Search Results: "James R. Simmons"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A sterling contribution to the ongoing discussion of what this country might or should become."
Deft and detailed defense of government activism to alleviate poverty and extreme inequality in the US. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

R-HU by Leslie Scalapino
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Demanding and strange, at times curiously affecting, more often simply infuriating."
The r-hu, we're told, is a Mongolian stringed instrument. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO R U REALLY? by Margo Kelly
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2014

"Kelly's first novel is a suspenseful page-turner with multiple suspects, a little bit of romance, and a strong but not overbearing message. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A naïve 14-year-old longing for a first romance believes she has found it with an online stranger. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

R IS FOR RHYME by Judy Young
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 2006

"This rich compendium would also work well in the classroom, but for an older age group than indicated by the publisher. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Twenty-six sidebar lessons on poetry, each linked to both a poem and a cheeky colorful illustration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A&R by Bill Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

Debut about the music industry by a writer who's in it and loves it, discords and all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 26, 1996

"We breathe the exhalations of the trees, and as Lembke testifies, they fuel a hundred more poetic concerns. (line drawings, not seen)"
Arboreal musings—learned, canny, homespun, graceful—from one of our better natural history writers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 1993

"Unless you're one of Simmons's clients, it's hard to imagine reading straight through all 40 cases; but just as crowds apparently turn out to greet the famous shape-changer on his visits, you can count on followers seeking inspiration from these upbeat reports."
The word from experts is that lost weight rarely stays off, but TV fitness-guru and bestselling diet-book author Simmons (Richard Simmons' Better Body Book, 1983, etc.) never gives up on those desperate souls who write to him in despair, then successfully shed pounds in his program—or so he says. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COMPANY OF CHILDREN by James Simmons
Released: April 17, 2000

"After 30 years of practice one would hope for a few more tricks."
Self-styled doyen of Irish poetry, Simmons (Mainstream, 1994) continues to experiment with a variety of verse forms: his latest book features long and short poems, several songs, and a sestina. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

R IS FOR ROCKET by Tad Hills
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though this lacks the originality and fizz of How Rocket Learned to Read (2010), it nevertheless reinforces the pup's positive literacy efforts. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Adorable Rocket the dog and his many pals (including a moonlighting Goose) return in a new story centered on the alphabet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A study intended for a general audience as well as academics; although the lay reader may find the theoretical jargon burdensome, the scenes of youngsters interacting are vivid and provocative."
Children "do" race and racism, runs the premise of this ethnographic report from two scholars—and watching how they "do" them can teach us something about teaching, learning, and racial concepts and ideals as well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CORRUPTION OF ZACHARY R. by Douglas Richardson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2009

"An artful, beguiling voyage to a place no one wants to go."
A jumpy, bare-bones plunge into the vortex of one man's madness. Read full book review >