Search Results: "Gary Rivlin"


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KATRINA by Gary Rivlin
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Deeply engrossing, well-written, and packed with revealing stories."
Former New York Times reporter Rivlin (Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.—How the Working Poor Became Big Business, 2010, etc.) delivers a magnificently reported account of life in a broken, waterlogged city. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 1992

"Uneven and often, it seems, unfair, but Rivlin's research and intimate knowledge of the principals are impressive."
A mostly admiring—though contentious, flatly written, and somewhat overlong—political biography of Harold Washington, mayor of Chicago from 1983-87. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2001

"Sadly, there's no moral to be learned in Rivlin's weak tale, a classic example of a magazine article fattened up to make a book—and, in this case, an e-book as well."
A thin profile—in every sense—of one of the few high-tech movers and shakers who has so far failed to become a household name. Read full book review >

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DRIVE-BY by Gary Rivlin
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 1995

"Underedited but powerful: a rich exploration of a surprisingly multifaceted crime."
A haunting, intimate, though diffuse account of a black-youth- on-black-youth drive-by shooting. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2010

"A wildly frustrating and timely book appropriate for most readers."
Using a couple of heroes and more than a few foils, journalist Rivlin (The Godfather of Silicon Valley: Ron Conway and the Fall of the Dot-coms, 2001, etc.) dives into the dog-eat-dog world of Poverty, Inc. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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SON WHO RETURNS by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Free of crises and melodrama, a buoyant take on the theme of embracing one's family heritage. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Powwow drums call a modern teen to reconnect with his Native American roots. Read full book review >

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ABNORMAL by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2014

"For a creepy thriller based on Native American lore, Joseph Bruchac's Skeleton Man (2001) is a much stronger choice. (Paranormal adventure. 10-14)"
This slim adventure tale is rooted in Cherokee culture. Read full book review >

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TRIBAL JOURNEY by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"An uncomplicated tale of mirrored inner and outer journeys, welcome for its look at Native American characters in a modern context. (Fiction. 10-16)"
Helping to carve and then paddle a traditional canoe brings a disabled Seattle teenager back to his Salish roots. Read full book review >