Search Results: "James F. Simon"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"A fair assessment of Hughes' eminent career and an accessible, knowledgeable consideration of the important lawsuits of the era."
An instructive, vigorous account of FDR's attempt at court-packing, and the chief justice who weathered the storm with equanimity. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2002

"Simon's excellent venture in legal and political history illuminates both the roots of an ongoing controversy and the characters of two great historic figures."
From NYU law professor Simon: a lucid account of the clash between two strong-willed men and two sharply divergent political tendencies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"But this fascinating book will restore faith in the judiciary and in the men and women who wear its robes."
An intense and accessible behind-the-bench examination of the Supreme Court's surprising drift to the center. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Though the pairing of Lincoln and Taney seems at first unpromising, this story is as timely as it is well-written."
An examination of the differences over the Constitution's meaning that separated Abraham Lincoln, most revered president, from Roger Taney, most reviled Chief Justice. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Stay tuned. (Picture book. 5-7)"
James coasts through this remake of Baby Brains (2004), changing the milieu but not much else. Read full book review >

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THE BIRDWATCHERS by Simon James
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"The grandfather's love of birdwatching and the pleasure of sharing this passion with his granddaughter, coupled with the frustration of the novice birder who can't spot a bird, rings true to anyone facing a new challenge, especially a child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This gentle, intergenerational story successfully conveys in a simple and authentic voice a granddaughter's first birding experience. Read full book review >

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THE WILD WOODS by Simon James
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A good-humored vignette with concise, appealingly realistic dialogue and deftly scribbled pen and watercolor illustrations, in the manner of James Stevenson, that nicely convey the large but friendly woods' attractions and the warm interaction between Grandpa and Jess. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As Jess and Grandpa make their way through the woods, they debate Jess's idea of taking a squirrel home. ``They're too wild,'' Grandpa says, but, still, Jess follows one over a gate, across a stream, and up the trunk of a fallen tree, pointing out that squirrels enjoy sandwiches and that one could sleep in her room. Read full book review >

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SALLY AND THE LIMPET by Simon James
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"Simple but telling, with cartoon-style illustrations whose deft draftsmanship compares honorably with Quentin Blake's and a Steig-like blend of humor and tenderness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sally tugs a limpet (a mollusk famous for hanging on) from its seaside rock, only to find it stuck fast to her finger. Read full book review >

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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: FORERUNNER TO AMERICAN HORROR
by Andrew Liptak

It’s almost a rite of passage in high school: your English teacher takes out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel The Scarlet Letter, and you, as a student, have to slog through the antiquated prose and story for several weeks. Friends and family don’t remember the book fondly, but recently, I’ve begun to understand just how critical The Scarlet Letter and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BABY BRAINS AND ROBOMOM by Simon James
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

As clever and funny as the first two, this super toddler's third exploit again carries the message that there's no substitute for parental TLC. Read full book review >

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BABY BRAINS by Simon James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Overachieving parents will enjoy this gentle poke in the ribs as much as will their doubtlessly brilliant progeny. (Picture book. 6-9, adult)"
After Mrs. Brains exposes her son in utero to books, music, and TV news, newly born Baby Brains is reading the newspaper the morning after he comes home from the hospital, fixing the car that afternoon, and performing surgery within a few weeks. Read full book review >

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LEON AND BOB by Simon James
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Tidy, but congenial. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Leon is new in town. Read full book review >