Search Results: "Gary R. Phillips"


BOOK REVIEW

GARY by Leila Rudge
Kirkus Star
by Leila Rudge, illustrated by Leila Rudge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"This convivial and gentle story about differences is a needed addition to collections about challenging the norm or upending physical expectations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A racing pigeon who can't fly dreams of travel but ultimately finds—and shares—his own way to adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEW OLD SHOES by Charlotte Blessing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"In a similar vein as Page McBrier's Beatrice's Goat, illustrated by Lori Lohstoeter (2001), this is likely to spark kids' interest in getting involved. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Told from the point of view of a pair of red sneakers, this tale fleshes out the journeys of the countless shoes that have traveled the globe through the Soles4Souls program. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A wonderful story that brings us deep into that moment when America made race music its own and gave rise to the rock sound now heard around the world."
A monumental biography of the larger-than-life loner who fought for the acceptance of black music and discovered an extraordinary group of poor, country-boy singers whose records would transform American popular culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR PHILLIPS by John Lanchester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2000

"Lanchester's capable, knowledgeable, revelatory homage to Mrs. Woolf and Mr. Joyce (and even to Mr. Eliot's 'unreal city') is one of them."
Following up on his successful cookbook-cum-mystery (The Debt to Pleasure, 1996), Lanchester offers an end-of-the-century version of Mrs. Dalloway—with results as brilliantly captivating as Michael Cunningham's were in The Hours. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GARY AND RAY by Sarah Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Lovely. (Picture book. 3-8)"
All the other animals seem to have family or friends with whom to interact, but Gary the gorilla has no one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"To be illustrated with black and white photos. (Index, notes, Web sites, bibliography) (Biography. 12+)"
In an above-average entry to an established series and a useful, modestly engaging biography, the author demonstrates that a careful, close reading of the Paulsen oeuvre and the judicious mining of selected biographical details can be shaped into an involving read. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GARY COOPER by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"The book's lifeless prose suggests great haste and no small lack of interest. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The indefatigably prolific Meyers (Bogart: A Life in Hollywood, 1997, etc.) continues to work his way through the major icons of American film. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIGH HAND by Gary Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Here's hoping Phillips buffs up his prose, because Chainey's too good to give up."
Even Ross Macdonald produced occasional howlers like "prone on her back," but in this series icebreaker by the creator of Ivan Monk (Bad Night Is Falling, 1998, etc.), a veritable fusillade of solecisms ("looking for an egress into the Apex building" is merely the most egregious) mars the otherwise brilliant debut of Martha Chainey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHOOTER’S POINT by Gary Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Both plotting and writing can occasionally go ragged, but Chainey is fresh, lively, and, as she puts it, 'good for the blood now and then.'"
Martha Chainey, the six-foot-tall ex-showgirl now working as a Vegas money courier, can "move and groove" with the best of them, but she likes a breather sometimes too. Read full book review >

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BAD NIGHT IS FALLING by Gary Phillips
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Monk's third case (Perdition, U.S.A., not reviewed, etc.) provides enough gritty gossip, blistering action, and trash talk to make real-life L.A. seem comparatively wholesome."
Efra°n Cruzado's traveled a long way from his political roots in Mexico, but not far enough to prevent somebody from tossing a Molotov cocktail through his sleeping daughters' bedroom window. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

R-HU by Leslie Scalapino
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Demanding and strange, at times curiously affecting, more often simply infuriating."
The r-hu, we're told, is a Mongolian stringed instrument. Read full book review >