionary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS SILLY! by Gary Taxali
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Some kids may like the lilting rhymes and bold colors and patterns, but for the most part Taxali's vintage designs remain better suited for his already appreciative adult market. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Pop art and advertising-design nostalgia combine in a picture book that seems to see audience as secondary to presentation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YANKEE DOODLE by Gary Chalk
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 1993

"Not essential, but a curiosity that may engage some readers (and impulse buyers). (Picture book. 5-9)"
The American Revolution, reenacted by mice and other animals on hobbyhorses, rather like Redwall's heroics; recounted in verse that can be sung to the mocking redcoat song the rebels defiantly adopted (``Redcoats were surprised to find/Us Yankees set on winning./At Lexington a shot rang out,/It was the war's beginning!''); and augmented with more facts and asides (``Does this mean they're going to free the slaves?'' asks a raccoon/Native American). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUMBLE WITH THE ROMANS by Gary Northfield
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Readers will applaud the Monty Python-esque exploits of this hoofed hero. Just don't call him a horse. (map) (Farce. 10-12)"
Fun and games in the Coliseum. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KARATE WAY by Gary Hellman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"His droll tone and humorous illustrations—don't miss the close-up of a mouth in a karate yell—keep the story from being didactic. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Sensei ("teacher" in Japanese) Hellman introduces what happens in a beginning karate class through the experiences of a boy whose mother takes him to his first class as a surprise. Read full book review >