Search Results: "John Howard-Gibbon"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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MEN LIKE THAT by John Howard
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1999

"At long last an intimate and full vision of queer lives in America that did not unfold in San Francisco's discos. (22 b&w photos)"
With a scrupulous eye for detail, Howard traces the evolution of homosexual identities in Mississippi from 1945 to 1985 and, in the process, offers a perceptive look into queer lives away from America's urban centers. Read full book review >

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PARIS RED by Maureen Gibbon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2015

"Fans of art history, Paris and contemporary Künstleroman like Girl With a Pearl Earring will enjoy the new perspective and the strong female voice."
Manet's muse ponders color, power, sex and love in vibrant 1860s Paris. Read full book review >

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SWIMMING SWEET ARROW by Maureen Gibbon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2000

"A little short on resounding depth but, still, a promising debut."
Part erotic exposé, part portrait of a dead-end life, Gibbon's slim first novel maintains a striking balance between the sacred and the profane. Read full book review >

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THIEF by Maureen Gibbon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"Grim but inspiring, this is a flint-tough, plainspoken novel about a flint-tough, plainspoken woman who asks no pity and gives no quarter."
In the second novel by Gibbon (Swimming Sweet Arrow, 2000), a woman who was raped as a teenager begins a correspondence—and then rather more than a correspondence—with a convicted rapist who's in prison. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 24, 2015

"A shocking, aggressively written marine park exposé."
A former SeaWorld killer whale trainer dispenses serious allegations against the company and the industry at large. Read full book review >

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THE BEE WHO SPOKE by Al MacCuish
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"This book's likable French protagonist makes its environmentalist message go down easy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Once upon a time in the great city of Paris, near Rue Saint-Rustique in the 18th arrondissement, there lived a girl named Belle." Read full book review >

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OUTSIDE THE LINES by Brad Burg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

Children trying to navigate these cheery concrete poems would be well-advised to follow the rhymes, because the words might read back and forth to evoke a game of "Catch"; up from the bottom, down from the top, or both ("Slide"); in spirals, swoops, or even from the center out ("Tic-Tac-Toe [A Battle Plan]"). Read full book review >

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PLAYERS IN PIGTAILS by Shana Corey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

This upbeat but uneven book draws from the history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and the famous song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Read full book review >