Search Results: "James E. Merriman"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 15, 2012

"An action-packed topical read that is sometimes overly complicated."
Fiction borrows heavily from fact in this stark action novel built around Mexico's drug war as it spills into the U.S. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BALLAD OF THE ANARCHIST BANDITS by John Merriman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Chilling historical evidence of the dire consequences of inequality and injustice."
While artists and writers rebelled against aesthetic conventions, anarchists terrorized pre-World War I Paris. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MY TEACHER by James E. Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2012

"Still, as a Teacher Appreciation Day gift, it's a mighty nice alternative to an apple. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young girl sporting dreadlocks addresses readers directly, telling them all about her teacher in an attempt to explain why the elderly woman continues to teach in her school rather than retiring or teaching "across town, where the sun always shines." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GUNNER, FOOTBALL HERO by James E. Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"Nearly a touchdown; definitely a field goal. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Though his arm lands him a spot on the team as third-string quarterback, short, round Gunner seems to have been glued to the bench. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2010

"Members of Merriman's generation will find this book familiar and moving; younger generations will see through popular stereotypes into the real struggles of their parents and grandparents.
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A thoughtful memoir of the search for meaning in post World War II America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Lengthy accounts of local politics will strain readers' attention spans, but the author's animating affection makes his text for the most part thoroughly engaging. (15 photographs and 1 map, not seen)"
Loving literary postcard of a picturesque village that appears to grow from the limestone cliffs towering above the Ardèche River in southeastern France. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 2009

"Brisk and well-written, continually directing our attention toward contemporary analogues."
Chronicle of the 1894 bombing of an upscale Parisian café, which set a deadly pattern for the subsequent quarter-century and beyond. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRONTIER ILLINOIS by James E. Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"This deft synthesis of existing knowledge is likely to become the standard modern history of Illinois. (13 b&w photos, 5 maps, not seen.)"
A comprehensive, readable history of this distinctive prairie state before the Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

AND THEN YOU DIE by James E. Martin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 16, 1992

"A so-so effort."
The third outing for Cleveland shamus Gil Disbro finds him flying to Nevada in search of millionaire Boyd Lassiter's estranged wife, Renee, now mysteriously missing from a dude ranch. Read full book review >