Search Results: "John B. Severance"


BOOK REVIEW

SLOOP JOHN B by Alan Jardine
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"A CD of Jardine singing this version is included, but it's as boring as the rest of this package. (Picture book. 4-7)"
There have been a number of quite nifty picture books made of pop or folk songs, but this is not one of them. Read full book review >

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SKYSCRAPERS by John B. Severance
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2000

"Black-and-white exterior images of buildings do not do it. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
This informative history of modern skyscrapers may not attract many young readers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

A thorough and sympathetic biography; Severance (Gandhi, 1997, etc.) focuses on the early education of Thomas Jefferson, especially on his sister Jane's encouragement of his interest in music and books. Read full book review >

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GANDHI by John B. Severance
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1997

"An inspirational life by any measure, movingly told. (b&w photos, map, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10+)"
Severance (Winston Churchill, 1996) not only relates the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi in this biography, but eloquently conveys the ``Great Soul's'' philosophy to a new generation. Read full book review >

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BRAVING THE FIRE by John B. Severance
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"Still, a carefully told story about this period of time is always welcome and it is to be hoped that Jem's story will be continued. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When he is 15 or 16, Jem Bridwell marches off to the Civil War in search of "the glory" he believes battle brings to warriors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 23, 1999

"Severance sets forth Einstein's contradictions as a man, but readers will appreciate this thinker's role in constructing the framework of modern physics and extending science's information on the universe. (b&w photos, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
This is a thoughtful and well-written biography of Einstein, a complicated man whose life and work Severance (Thomas Jefferson, 1998, etc.) chronicles clearly and firmly. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 18, 1996

"A crisp, open design features well-chosen, effectively placed black-and-white photographs that make this very readable work even more accessible. (bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
An extraordinary biography of a fascinating, larger-than-life man; Severance's first book is a carefully organized, inclusive, balanced, and affectionate portrait of a man whose public life stretched over half a century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEVERANCE by Robert Olen Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Extremely well-executed (so to speak), but it still seems more like a stunt than an artistically necessary stratagem."
Decapitated heads give us their final thoughts in 62 very short stories from Pulitzer Prize-winner Butler (Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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B by Jonathan Baumbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Amusing but short of hilarity: too few pages, though immensely detailed, build and release."
"I'm angry at you because you don't know why I'm angry at you, she said. I'm not really angry, I'm disappointed . . . Invisible flames emanated from her on all sides." Read full book review >

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B by D.L. Luke
Released: March 15, 2016

"A scrappy feline protagonist enriches this seasonal story of seeking a home."
Luke explores the well-known pairing of black cats and Halloween in this debut children's tale. Read full book review >

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JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Mister B by A. Lynn Byk
Released: March 31, 2016

"A diary-style retelling of one year in a unique family's life that provides insightful, entertaining anecdotes."
A debut author documents a year spent in her eccentric, brainiac father-in-law's house. Read full book review >