Search Results: "Ian Ker"


BOOK REVIEW

KER-SPLASH! by George O'Connor
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Rousing fare for fans of Brian Pinkney's Adventures of Sparrow Boy (1997) or for budding superheroes in general. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The creator of Kapow! (2004) takes the same crew and basic concept to the beach, alternating supercharged scenes of superhero action with more down-to-earth views of two young buddies and a little brother taking on a bully. Read full book review >

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IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A solid scholarly biography with little to savor for general readers. Lycett's subject remains an aloof, disagreeable enigma."
An exhaustive and exhausting biography of Ian Fleming (1908-1964), the creator of secret agent James Bond. Read full book review >

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THE EVERYMAN CHESTERTON by G.K. Chesterton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2011

"A welcome taste of Chesterton, who remains most readable today. Now for a second volume to fill in the gaps."
An edifying but still incomplete sampling from the work of the great British novelist, moralist and philosopher. Read full book review >

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IAN PENNEY'S ABC by Ian Penney
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Elegant and illuminating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Each page of Penney's alphabet resembles a piece of stained glass, not in the precious sense, but in its composition and light. Read full book review >

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IAN IS SICK  by Pauline Oud
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Ian isn't well, and his book isn't so great either. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Some TLC and a play date help a sick little boy get better. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"More appreciation than critique. Cabell's biggest achievement is an annotated guide to Rankin first editions and comprehensive cast lists and episode summaries of the TV series."
An analysis of much-lauded crime writer Ian Rankin's relationship with his iconoclastic detective John Rebus. Read full book review >

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IAN PENNEY'S BOOK OF FAIRY TALES by Ian Penney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Some of the appeal will be wasted on American children, but travelers, even of the armchair variety, might give it a go. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)"
The Billy-Goats-Gruff, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and more of the usual suspects play out their tales on some of Great Britain's historic sites and estates: Stowe, the Giant's Causeway, Kedleston in Derby, the ``Bear's Hut'' on the grounds of Killeston, the garden tower at Cornwall's Trelissick, and Chirk Castle. Read full book review >

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TRUE NORTH by Jill Ker Conway
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 22, 1994

"Irishman's way with a story'') as a substitute for the harder work of portraying individual characters. (First printing of 60,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; author tour)"
In this memoir Conway picks up where she left off in Road From Coorain (1989). Read full book review >

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THE ROAD FROM COORAIN by Jill Ker Conway
Released: May 4, 1989

Engrossing memoir of an unorthodox girlhood in Australia by Conway, a historian who in 1975 became the first woman president of Smith College. Read full book review >

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A WOMAN’S EDUCATION by Jill Ker Conway
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 29, 2001

"Theoretical generalizations aside, these are engaging scenes from the most public chapter of an accomplished feminist's life."
Autobiographical lessons from the education Conway received as the first female president of Smith. Read full book review >

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WHEN MEMORY SPEAKS by Jill Ker Conway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 1998

"Worse, she imposes her convictions about gender wars and imperialism on the evidence rather than deriving them from it, presupposing her points rather than proving them."
In this erudite essay, former Smith College president and Australian expatriate autobiographer Conway (The Road from Coorain, 1989; True North, 1995) makes a smart but less than convincing case for the construction of identity through the writing of life stories. Read full book review >