Search Results: "James E. McWilliams"


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THE MODERN SAVAGE by James E. McWilliams
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"While McWilliams offers convincing arguments for animal rights, they are undermined by the extensive quotes, which become tiresome and offer little useful context."
McWilliams (History/Texas State Univ.; The Pecan: A History of America's Native Nut, 2013, etc.) takes issue with the locavore movement, which preaches compassionate care of farm animals on nonindustrial farms but slaughters those animals in the end.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 30, 2005

"Delicious from start to finish, with only a very few lumps along the way."
A new history of American eating guaranteed to tempt all foodies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 26, 2009

"Rich in research, provocative in conception and nettlesome to both the right and the left."
McWilliams (History/Texas State Univ.; A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America, 2005, etc.) argues for moderation and compromise in today's raging food fights. Read full book review >

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EATING PROMISCUOUSLY by James McWilliams
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"McWilliams presents a solid argument, though it is not as radical or inspiring as he may have hoped, and the book could use more focused attention on creating the ideal world the author envisions.
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A food writer and historian argues that humans would be healthier with a more diverse diet. Read full book review >

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NEW RED BIKE! by James E. Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"The very brief text and simply drawn figures suspended in generous quantities of white space give this a superficially appealing look, but Ander's Me and My Bike (2008) or Cari Best's Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen, illustrated by Christine Davenier (2006), convey a fledgling bicyclist's joy more effectively and coherently. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A usually accomplished illustrator tries for extreme simplicity and takes a header with this confused and confusing episode. Read full book review >

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THE MERCY TRAP by James E. Martin
Released: March 22, 1989

Proficient, crisp first novel from former Ohio police detective Martin, whose Gil Disbro has been budget-cut from the Cleveland force and now does bounty work (in lieu of office rent) and private investigation—such as finding the real mother of the Eberlys' adopted daughter Heather, a diabetic desperate for a kidney transplant. Read full book review >

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A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE by James E. Martin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 24, 1994

"Maybe he ought to stick to one-acts."
Breezy Cleveland PI Gil Disbro's latest client, frail old Judge Lowell Amerine, has a truly unusual problem. Read full book review >

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MINNOW by James E. McTeer II
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"An evocative novel that brings to life an intensely realized portrait of the South Carolina Lowcountry and sends its appealing young hero on a journey full of the strangeness of childhood and the difficult choices that come with growing up."
A young boy sets out on an almost mythical quest through a vividly imagined American South in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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BLESSED EXPERIENCES by James E. Clyburn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2014

"Well-written and thoughtful, Clyburn's memoir offers valuable fly-on-the-wall notes on how politics can be conducted in a healthy way and at an effective level."
South Carolina congressman Clyburn recounts a long and productive, if occasionally frustrating, life in politics, providing a fine primer for anyone thinking of entering the arena. Read full book review >

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JOLTIN' JOE DIMAGGIO by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Hero worship abounds, but even within this context, the book scores a home run. (author's note, stats, sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
The great Joe DiMaggio still holds fascination for modern fans. Read full book review >

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THIS IS THE ROPE by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"A quiet affirmation of a strong and close-knit family that, along with so many other African-Americans, found a better life as part of the Great Migration. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
With great affection, a Brooklyn girl tells the story of her grandmother, mother and a rope that forms a bond across three generations. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE QUILT OF NIGHT by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"An excellent introduction to the topic for a younger audience. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Hopkinson and Ransome team up once again with a stunning tale about one family's trip on the Underground Railroad. Read full book review >