Search Results: "James Mahaffey"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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of unrelated anecdotes, journalism, memoir, and history, the book has the feel of an author clearing his files of unpublished material, but most readers will forgive him due to the entertaining tales."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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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

THE GLORKIAN WARRIOR EATS ADVENTURE PIE by James Kochalka
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Kooky, bubble-gum fun. (Graphic science fiction/humor. 5-10)"
Silliness reigns supreme as the Glorkian Warrior finds himself on another goofy illustrated adventure that revolves around food and fart jokes. Read full book review >

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DEAR YETI by James Kwan
by James Kwan, illustrated by James Kwan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A picture-book debut of promise. (Picture book. 3-7)"
On a quest to find Yeti, two hikers write him letters, asking for his help. Read full book review >

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WADDLE! WADDLE! by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 29, 2015

"Friendship on the ice: fraught with danger but funny and fulfilling in the end. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's a face-off on the ice for a trio of performing penguins and a large, hungry, white seal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEAVING CHINA by James McMullan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 11, 2014

"A poignant glimpse into an artist in the making. (Memoir. 12-16)"
Internationally acclaimed illustrator McMullan (I'm Fast, 2012), best known for Lincoln Center Theater posters and picture books with his wife, reflects on his childhood in China and wartime journeys in search of home. Read full book review >

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THE GLORKIAN WARRIOR DELIVERS A PIZZA by James Kochalka
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"Vibrantly weird and wonderful. (Graphic science fiction/humor. 6-10)"
The Glorkian Warrior must leave his couch and face his heroic fate: to deliver a pepperoni pizza. Read full book review >

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SILENT MUSIC by James Rumford
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"If it's a little short on story and none too subtle, it is nevertheless a lovely offering that provides a glimpse into a culture we need to understand. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
A boy's ingenuous voice introduces American readers to the beauty and discipline of Arabic calligraphy in this mood piece set in Baghdad. Read full book review >