Search Results: "James D. Stein"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Every educated reader should know what these numbers mean. Stein casts his net widely, delivering an entertaining history of each, often wandering into areas of science only distantly related but no less worthwhile."
Cheerful but not dumbed-down discussions of 13 fundamental numbers. Read full book review >

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TIFFANY D. JACKSON
by Alex Heimbach

What happens when a child is charged with murder? Well, it depends. Salacious procedural episodes aside, these cases are so rare that there’s little precedent for how to proceed. When Tiffany D. Jackson came across one such story, of a 10-year-old girl in Maine charged with manslaughter for allegedly shoving pills down the throat of an infant her mother was ...


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FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE
by Leila Roy

It took the state six long years to realize I wasn’t a threat to society before they ripped me out of baby jail and put me with Ms. Stein. From one prison to another, that’s all it was. Understand, there’s a big difference between baby jail and juvie, where the rest of the girls in the house come from. Juvie ...
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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
by Julie Danielson

Well, maybe not exactly planes, trains, and automobiles. But you know those children who get really fired up reading books about things that go vroom? There’s a reason you can throw a rock and hit a children’s book about transportation: they are loved by many a child. Today, I’ve got three new ones worth your time, one an arrival from ...


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JAMES PARKS AND BEN COSTA
by Alex Heimbach

“A skeleton and a slime walk into a bar…” That may sound like the wind up to a very nerdy joke, but it’s actually the set up for a scene in James Parks and Ben Costa’s new YA graphic novel, Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli, which, to be fair, is full of very nerdy — ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Full of homespun philosophy and advice, this leisurely told tale may appeal to readers who have enjoyed the work of Brian Doyle. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grader Paolo describes what happens when his ten-year-old cousin Billy falls in love with Veronica, a Chinese-American girl, against community mores in central California in 1951. Read full book review >

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FAST COMPANY by D. James Smith
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The passages of remarkably poised, fluid writing make Smith's debut, despite its disheartening message, unusually strong. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A depressing, downbeat tale that attempts to make sense of the lives of some highly dysfunctional, unlikable people, but never quite succeeds. Read full book review >

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BIRD OF ANOTHER HEAVEN by James D. Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 26, 2007

"A distinguished successor to Houston's superb fictionalization of the Donner Party ordeal, Snow Mountain Passage (2001), and compelling evidence that he's one of the best historical novelists working today."
California during the Gold Rush and Hawaii on the verge of annexation as a U.S. territory provide a rich dual backdrop for Houston's colorful ninth novel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Sure to please military and WWII buffs, but may leave others unsatisfied."
Hornfischer (Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors, 2006, etc.) chronicles the World War II Pacific campaign to capture and hold Guadalcanal from the Japanese. Read full book review >

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THE OLD GRAY WOLF by James D. Doss
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"The puckish Doss, who combined charm, mayhem and deviously clever clues, will be much missed."
Doss, who died this past spring, parts company with Charlie Moon (Coffin Man, 2011, etc.) in this 17th and final go-round. Read full book review >