Search Results: "John Bruce Shoemaker"


BOOK REVIEW

BRUCE by Peter Ames Carlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"An epic look at the man and his music."
A painstakingly traced chronicle of the remarkable career of powerhouse proletarian rocker Bruce Springsteen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 1991

"A short and breezy look at horrendous experiences that seems to be haunted by the presence of a ghost-screenwriter."
The fine line between documentary and dream is almost eradicated in this ``true'' haunted-house tale set in the Deep South. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOTEL BRUCE by Ryan T. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A merry, witty celebration of chaos and grumpiness. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cantankerous bear's home is once again wrested from his control. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOTHER BRUCE by Ryan T. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Visually beautiful, clever, edgy, and very funny. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A crotchety bear unwillingly raises four goslings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY BRUCE by Bruce Jay Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A life story that consistently charms with candor and the seasoned wit of a master storyteller who's certainly been around the block."
The hilariously juicy memoir of a successful novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRUCE CHATWIN by Nicholas Shakespeare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2000

"An unflinching reconstruction of a singular writer's scorching trajectory through life: Speed makes it concise; fate makes it haunting. (Family tree, photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An ingenious, outsize myth-meets-facts "life and works" of the charismatic global citizen and compulsive tale-teller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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

THE SHOEMAKER EXTRAORDINAIRE by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"High marks for energy. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-8)"
Wildly terpsichorean collages, constructed from patterned cloth and paper cutouts decorated with bright paint and shoe-sole prints, illustrate this original tale of a clever itinerant cobbler and a nearsighted giant. Read full book review >

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THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER by Jim LaMarche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Set in an old style, very well-kept town with cobbled streets, but bicycles and electricity too, this timeless tale will leave readers suffused with the pleasure of seeing gifts received and appreciated. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
LaMarche creates a set of honey-toned illustrations that make the familiar Grimm tale less an odd encounter with the supernatural than a warm-hearted exchange of gifts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LENNY BRUCE IS DEAD by Jonathan Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2006

"Has the world gone mad? Has Josh? Or has Goldstein?"
It's helpful that the title page characterizes this debut volume by NPR and magazine writer Goldstein as "(A Novel)," for otherwise the reader might be even more perplexed by the assortment of bite-sized vignettes, observations and non-sequiturs that challenges categorization. Read full book review >

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THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER by Mara Alperin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"With whimsical paintings, some racial diversity, and a cat and mouse playfully adding to the visual fun, this retelling is worth considering. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-6)"
The Grimm tale is updated with pastel shades and a terpsichorean spin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHOEMAKER AND THE ELVES by Ilse Plume
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An attractive setting for an old favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Plume (The Bremen-Town Musicians, 1980 Caldecott Honor) sets another of Grimm's tales in Renaissance Italy, expanding it with names and a bit of conversation and providing decorative illustrations with appealing, bright colors, sprightly elves, and Tomasina, a cat, who almost steals the show. Read full book review >