Search Results: "Jane Fitz-Randolph"


BOOK REVIEW

MUMMIES, DINOSAURS, MOON ROCKS by James Jespersen
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Like a good detective story, the book will hook even casual readers, who will be subsequently enthralled. (b&w photos, diagrams, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Subtitling their work ``How We Know How Old Things Are,'' the authors write with enthusiasm and include up-to-date information about ``many ways of finding the age of objects ranging from the relatively young—like pottery and old musical instruments—to fossils and the earth itself.'' Each method is put in the context of current and evolving scientific puzzles that will appeal to young readers: Methods include Carbon 14 dating, thermoluminescence, potassium-argon dating, dendrochronology, analysis of DNA, etc. Examples are wide ranging and intriguing, e.g., where did Columbus land that Christmas of 1492 and establish La Navidad? Read full book review >

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OUR SISTER REPUBLICS by Caitlin Fitz
NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 2016

"Historians will appreciate the wide research and the serious look at the voice of the common man and occasional woman. Fitz shows that history is not always written by wars, treaties, and administrative actions; often, the people take the lead."
An examination of the first 50 years of United States history in relation to South America. Read full book review >

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Rosa by Cherokee Randolph
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Slow-paced but perceptive."
A young girl learns important lessons about family and friendship in debut author Randolph's (What Happened to Tasha Blue?, 2013, etc.) coming-of-age novel. Read full book review >

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LEAVING THE PINK HOUSE by Ladette Randolph
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A tender memoir notable for its modest voice and delicate prose."
How the author, in making a new home, renewed her faith in family, friends and love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"Ordinary life, in Randolph's hands, is truly extraordinary."
This harrowing and engrossing account of the chaos of Russia in the '90s leaves the reader as stunned as the Russians currently struggling for their very survival. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"Although there's a certain interest to the overlong narrative's raw material, without any effort by Bates to shape it, the annals of the Phillips family are little more involving than matter-of-fact police reports."
The discontinuous history of an extended black family from New Orleans, which, for lack of authorial perspectives, amounts to little more than a dreary recital of harsh truths. Read full book review >

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WOODROW WILSON, PRESIDENT by Sallie G. Randolph
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 8, 1992

"Not for beginners at politics, but useful for anyone who wants to understand the difficulties facing those who try to live by their highest principles. (Biography. 12-18)"
A well-balanced, insightful biography of our most idealistic president, presenting his flaws as well as his important place in history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Evocative of a time and place, but events have rendered this dated."
A Spanish journalist's day-by-day account of her experiences during the summer of 2000 among Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and of her daring venture into Afghanistan to learn more. Read full book review >

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LINGER NOT AT CHEBAR by Barbara Fitz Vroman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"But it's the descriptions of Burma, the Burmese people, and Charity herself that really give the book some heft and vitality."
A less-polished A Town Like Alice that—apart from its themes of affirmation and adversity overcome in wartime—describes then- nascent Burmese nationalism, with a cameo appearance of the activist father of Aung San Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize- winner. Read full book review >

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THE MOVIES OF MY LIFE by Alberto Fuguet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2003

"An ingenious premise, developed with exemplary warmth and wit: a thoroughly captivating tale."
A clever autobiographical second US appearance from the Chilean-born author (Bad Vibes, 1997). Read full book review >