Search Results: "James Mahaffey"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 6, 2017

"A hodgepodge of unrelated anecdotes, journalism, memoir, and history, the book has the feel of an author clearing his files of unpublished material, but most readers will forgive him due to the entertaining tales."
Further stories of nuclear nuttiness from the physicist and engineer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2014

"The most comprehensive and certainly one of the most entertaining accounts of atomic accidents."
Having delivered a delightfully astute history of atomic power in Atomic Awakening (2009), nuclear engineer Mahaffey goes over the same ground with the same combination of expertise and wit, this time describing what happens when things go wrong. Read full book review >

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Released: July 22, 2009

"Mahaffey writes delightfully witty prose, delivers clear explanations of technical problems and takes no prisoners in his description of clueless politicians, technology-challenged military leaders, madcap engineers and self-righteous antinuclear activists."
A surprisingly entertaining history of nuclear power. 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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CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
by Julie Danielson

To say that Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James knocked their first picture book out of the ballpark would be an understatement about a book with very little that is understated about it. In the short time it’s been on shelves, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut has garnered a host of starred reviews and much-deserved praise.

This rhythmic ...


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CAPTURING AN AMERICAN ICON
by Julie Danielson

Husband and wife author and illustrator pair Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome have a whole slew of picture books under their belt, over a dozen books she’s written and he’s illustrated, many of them biographies.

But their newest, Before She Was Harriet, which will be on shelves next week, may be their best work to date. It’s a portrait of ...


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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

OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM by James Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"'Old MacDonald' for narcoleptics. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The heavy-lidded cat with a cult following dons overalls for a trip to the farm. Read full book review >

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PETE THE CAT: PLAY BALL! by James Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"No home run here. (Early reader. 3-5)"
Ultracool Pete the Cat turns his attention to baseball. Read full book review >

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KNUCKLE AND POTTY DESTROY HAPPY WORLD by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2012

"A knee-slapper for recent early-reader grads who like their metafiction on the droll side. (Graphic fiction. 7-9)"
Two cutesy-poo picture-book characters seek (and find) a way to toughen up their images. Read full book review >

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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 >