Search Results: "Jim Dent"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"A superb work that paints the resilient athlete as a fierce competitor and an unforgettable sportsman."
Heartfelt biography of a Texas football star whose life was cut short by cancer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Third, they'd throw me out of Texas.' (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Legendary college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant comes alive in this rollicking story of his time at Texas A&M during the mid-1950s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 2001

"Like eavesdropping on the team bus, sports enthusiasts will enjoy reliving a time when college football was top national news. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A rousing look at the colorful coach and players who achieved an amazing 47-game winning streak for the Oklahoma Sooners. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KIDS GOT IT RIGHT by Jim Dent
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"A passionate, well-reported history of the role Texas football played in America's racial integration."
Consummate sports chronicler Dent (Courage Behind the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story, 2012, etc.) examines a transformative football event in Texas that blurred racial boundaries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"Unfocused and repetitive, though the Mites' story is inspiring."
The latest work from Dent (Monster of the Midway, 2003, etc.) describes the rise of a group of orphans who defied the odds to become a power in Texas high-school football. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LBD: IT’S A GIRL THING by Grace Dent
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A Rennison imitation, or in LBD terms, not quite as big a 'fat sack of flatulent poo-flavored mess' as it starts out to be. (Fiction. YA)"
Stymied from attending the Astlebury Music Festival by their parents, three British girls in Year 9—they call themselves Les Bambinos Dangereuses—decide to have their own. Read full book review >

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JIM SHEPARD
by Vincent Scarpa

“I’m trying to put less food on my kids’ tables,” Jim Shepard jokes. This, in reference to the years he spent researching the Minoan eruption of Thera—a catastrophic volcanic event in mid-second millennium B.C.E.—with the intent to write something fairly substantial about it and ending up instead with “Cretan Love Song,” a story that, at ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ALEX WEBSTER AND THE GODS by David Dent
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 28, 2007

"A clever effort, but far from divine."
An inventive but slightly tone-deaf novel about the Roman pantheon's attempt to return to power in modern America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A book to savor. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen; 1 map) (Author tour)"
Dent (former executive director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation) not only recounts his 1991 trip across the South, he illuminates the odyssey of the black soul across the second half of the 20th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LBD by Grace Dent
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2005

"Cotton-candy fun. (Fiction. YA)"
Following up her first offering about "Les Bambinos Dangereuses," Dent gives readers the same ultra-hip slangy rollicking ride through the leisure world of three—far from average—British teen girls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNFINISHED STORIES OF GIRLS by Catherine Zobal Dent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"Keenly observed and lyrical, an evocative collection with emotional heft."
Dent's (English/Susquehanna Univ.) debut story collection explores the lives of a handful of characters living along Maryland's Eastern Shore. Read full book review >

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THE PEOPLE OF THE BROKEN NECK by Silas Dent Zobal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A powerful, moving allegory that reflects how post-9/11 missteps scarred the American soul."
In his debut novel, Zobal (The Inconvenience of the Wings, 2015) casts an empathetic eye on the unraveling of a good man, soul-damaged by war, who attempts to reclaim his home and family. Read full book review >