Search Results: "John Herman"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LIGHT OF COMMON DAY by John Herman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 1997

"Even working against the pitfalls of a wildly overused genre, he's able to bring in light, color, feeling, and life."
Second-novelist Herman (The Weight of Love, 1995) chooses a genre—adolescent coming of age—that as book editor he must have seen in an excess beyond measure. Read full book review >

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DEEP WATERS by John Herman
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"An ever-tightening thread of tension that accompanies Andy's growing discomfort will keep readers glued to the page. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When Andy, 13, arrives at Camp Winasaukee, he loves everything about it—the fresh canvas smell of the tents, the dew on the grass, and the sight of Johnny March practicing his dives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WEIGHT OF LOVE by John Herman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Ambitious, romantic—and disappointingly meager. (Author tour)"
From Herman, ex-Editorial Director of Ticknor & Fields: a first novel about love in midlife that aims for a passionate and philosophic height but lacks a hero to keep it there. Read full book review >

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LABYRINTH by John Herman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2001

"Part problem novel, part fantasy, this needed more space to expand on its settings and themes, and solidify its interesting structure. (Fiction. 12+)"
Two parallel stories take place side-by-side in this ambitious novel, but neither is fully realized. Read full book review >

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ONE WINTER’S NIGHT by John Herman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An old story, in an unusual setting. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this poetic Christmas Eve tale, Martha, a young cow about to give birth, seeks shelter, just as Joseph leads Mary, who's in the same condition, on the same quest. 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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BOOK REVIEW

LEGACY OF KINGS by Eleanor Herman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"Both thoroughly researched and absolutely modern, this harkens back to the slightly soapy but still reasonably intelligent mass-market historicals of an earlier era, updated just right for today's audience. (author's note, author Q-and-A, discussion questions) (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
Herman, best known for nonfiction about what royalty get up to in (and out of) the bedroom (Sex with Kings, 2004, etc.), changes direction to enter the teen-crossover field with straight-up historical fantasy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SUMMER ON THIRTEENTH STREET by Charlotte Herman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The book is neither as deep nor as poignant as Holtze's Summer Endings (p. 394) nor as dramatic as Hahn's Stepping on the Cracks (above); still, it's a good, undemanding neighborhood story about the same period, for slightly younger readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
During the Chicago summer of 1944, 11-year-old Shirley Cohen enjoys her friendship with Morton, with whom she starts a victory garden; shares malteds from the drugstore, where nice young Manny Zelznick helps his dad; waits for her adopted stray to have kittens; and speculates that the janitor, Otto, may be a spy. Read full book review >

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IRON GATE by Richard Herman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 22, 1996

"Vivid, violent scenes of aerial combat and plausible maneuvering behind the lines where geopolitical fates are determined: a notably exciting account of a low-intensity conflict that's uncomfortably credible on its own merits."
Bird-colonel Matt Pontowski (Dark Wing, 1994, etc.) takes his US Air Force Wing on a peacekeeping mission to South Africa, where aggressive white separatists may have made a go of cold fusion (giving them a nuclear capability): Herman's latest entry in a first-rate series of military/political thrillers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY BOY by Herman Wouk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1948

"Nice going- with no profound social significance or jibes at modern mores."
Divorcing himself from the artificialty and effort of Aurora Dawn (1947) this is a tragi-comedy of youngsters, understandingly, amusingly, entertainingly presented, with enough bite in the interpolations of the adult world against which they carry on incessant warfare, to keep it from a too humorous approach. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2008

"A well-wrought historical narrative that adds significantly to our understanding of both figures."
Veteran historian Herman (To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World, 2004, etc.) offers an ambitious, reasoned joint biography of two great men. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 1996

"A model Hollywood biography: cogent, to the point, candid, briskly written, and never dull."
This first book by Los Angeles Times correspondent Herman is an exhaustively complete biography of Wyler, director of such acclaimed films as Ben-Hur, The Best Years of Our Lives, Wuthering Heights, Jezebel, and The Letter. Read full book review >