Search Results: "Gene Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Readable but only half-satisfying pop-history—more for assassination buffs (Smith brings together many sources) than for fanciers of theater history. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
The Booth family's important place in theater history has often been overshadowed or obscured by the notoriety of John Wilkes. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Smith illustrates clearly the plight of American slaves as they desperately struggled to gain their freedom and the lies, deception and deviousness their owners used to deny it."
Smith (History/Texas Christian Univ.; Thomas ap Catesby Jones: Commodore of Manifest Destiny, 2000, etc.) explains the War of 1812 from the viewpoint of the slaves who served both sides in the hope of attaining their freedom. Read full book review >

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THE PICTURE HISTORY OF GREAT BUILDINGS by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Introductory and summary remarks express the author's hopeful concern for future 'careful planning' and building of 'eco-friendly' cities. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Chock-full of facts and decorated with sketches of more than 100 great buildings, this whirlwind world tour provides an introductory reference to architecture. Read full book review >

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JACK THE TRIPPER by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Wodehouse with a dash of Gorey. (Picture book. 6-11)"
Devilish deeds at Benjamin Dizzie Elementary School. Read full book review >

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DEAR DEER by Gene Baretta
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Beware: Children will gain not only prowess in recognizing homophones but also the ability to produce bad puns! (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the tradition of Fred Gwynne's A Chocolate Moose for Dinner (1976) comes this comic tale replete with homophones. Read full book review >

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NEO LEO by Gene Barretta
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Energetic, engaging and eclectic—just like its subject. (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
In a format similar to his Now and Ben (2003), Barretta points out the links between one man's genius and the development of a varied catalogue of creations. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2006

"Rosalyn Schanzer's How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning (2003) covers much of the same territory but does it much better. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Sunny cartoons juxtapose now and then in a lighthearted exploration of how Benjamin Franklin's inventions have survived into the modern age. Read full book review >

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THE ACCIDENTAL SPACESHIP by Gene Hunt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Sequels probable. (Science fiction. 9-11)"
This jokey debut takes too long to get off the ground, but it does feature a few memorable notions and set pieces. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"Stone's evenhanded, serious treatment of this material keeps it from being unbearable or cheaply sensational. (8 pages b&w photos—not seen)"
The painful story of a Wichita, Kansas, woman who learns through psychotherapy that the homicidal maniac stalking her resides in her subconscious self, a product of repressed, long- buried memories of sexual child abuse. Read full book review >

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EXODUS FROM THE LONG SUN by Gene Wolfe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"You'll have to read all four volumes consecutively to stand even a remote chance of deciding which."
Final installment of Wolfe's highly ambitious, inordinately complicated, far-future tetralogy (CaldÇ of the Long Sun, 1994, etc.), bringing to an end the story of the huge, multigenerational starship, The Whorl, and its young priest turned ruler, Patera Silk. Read full book review >