Search Results: "John Howard-Gibbon"


BOOK REVIEW

A PRIVATE LIFE by Ran Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"An intriguing exploration of the contemporary consciousness of an alienated, urban Chinese woman for whom current history matters less than the reliable comforts of love, nature, and solitude."
The inner life of a highly passive heroine, as seen against the turbulence of her country's recent past—in a first English translation from an acclaimed Chinese writer. Read full book review >

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FEATHERED SERPENT by Xu Xiaobin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"Lyrical, sometimes difficult, and engaging—an allusive, sidelong view of Chinese history by a writer who has seen many of its darker moments."
A family epic—originally published in China in 1998—that winds its way across generations of Chinese history, not always coherently. Read full book review >

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HOWARD ZINN by Martin Duberman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Recommended for readers already smitten with Zinn."
A star-struck biography of the prominent historian and activist. Read full book review >

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HOWARD HUGHES by Charles Higham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1993

"Undeniably a hypnotic portrait of a great American monster."
An outing of the billionaire closet bisexual by Higham, whose bios include lives of Cary Grant, Brando, Orson Welles, the Duchess of Windsor, and L.B. Mayer, among others. Read full book review >

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HOWARD HAWKS by Todd McCarthy
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"It portrays in wide-screen format a life until now presented only in sketches. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
A pleasingly thorough, if not critically groundbreaking, retrospective of the works and life of Hollywood's most versatile (and, to some cineasts, best) director. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"The definitive word on a loved, loathed, maddeningly complex broadcasting legend."
You could make a case that Howard Cosell (1918-1995) was the single most important sports broadcaster ever. You would be right. Read full book review >

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HOWARD THURMAN’S GREAT HOPE by Kai Jackson Issa
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The author ends with Thurman's college graduation and never discusses his significance as a strong advocate of nonviolence—but readers may be tempted by the text's very spareness to seek out more information about him and his legacy. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Though rigidly purposeful, this important profile introduces young readers to a Civil Rights Movement figure who should be better known. 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 >

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HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. by Casey Lyall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Likely to see sequels; Howard and Ivy deserve them. (Mystery. 8-11)"
Grantleyville Middle School lowlifes beware: shamus Howard Wallace is on the case! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I WAS HOWARD HUGHES by Steven Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2003

"A darkly diverting, slightly cautionary tale about a barmy billionaire and his batty biographer."
First-novelist Carter hits the scene with a madly inventive mock bio. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT SPRUCE by John Duvall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A pleasant holiday story with a subtle hint to protect living trees instead of cutting them down. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy named Alec saves his family's huge spruce tree from being cut down as a Christmas tree. Read full book review >

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HOWARD AND GRACIE'S LUNCHEONETTE by Steven Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"A slight if affectionate effort, but a strong picture-book debut for Sours. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Blow by blow, an admiring account of a busy day feeding an urban neighborhood. Read full book review >