Search Results: "Gilbert King"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 2012

"Deeply researched and superbly composed."
A thoroughgoing study of one of the most important civil-rights cases argued by Thurgood Marshall in dismantling Jim Crow strictures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"Injustice, inhumanity and death, all made strangely charming and unforgettable."
A well-wrought tale of murder, secrets, lies and state-sponsored and state-botched retribution. Read full book review >

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KING GROSSMAN
by Poornima Apte

King Grossman had just returned from participating in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests when Kirkus caught up with him. His desire to become an active citizen informs the backbone of his debut indie venture, Letters to Alice. The novel has a feel for the zeitgeist of our times with Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring woven into its threads ...


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A READING YEAR: JUDGING CRIME WORKS BY DIFFERENT STANDARDS
by J. Kingston Pierce

Back when I began writing for Kirkus Reviews, almost half a decade ago, I had an editor who was frequently after me to publish lists of things—rundowns of especially dependable crime novelists, or books I’d like to read again for the first time, or once-popular detectives about whom I thought more should be written. “People like to read lists,” ...


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BOOK REVIEW

INDESCRIBABLY ARABELLA by Jane Gilbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Arabella is not really an indescribable character, but her story is a charming reminder of a simpler time. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Gilbert wrote and illustrated this story in 1947, and her story of an "indescribable" little girl trying to become famous retains the gentle, nostalgic feeling of works for children from an earlier era. Read full book review >

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FLYING LESSONS by Gilbert Ford
ANIMALS
Released: March 16, 2010

"As seen in comparison to the pigeons, the jet's too small to let the size disparity reach its full absurd potential—for better examples, see Valeri Gorbachev's Big Little Elephant (2005) or Mac Barnett's Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, illustrated by Adam Rex (2009)—and its motivations remain murky, but readers shouldn't have much trouble figuring out what those aforesaid 'things' might be. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this oddball solo debut, a migratory flock of doves gives a too-big, too-noisy jetliner hoping to be a fellow traveler a hostile reception. Read full book review >

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A STRANGE COMMONPLACE by Gilbert Sorrentino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"Not for those who prefer a story told straight."
From veteran postmodernist Sorrentino (Trance, 2005, etc), a savage, baffling and beguiling novel about the wreckage that infidelity leaves behind. Read full book review >

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ISRAEL by Martin Gilbert
Released: April 8, 1998

"A rich history with a progressive stance. (32 pages b&w photos, 43 maps, not seen)"
One of the first in a slew of books forthcoming to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel: a thorough and thoroughly entertaining history of that nation's first half century—from a Labor Party point of view. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"But his skill in leavening grand strategy with individual experience and in illuminating the pathos of these events makes this a memorable achievement."
If the first volume of Gilbert's History of the Twentieth Century (1997) seemed tired, the second, covering the years up to and following the Second World War, reveal again his high quality as a narrative historian. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"Although somewhat repetitive, the book provides a welcome reversal of the all-too-prevalent tendency to regard the elderly as a burden rather than a resource."
Emmy Award-winning TV producer Gilbert (Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents, 2006) discusses "what it [is] like to be a parent without parents." Read full book review >