Search Results: "James Iver Mattson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGIC MISTAKE by Barbara Brauner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Quick-witted and spunky, Lacey beguiles readers in her second adventure. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The return of fairy godmother Katarina once again casts 12-year-old Lacey's life into disorder. Read full book review >

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THE GLITTER TRAP by Barbara Brauner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Featuring zany escapades, madcap magic and a cantankerous fairy godmother, this effervescent series debut enchants. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A chance encounter with a fairy godmother with a penchant for glitter leads to merry mischief for 12-year-old Lacey. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2009

"A galloping history full of interesting characters and significant moments."
Mattson (Contemporary History/Ohio Univ.; Rebels All!: A Short History of the Conservative Mind in Postwar America, 2008, etc.) presents a bright snapshot of a nation in flux. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"In that sense—and given the talk of 'real' American-ness that persists today—Mattson's excellent book is a timely companion to the current election season. The question is: Who's playing Nixon?"
A cocker spaniel and a plain cloth coat become emblems of the paranoid-style right-wing politics of the 1950s, courtesy of one Richard Milhous Nixon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A slight work about a bygone era, but with lessons to offer for our own time."
Time was, in the antediluvian years before Reagan, that "liberal" was a handle a fighting man could cop to. Its devaluation into the much-maligned "L word," writes the author, owes as much to left as right. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 2012

"Thorough and thoughtful, but with dense scholarly foliage that needs pruning."
A liberal columnist and a professor examine the zigzag route of liberal politics since the New Deal. Read full book review >

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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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BOOK REVIEW

BEOWULF by James Rumford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2007

"What you have heard before is nothing. I will stir up the waters of the old days and shape the long-ago then into now. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON’T TOUCH MY HAT! by James Rumford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"Hat's off to this one! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Thanks to Sheriff John and his ten-gallon hat, the town of Sunshine is a model of law and order. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIRD, BUTTERFLY, EEL by James Prosek
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"Gorgeous artwork and a wealth of facts nicely combine to create an introductory look at bird, insect and fish migration. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
In summer, the three titular animals share the same coastal New England farm. Read full book review >