Search Results: "Jim Yardley"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"An expert journalist compresses the culture class of nations into one palatable sports season."
A unique, engaging way to view the Americanization of China: through the introduction of an NBA coach to a professional Chinese basketball team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1989

Leisurely paced and earnestly revealing, this proper, well-proportioned book memorializes the Yardleys, the author's own family, re-creating the family history by drawing on personal memory and the extensive contents of a file his parents kept for 50 years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 28, 1997

"Misfit adds a dark, factual foundation to Exley's one lasting book. (photos, not seen)"
The rise and fall of a one-book wonder, told by the Pulitzer Prizewinning Washington Post literary critic. Read full book review >

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PAINTING RUBY TUESDAY by Jane Yardley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A rather trivial tale—and probably too British to interest many American readers."
British headmaster's daughter stumbles upon a murder. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1993

"Yardley is a bit too fond of playing the curmudgeon and of repeating favorite lines—such as his having spent half his life on certain stretches of I-95 in Delaware—but there's much fine writing here, and some surprises as well."
As much personal narrative as travelogue, Yardley's exploration of his native ground has many of the pleasures of Our Kind of People, his 1989 re-creation of his family history: a leisurely and formal prose style, an eye for telling detail, and a strong sense of how the past lurks beneath the surface of the present. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELI’S NIGHT-LIGHT by Liz Rosenberg
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2001

"Eli's independent investigation empowers him to sleep fearlessly, knowing he is able to find light whenever his world needs it—a powerful method of defusing the fear of the dark felt by many children. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rosenberg (Roots and Flowers, p. 421, etc.) and Yardley (Edna, 2000, etc.) present what happens when young Eli's night-light burns out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BRACELET by Yoshiko Uchida
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"The carefully researched watercolors, with their irregular edges, are like old pictures ripped from an album. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Emi, a young Japanese-American whose family leaves Berkeley to be interned at the beginning of WW II, receives a bracelet as a parting gift from her best friend, but it's lost on the first day at the camp. 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

THE MARKET BOWL by Jim Averbeck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Although the text lacks the heft of traditional folklore, the author/illustrator draws on his Peace Corps background to cook up a cautionary, but tasty look at life in Cameroon. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Yoyo's mother says that no fair price for bitterleaf stew can be refused; to do so risks angering Brother Coin, the Great Spirit of the Market. Read full book review >

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GOBBLE IT UP! by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A CD with Arnosky playing the guitar and singing his song is part of the package. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
"You'd gobble them up and they'd taste good" is the repeated line in this jaunty song about animal feeding that invites young children into the natural world. Read full book review >

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SLOW DOWN FOR MANATEES by Jim Arnosky
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Though fiction, the story was inspired by an actual event, and the author's customary attention to environmental detail makes it an excellent companion to his All About Manatees (2007) and A Manatee Morning (2000). (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pregnant Florida manatee, accidentally injured by a passing motorboat, is rescued and rehabilitated in a tank on land, where she gives birth before both are released back into their canal home. Read full book review >

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UP by Jim LaMarche
by Jim LaMarche, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"LaMarche's lovely warm illustrations, in acrylic washes and colored pencil, match his gentle fantasy. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A boy discovers that he has telekinetic powers. Read full book review >