Search Results: "Jeri Chase Ferris"


BOOK REVIEW

NOAH WEBSTER & HIS WORDS by Jeri Chase Ferris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Future wordsmiths may be IN-SPIRED [verb: stimulated] by Webster's devotion to the English language. (timeline, more about Noah Webster, bibliography, websites) (Picture book/biography.5-9)"
A charming introduction to Noah Webster, creator of "the second most popular book ever printed in English, after the Bible." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 17, 1998

"Despite these flaws, this biography will attract readers too young for John B. Severance's Thomas Jefferson (p. 1293). (b&w reproductions, maps, notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-13)"
In the Trailblazer Biography series, an entry that proceeds chronologically, through the highlights of Jefferson's life, from his boyhood in Virginia, college days, family, views on slavery, the construction of Monticello, his reluctant participation in the new government, retirement, and death, with an summary of his legacy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 14, 1994

"Notes; bibliography; index. (Biography. 9-11)"
The African-American whose career precipitated several watershed events in the civil rights movement is eloquently portrayed in a Trailblazer biography. Read full book review >

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KIZZY ANN STAMPS by Jeri Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"The vivid historical setting of this short and satisfying read will leave readers feeling they have experienced life in Kizzy Ann's world. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
With the abundance of stories about a boy and his dog, it's refreshing to see a tale of a girl and her dog. Read full book review >

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VEIL OF LIES by Jeri Westerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"This first installment in a planned series, introducing a conflicted hero and delving into the grim lives of ordinary people in medieval times, will appeal to mystery and history fans alike."
A disgraced knight earns a meager living as a private inquiry agent in 1383 London. Read full book review >

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SHADOW OF THE ALCHEMIST by Jeri Westerson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Westerson (Blood Lance, 2012, etc.) continues to provide unusual historical detail, offbeat characters and a well-integrated puzzle."
Politics and alchemy combine in a strange and dangerous case for the Tracker. Read full book review >

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BLOOD LANCE by Jeri Westerson
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Guest's fifth adventure (Troubled Bones, 2011, etc.) again provides a lively tale of historical interest smoothly combined with a worthy mystery."
Despite being disgraced and living by his wits, a former knight cannot forget his vows. Read full book review >

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MUCH ADO ABOUT GRUBSTAKE by Jean Ferris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2006

"Twenty-four carat fun. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Rustle up a feisty, independent 16-year-old-girl named Arley who runs a rundown boarding house for three oddball, panned-out gold miners; a stranger dressed in black who rides into town on a black horse; a silver-tongued city slicker who offers to pay big bucks for tapped-out mines; a handsome newspaper editor wooed, to Arley's chagrin, by prissy, pretty Lacey dressed in dimity and lace gloves; and a baker named Wing Lee, known for his Chinese medicinal teas. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"There is much joy and beauty in this passage from speculation to demonstration, and we have Ferris to thank for his superb rendering, both of the shebang and of the science that studies the shebang. (Book-of-the-Month Club split main selection; History Book Club alternate selection)"
As Virgil led Dante through the thickets and circles of the inferno, so Ferris, a science writer's science writer, guides the reader through the clouds and bubbles, the singularities and uncertainties that characterize cosmology today. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"The mind's sky indeed—but with clouds."
Ferris, who usually pokes around in outer space (Coming of Age in the Milky Way, The Red Shift, etc.), probes the inner kind as well in these amusing if far-fetched essays on the human mind, the search for extraterrestrial (and thus nonhuman) intelligence (SETI), and their intersection. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 1992

"A singular voice, detailing rare and fascinating views of the early 20th-century South."
Unique stories of travels about the rural South, livestock trading, and persons famous and obscure. Read full book review >

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THE UNNAMED by Joshua Ferris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Audacious, risky and powerfully bleak, with the author's unflinching artistry its saving grace."
A successful lawyer finds himself blindsided by a mysterious affliction in Ferris' sophomore effort, an even more ambitious and provocative novel than PEN/Hemingway Award winner Then We Came to the End (2007). Read full book review >