Search Results: "Geoffrey Brock"


BOOK REVIEW

PINOCCHIO by Carlo Collodi
by Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Fulvio Testa, translated by Geoffrey Brock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Parents and libraries should welcome this edition, appealing and accessible for 21st-century children. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
An old favorite—the adventures of a wooden puppet whose good heart earns him the right to be a real boy—in a newly illustrated edition of a relatively new translation. Read full book review >

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SKYLARK FARM by Antonia Arslan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2007

"An Armenian Schindler's List."
One family's heartbreaking experience during the 1915 Armenian genocide. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS FLAME OF QUEEN LOANA by Umberto Eco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"A head-spinning tour through the corridors of history and popular culture, and one of this sly entertainer's liveliest yet."
An experience of "retrograde amnesia" stimulates journeys into both the darkened past and the undisclosed future—in the celebrated Italian polymath's fifth erudite doorstopper (Baudolino, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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FAIR MONACO by Brock Cole
Kirkus Star
by Brock Cole, illustrated by Brock Cole
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A vivid and satisfying testimony to the transforming power of hope and dreams. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Cole's words and pictures deliver his tale as effortlessly as a song, but one that pricks with intelligence, sorrow, and hope. Read full book review >

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THE ORDINARY WHITE BOY by Brock Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An almost charming hero and a vivid sense of small-town life, but the story fails to make a true claim on the reader's attention—especially when the painstakingly elaborated racial theme dissolves at the end into vapid irrelevancy."
A pallid first novel chronicles a year in the life of a desultory college grad, startled into taking his life seriously by a perhaps racially motivated murder. Read full book review >

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WHAT WE WON’T DO by Brock Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"An uneven debut offering an imagination a touch too fond of novelty, a bit too carried away with its own fictive swagger, and a bit too droll in its emotional reticence to capture a reader's enduring interest."
Brock follows his debut novel (The Ordinary White Boy, p. 960) with a prizewinning first collection of 14 stories: a flat if engaging thrum along the themes of loss and despair, in working-class upstate New York, in which mostly male characters find themselves confused in midlife. Read full book review >

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INDIANA GOTHIC by Pope Brock
Released: April 20, 1999

"Adultery, murder, a climactic trial, and old-fashioned clothes—perfect source material for a TV docudrama."
A deft blend of fact and fiction vividly re-creates a 90-year-old family scandal. Read full book review >

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crowded in the middle of nowhere by Bo Brock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2014

"You don't have to live in the Lone Star State to enjoy these companionable tales of a country vet."
The casebook of Brock, a Texas veterinarian, reveals his most memorable cases and larger-than-life characters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT by Brock Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2007

"Fine fare for reading alone or aloud. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Like Larky Mavis (2001) but sans the metaphysics, this folklorish original tale gives a poor, scorned orphan a chance to show her inner stuff, and to make a fresh start. Read full book review >

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LARKY MAVIS by Brock Cole
by Brock Cole, illustrated by Brock Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 3, 2001

From the author of Buttons (2000) comes a simply told tale with deep emotional and metaphorical resonance. Read full book review >

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ALPHA AND THE DIRTY BABY by Brock Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 1991

"A thoroughly entertaining story with a serious (but unobtrusive) theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Alpha's parents' childish quarrel (``You forgot to wash my nightshirt!'' ``Wash it yourself, lazybones''... ``I've got a good mind to go off and join the navy'') is overheard by a devil's imp who takes the opportunity of turning Papa into a lump of coal and taking his place while his wife, bringing along their baby, replaces cross Mama. Read full book review >