Search Results: "James Nicol"


BOOK REVIEW

THE APPRENTICE WITCH by James Nicol
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Not every fantasy has to be epic, grimdark, or startlingly new; this one is as cozy as a teapot and as comfy as old slippers. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
An insecure young witch comes into her own in this pleasantly old-fashioned fantasy debut. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 1993

"Photos, plus discography and transcriptions of songs and vaudeville skits)."
Lydia Mendoza—with 12-string guitar and soulful renditions of tangos, boleros, corridos, and other popular songs—catapulted to fame (if not fortune) as ``La Cancionera de los Pobres'' (``The Songstress of the Poor'') in the 30's Southwest, becoming the most renowned member of her performing family. 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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JAMES PARKS AND BEN COSTA
by Alex Heimbach

“A skeleton and a slime walk into a bar…” That may sound like the wind up to a very nerdy joke, but it’s actually the set up for a scene in James Parks and Ben Costa’s new YA graphic novel, Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli, which, to be fair, is full of very nerdy — ...


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AWESOME OCTOBER
by Bobbi Dumas

Oh wow, too many great titles out this month!

I’m almost finished with Sherry Thomas’ second Charlotte Holmes/Sherlock Holmes book,  A Conspiracy in Belgravia and it’s just fabulous (full disclosure, Sherry Thomas sent me the audio CDs because I couldn’t get them from the audio publisher, but anyone who knows me knows I love everything she writes and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THIS DAY AND AGE by Mike Nicol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"Strange and wonderful stories, all of them; if this lacks the cumulative power of Nicol's extraordinary debut, it still leaves you hungry for more from this gifted writer."
Another dreamlike, darkly prophetic meditation on the savagery of South African political history, and on the impossibility of historical knowledge in general, very much in the manner of Nicol's remarkable first novel, The Powers That Be (1989). Read full book review >

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Tales of Jonathan by Keith Nicol
Released: Feb. 16, 2007

"Elegant but bewildering."
A looping tale within a tale about a boy, a girl, and the search for love in a world where words are meaningless. Read full book review >

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HORSEMAN by Mike Nicol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"In his quest for the archaic power of cultural prophecy, the author seems indifferent to the more mundane task of pleasing his audience."
Another uncompromising fable of brutal oppression and vengeance run riot in a mythical foreign land. Read full book review >