Search Results: "Joel P. Trachtman"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 25, 2013

"An easy-to-follow guide to argument techniques and theory."
A lawyer and professor draws on his legal training to teach readers the art of argument. Read full book review >

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FACE TO FACE WITH GRIZZLIES by Joel Sartore
ANIMALS
Released: May 8, 2007

"A glossy picture essay that young nature fans will enjoy browsing. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Tracking grizzlies from Alaska to the Rocky Mountains, a frequent National Geographic photographer, in a first book for children, gives young readers a first-hand account of daily life of these huge endangered mammals. Read full book review >

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DEXTER BEXLEY AND THE BIG BLUE BEASTIE by Joel Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2007

"Fanciful fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a little boy encounters a fantastical creature, he uses his imagination to keep his new friend entertained. Read full book review >

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GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER by Joel Meyerowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"An attractive book that will be most useful as a complement to the film. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
In the manner of Violette Verdy's step-by-step retellings (Of Swans, Sugarplums, and Satin Slippers, 1991), a scrupulously detailed narration explicating what's seen in a full performance of The Nutcracker—in this case, the new film version. Read full book review >

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ADDIS BERNER BEAR FORGETS by Joel Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"Written in spare rhythmic language, the text lends itself to being read aloud; however, a close inspection of the illustrations is absolutely necessary for full understanding and enjoyment of this subtle, lovely tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Addis Berner Bear, a brown bear, arrives in a large, nameless city amidst the chaos of swirling snow, speeding cars and rushing holiday shoppers. Read full book review >

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THE FOG DIVER by Joel Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"It's a fresh approach, convincingly delivered, with overtones reminiscent of Dickens…the only thing missing is a sequel, which readers will hope won't be far behind. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Adult novelist Ross (White Flag Down, 2007, etc.) makes his middle-grade debut with a boy's desperate search to save himself and his crew from a horrible fate in a post-apocalyptic future.Read full book review >

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An All-American Family by Joel Spring
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2013

"An educational, entertaining look at how one family pursued the American dream."
Spring's (American Education, 2011, etc.) first historical novel presents an alternative, somewhat sarcastic narrative of Native American history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"By no coincidence, the text (which seems sure to outrage Pat Buchanan and his fellow xenophobes) makes a strong (albeit tacit) argument for open-door policies. (Author tour)"
A journalist's upbeat appraisal of the substantive socioeconomic contributions non-European immigrants are making throughout the US. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"A fascinating time capsule of a free-wheeling era in American music and society."
A thrilling story of a little-known songwriter and record producer of some of the greatest rhythm and blues hits. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EDGE CITY by Joel Garreau
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1991

"Still, a provocative work that brings to popular attention a major restructuring that is, as Garreau says, all around us but largely ignored by professional architects and planners."
After the suburbanization of America in the 50's, when people followed new highways out to new one-family homes, came the malling of America in the 60's and 70's and then, in the 80's, the high- rise office buildings that brought the jobs suburb-ward and added critical mass to dozens of ``urban'' clumps now bigger than many of the major old cities they surround. Read full book review >