Search Results: "Gordon Bell"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The research seems sound enough, but one-dimensional characters and consistently clumsy prose doom this first of a series. There may be a story worth telling here, but the grandson of Sinclair Lewis hasn't found it yet."
Chunky, clunky debut novel about a one-time slave who fights Confederates, injustice, ignorance, racism, Native Americans, whatever—all superheroically. Read full book review >

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GORDON PARKS by Ann Parr
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2006

"A substandard, message-driven production, of limited value to libraries. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Based on an interview with Parks, now in his 90s, and built on his mother's childhood challenge, "What a white boy can do, you can too—and no excuses," Parr's profile briefly traces the photographer/writer/filmmaker's career from early struggles in Minnesota to his memoir for adults, Hungry Heart (2005). Read full book review >

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FLORENCE GORDON by Brian Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Always a pleasure to read for his well-drawn characters, quiet insight and dialogue that crackles with wit, Morton here raises his own bar in all three areas. He also joins a sadly small club of male writers who have created memorable heroines."
Unexpected celebrity and long-absent family members distract a heroically cantankerous 1960s-era activist in the summer of 2009 as she reluctantly confronts the challenges of age. Read full book review >

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GORDON PARKS by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Parks' photography gave a powerful and memorable face to racism in America; this book gives him to young readers. (afterword, author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
He aimed his camera lens at fashion models and at struggling African-American workers. Read full book review >

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GORDON AND TAPIR by Sebastian Meschenmoser
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"Dispiriting. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gordon and Tapir discover that friendship isn't enough to find common ground. Read full book review >

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GORDON IN CHARGE by Jill Newton
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Special less for the themes of bullying and posturing than for the super-expressive, always-in-motion illustrations. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Newton illustrates her two Gordons, goat and goose, with passionate feeling and motion as they vie for authority over the barnyard. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2007

"The enthusiastic narrative often jumps ahead of Bell's story and then backtracks, but there's never a dull moment in the peerless life of this trailblazing character."
From British journalist Howell, a lively biography of the daring Victorian adventurer, archaeologist and author, an early proponent of Arab self-determination. Read full book review >

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OREN BELL by Barbara Hood Burgess
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"A promising debut. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An offbeat story introduces Oren, 12, the only boy in an African-American family consisting of his mother, his overbearing, overachieving twin Latonya, and younger sister Brenda, who is both brilliant and mildly psychic. Read full book review >

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BELL WEATHER by Dennis Mahoney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A pleasant, passable diversion that never quite conquers its tropes or pitfalls."
A young woman's past catches up with her in a magic, recently colonized new world in this historical fantasy from Mahoney (Fellow Mortals, 2013).Read full book review >

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ICELAND’S BELL by Halldór Laxness
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"In many ways, Iceland's Bell isn't a modern novel. And that is its great strength."
The integrity and vitality of Icelandic culture, as subtly celebrated by the Nobel-winning author (1902-98) of Independent People (1946) and, most recently, World Light (2002). Read full book review >

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ASHLEY BELL by Dean Koontz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Albeit slightly drawn out as it rolls to its conclusion, Koontz's novel cuts between the fantastical and the believable to dissect evil, explore the power of imagination, and probe the parameters of consciousness."
Koontz (The City, 2014, etc.) searches the shadow lands of Elsewhere, a mystical terrain where Bibi Blair confronts a rare brain cancer.Read full book review >