Search Results: "John Dickie"


BOOK REVIEW

BLOOD BROTHERHOODS by John Dickie
NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 2014

"These 'men of honor' and 'lads with attitude' created their own myths. Until Dickie's revelatory book, most believed them."
Call them Camorra, 'Ndrangheta or Mafia: All of these "honored societies" emerged from the dirty politics of Italian unification. Dickie's (Italian Studies/Univ. College, London; Delizia! The Epic History of Italians and Their Food, 2007, etc.) absorbing history of the Italian mob makes The Godfather look like a fairy tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"A bit of personality and humor interjected into this pastoral lesson might have been the seasoning the author needed to garner more crossover appeal."
A rich, robust epicurean feast for those who enjoy history as a main course. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A Window to the Soul by William Dickie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2015

"An oilman explains the world in rhyme with surprising, often quite pleasing, results."
A veteran of the energy industry tries his hand at poetry in this debut collection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I CALLED HIM NECKTIE by Milena Michiko Flašar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"The quiet reflection of this jewel of a novel is revelatory, redemptive and hypnotic until the last word."
Two strangers, 20-year-old Taguchi Hiro and middle-aged "salaryman" Ohara Tetsu, emerge from clouds of grief and shame in this meditative novel. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PICNIC by John Burningham
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"A very good 'good night.' (Picture book. 2-5)"
A picture-book master presents an engaging feast of a bedtime book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WAY TO THE ZOO by John Burningham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"As in so many of his other books, Burningham's appeal lies in his ability to invent a fantasy scenario available only to young children, accomplishing it again here with consummate grace.(Picture book. 2-5)"
What could be more exciting than discovering a hidden door in your bedroom that opens to a secret passageway to the zoo? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KATIE AND THE PUPPY NEXT DOOR by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Katie and Ruby and their kitty friends enjoy themselves; young readers will enjoy them too. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A jaunty hound learns to share and play nicely with her next-door-neighbor dog in this sequel to Katie Loves the Kittens (2008). Read full book review >

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PIRATES DON'T TAKE BATHS by John Segal
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Not particularly persuasive, but this might coax a few young porkers to get their trotters into the tub. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Echoes of Runaway Bunny color this exchange between a bath-averse piglet and his patient mother. Read full book review >

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KATIE LOVES THE KITTENS by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A spunky pup caught in a lethargic tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The traditional animosity between cats and dogs gets turned on its head in this story of a cat-loving dog named Katie. Read full book review >