Search Results: "Jan West Schrock"


BOOK REVIEW

GIVE A GOAT by Jan West Schrock
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2008

"Although some spreads are text-heavy, it's a great choice for classrooms interested in learning about philanthropy, or for any group of children who needs reassurance that yes, they can make a difference. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Schrock, a former teacher and now a senior advisor to Heifer International, piggybacks on Page McBrier's Beatrice's Goat (2001) and imagines what some ordinary fifth graders might do when they hear it. Mrs. Rowell has no way of knowing that her rainy-day read-aloud would cause such a stir. Read full book review >

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NURSE JAN by Ann Jasper
Released: Jan. 4, 2013

"A predictable story that's enjoyable enough for readers interested in medicine."
A fictionalized account of the author's experiences in nursing school during the 1950s. Read full book review >

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WEST by Lizzy Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"Confusing sci-fi elements within an unconvincing romance."
Josie finds herself embroiled in a time-travel mystery in Ford's (Black Moon Draw, 2014, etc.) latest series. Read full book review >

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JAN ORMEROD'S TO BABY WITH LOVE by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A feast of bright yet subtle color and bold design, just right for introducing the youngest to some familiar animals while tickling their ears with contagious rhymes and their minds with a few simple concepts. (Picture book. 1-5)"
An artist known especially for her exquisite draughtsmanship visualizes five familiar nursery pieces in vibrant paint set off by brilliant white. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 20, 2009

"In the library of Californiana, worthy of a place alongside the works of Bill Barich, Carey McWilliams and even Joan Didion."
A lucid, warts-and-all portrait of California by a native son. Read full book review >

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NATHANAEL WEST by Nathanael West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"This Library of America volume, reprinting the novels along with screenplays, short stories, essays, and some wonderfully pungent letters, demonstrates that not much has changed: West is still a satirist with few peers and no betters, and a writer of bleak, haunting power."
``Forget the epic, the masterwork,'' Nathanael West said. ``In America. . . families have no history. Read full book review >

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THE CORNEL WEST READER by Cornel West
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Skip the introduction and read the rest."
An invaluable introduction to the writings of one our most prominent—and prolific—public intellectuals. Read full book review >

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AND WEST IS WEST by Ron Childress
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Socially engaged but otherwise unengaging."
Award-winning novel from a first-time author. Read full book review >

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WEST BY WEST by Jerry West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 2011

"In a genre notorious for merely waving pompoms, West offers an unusually candid account of his personal and professional life."
From the player so iconic his silhouette forms the NBA logo, a memoir intended to explain himself to fans and to...himself. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Well-informed but scattered and ultimately dispensable."
A former BBC contributor's history-cum-travelogue of the American West. Read full book review >

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WANDERING WEST by Gary C. Stalcup
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2013

"An ambitious, sincere novel that weighs the meaning of family and success."
In Stalcup's debut novel, an aging, disgraced New York trader starts over as a ranch owner in rural Texas. Read full book review >

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REBECCA WEST by Carl Rollyson
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"All of the juice has been squeezed out of the details of a long, rich, unique life. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Rollyson (The Lives of Norman Mailer, 1991, etc.) piles on the details but never gets to the novelist, critic, and essayist known as Dame Rebecca West, born Cecily Fairfield (she borrowed her pen name from an Ibsen character). Read full book review >