Search Results: "Jay Mathews"


BOOK REVIEW

JAY by Jay Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"An account that rushes too quickly from one memory to the next without allowing a scene's potential to develop fully."
A debut memoir focuses on a rural childhood and adventurous self-discovery. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Fact-filled and engaging, a trenchant study, indispensable to the policy-makers for America's top 230 high schools (as ranked in the book's useful index). (Author tour)"
A probing examination of the strengths and weaknesses—but mostly the weaknesses—of our nation's top-rated and best-funded public high schools. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 2009

"A grand example of humanitarianism in the classroom: Naysayers who believe there's no hope for America's inner-city schools haven't met Feinberg and Levin."
Washington Post education writer Mathews (Supertest, 2005, etc.) follows two dynamic teachers as they develop an effective school system tailor-made for "children stuck at the bottom of our public education system." Read full book review >

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A MOTHER'S TOUCH by Jay Mathews
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 1992

"There will be other Tiffany Callos, he predicts, pleading convincingly for more humane, compassionate, and imaginative treatment of them."
Mathews, who in Escalante (1988) wrote about the superteacher who inspired his L.A. barrio students, now profiles another crusader against all odds: Tiffany Callo, a cerebral-palsied mother who fought the State of California for custody of her two sons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE JAY GIRL by Sylvia Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"An appealing window into a long-ago world. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Because her friends' parents think her dangerous, nine-year-old Blue Jay Girl tries to change her nature to that of a careful quail, but the tribal healer and her husband help her adopt careful ways without sacrificing her boldness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Now, writing with Miller, he shares the secrets of his inspirations and creations. (Abrams; $35.00; Oct.; 160 pages; ISBN 0-8109-3579-1; color and b&w photos)"
If you're just a little bored with Tiffany's (a girl can use only so many tasteful diamonds, after all), here's a change: Kenneth Jay Lane: Faking It, the fabulous faker's tribute to himself and his 30-years-plus as a creator of wildly imaginative costume jewelry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JABBER THE STELLER'S JAY by Sylvester Allred
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A well-intentioned effort that fails to take flight. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
The first year in the life of a Steller's jay is recounted, with a focus on the Southwest ponderosa pine forest and other animals that live there. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MATHEWS MEN by William Geroux
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A deep, compassionate group biography of these 'unsung heroes' of the Merchant Marines."
An intricate look at the outsized role of a group of Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, families in the dangerous work of the Merchant Marines during World War II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALAN JAY LERNER by Edward Jablonski
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"However, he relies on the standard literature in retelling Lerner's life, barely moving beyond a handful of well-known sources for further insights. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
Serviceable biography of a noted Broadway and film lyricist/librettist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EDUMACATION OF JAY BAKER by Jay Clark
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"Restraint would have been the better part of valor here. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A sardonic teen must balance life, love and irritable bowel syndrome in this strained middle-class comedy of manners. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 26, 1995

"A welcome, hefty collection of an American original's finest writing."
From veteran Friedman—prolific short-fiction writer and novelist (Let's Hear It for a Beautiful Guy, The Current Climate, etc.), as well as playwright and screenwriter—comes this collection of 40-plus disparate and darkly humorous tales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAY VERSUS THE SAXOPHONE OF DOOM by Kara Kootstra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Orr's afterword has the final words—on passion, struggle, respect—qualities Kootstra has spun into her story with understated dexterity. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Kootstra manages to breed a saxophone to a hockey stick and produce one sweet boy. Read full book review >