Search Results: "John James"


BOOK REVIEW

LIFE IN A NUTSHELL by John James Figliomeni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2013

"A scattered, unfocused story that may or may not be true."
Figliomeni's debut novelhas shades of memoir, political commentary and transcribed stand-up comedy routines. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON by John James Audubon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

As recently as a hundred years ago, in a more assured age than this, the enduring importance of a literary career could be measured by whether an edition of an author's collected works was issued. Bound in calfskin for the wealthy bibliophile, in a more modest cloth of some subdued hue for the less well-to-do, these sets made several statements about an age. They suggested that readers could most appreciate writers by knowing the entirety of their work and not simply one or two particularly flashy efforts. And those ranks of volumes, filling the shelves of home libraries, further showed that it was possible for individuals to possess much of the best work by the best minds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 1991

"Slick pop-psychology for those interested in easy-to-digest self-help books."
Psychotherapist James (co-author, A New Self, 1977, etc.) and her son and fellow therapist expand on transactional analysis to build their own theory of psychology and the human spirit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHAKESPEARE'S THEATER by Jacqueline Morley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 1994

"A sturdy addition to the Inside Story series. (Index; glossary; chronology) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A thumbnail history of the English theater, from its ancient and medieval predecessors to its suppression by the Puritans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MEDIEVAL CATHEDRAL by Fiona Macdonald
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Cathedral Facts and Building Styles'' are appended; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The author of A Medieval Castle, also in the ``Inside Story'' series, presents the ingenious, devoted, and indefatigable builders who perfected the medieval cathedral as a stone prayer to God and a place of community pride. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"List of secondary sources. (Autobiography. 10-14)"
Explaining that ``Our selections, with minor editing, come from Maria Audubon (1986), Audubon and His Journals,'' the Roops choose passages that outline Audubon's life, work, and thought, effectively evoking a man for whom painting birds was ``almost a mania,'' who ``would even give up doing a head, the profits of which would have supplied our wants for a week, to represent a citizen of the feathered tribe,'' and who wondered prophetically about imminent effects of ``the surplus population of Europe coming to assist in the destruction of the forest.'' The book is attractively furnished with excellent reproductions (titled but not dated); Farley's rather stolid paintings suffer by comparison, ironically underlining Audubon's skill. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST FACTS ABOUT THE ANCIENT ROMANS by Fiona Macdonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Macdonald (A Samurai Castle, 1995, etc.) offers much to intrigue readers, but they will have to work harder to extract the facts than they would in other, better designed books on the subject. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
In the First Facts series, a look at life in ancient Rome, presented in double-page spreads, each of which is centered on one fact, such as ``Rich Romans Ate Flamingos and Peacocks'' and ``Many Roman Soldiers Couldn't Speak Latin.'' Each spread contains a few paragraphs of information, numerous small captioned pictures, and a box of additional facts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SAMURAI CASTLE by Fiona Macdonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

"Overall, this is too bland and general to have more than passing appeal. (appendix, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In the Inside Story series, a sedate view of traditional samurai culture, with slight emphasis on the great castles built in Japan during the 16th and 17th centuries. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

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 ...


Read the full post >

BOOK REVIEW

How to Love Myself and Others by James John
Released: March 4, 2015

"A sweet, approachable instructional manual for teaching kids how to love themselves and others."
This debut children's book from James and his kids explains the importance of kindness to others—and yourself. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


Read the full post >