Search Results: "Henry Scammell"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"Though neatly written and edited, Scammell's story of sex, slaughter, and Satanism is too dry to live up to its subject."
A cool-tempered combination of police science and forensic anthropology that tells of satanic murders in Fall River, Mass.- -where Lizzie Borden chopped up her parents. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"News of the sort usually reported in The Wall Street Journal or on 60 Minutes gains a human dimension in Scammell's morality tale starring two American archetypes: the team player and the lone whistleblower of personal integrity."
Forget the lawyer jokes. Here admirable attorneys and their determined clients use a peculiar law to wallop some haughty perps who almost lifted billions from Uncle Sam's pockets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 1992

"The general reader in search of true-crime forensic suspense, though, will be better off with Christopher Joyce & Eric Stover's livelier Witnesses from the Grave (1990). (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Bullet, stab, and hatchet wounds abound in this super-serious memoir/essay about police science—but Ubelaker (Curator of Anthropology/Smithsonian Institution) and Scammell (Mortal Remains, 1991) avoid sensationalism in discussing their gruesome subject, and give a close, often technical look at how skeletal remains aid in solving mysteries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 29, 2009

"A fine biography that leaves few leaves unturned, and that should revive interest in Koestler's work."
The first major biography in a quarter-century of Arthur Koestler (1905-83), today best known for the anti-Soviet novel Darkness at Noon (1940). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIFT by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 1963

"The book is demanding, in its private questioning and brilliant problem-solving and it is a fascinating lesson in the truly staggering number of possible ways of writing and seeing."
This early novel was written in 1935-37, mostly in Berlin. Read full book review >

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THE GIFT BOX by Rohan Henry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"The open-ended finish is ingenious and satisfies without being too neat; young listeners may respond to the cue to come up with Ollie's dearly-wished-for response, or they may come up with creative ones of their own. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Elephants have a storied history in children's literature, from beloved Babar all the way up to Mo Willems' current kid-favorite Gerald. Here, a new elephant family enters the pantheon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUDY by Henry Cole
by Henry Cole, illustrated by Henry Cole
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The deceptively simple story gently nudges children to look at and appreciate animals as more than just barnyard fixtures. (Picture book. 4-8)"
At the country auction, Esme and Grandfather find just the right animal for them: "Not too big, not too small. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"A rare gift: a novel with artwork as whole and vital as a picture book's. (afterword) (Animal fantasy. 6-10)"
Starting outside a house, the reader's viewpoint moves indoors page by page until there "sat Celeste, hunched over her work table" under the floorboards. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON THE WAY TO THE BEACH by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Perfect for introducing youngsters to the world around them, and especially appropriate for anyone who visits or lives near the seashore. (answer key) (Picture book. 4-12)"
The mid-Atlantic coast with its myriad plants and animals comes to life in this marvelous search-and-find book. Read full book review >

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JACK'S GARDEN by Henry Cole
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Capped by a lively and elegant design, the book should supplement to an elementary science lesson; what Jack's Garden lacks in personality, it more than makes up for in attention to detail. (Picture book. 3+)"
Cole mimics the cumulative technique of ``The House That Jack Built'' to describe the garden the eponymous hero might tend in his backyard. Read full book review >

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FURIOUS COOL by David  Henry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A mixed bag but worth reading. Those who do will be inspired to give Pryor's concert films fresh screenings."
Biography of the comedic genius, anticipating the authors' in-the-works film script on Pryor's work and hard times. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAT GOT A LOT by Steve Henry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Another ideal story for newly hatched readers. (Early reader. 3-5)"
Happy Cat and his neighbors return for another early reader (Happy Cat, 2013). Read full book review >