Search Results: "John Keane"


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TOM PAINE by John Keane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 1995

"Nothing really new here (despite occasional sniping at minor errors by previous Paine biographers) but a solid, well-written portrait that reiterates Paine's ongoing importance in contemporary discussions of democracy's potential and perils."
An aptly subtitled biography of the trailblazing political polemicist: This detailed account finds virtually no trace of a personal life. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND DEATH OF DEMOCRACY by John Keane
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 17, 2009

"A significant work, though an abridgement could help spread the word."
A distinguished political scientist takes a broad view of democracy, speculating on both the lineage and the prospects of a cherished doctrine. Read full book review >

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THE BODHRAN MAKERS by John B. Keane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1992

"A thorough, pained, loving account of a lost world—with the novel itself an act of cultural survival."
Poverty and the Church-led attack on Celtic traditions force 1950's Irish farmers into exile—in a rich, poignant if occasionally heavy-handed novel (first published in 1986 in Ireland) from Keane, who writes a column for the New York-based Irish Echo. Read full book review >

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WHO WANTS A TORTOISE? by Dave Keane
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 19, 2016

"A sweet read-aloud for first-time tortoise owners. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A nameless, pigtailed, sassy child in a pink gossamer skirt wants only one birthday present: a puppy; in the box, however, is not a puppy but a tortoise. Read full book review >

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A FAIRY FRIEND by Sue Fliess
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"Enchanting stuff for lovers of fairies. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl and her dog follow a series of recommended procedures from a book about fairies in order to find a fairy companion for the girl. Read full book review >

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LOVE IS by Diane Adams
by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A pretty, hardcover greeting card. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A cute-as-a-button moppet adopts, raises, and loves a lost little duckling. Read full book review >

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I SHIT YOU NOT by D A Keane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"An overlong and poorly written tale of an amiable protagonist and a plausible portrayal of domestic violence."
In Keane's debut, a battered woman is tormented by a violent ex-lover. Read full book review >

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MONSTER SCHOOL by Dave Keane
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Not just for the first day of school; this is sure to appeal year-round. (Early reader. 5-8)"
With its wide variety of monsters, mild creep and gross factors, and potential to allay some fears about fitting in, this is sure to find a wide audience among beginning readers. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A CLOUD by Claire Keane
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Guaranteed to appeal to fans of Frozen and other princess tales. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Celeste ponders the perfect gift for her mother all day until bedtime, when "the Wind bl[ows] in and carrie[s] her away." Read full book review >

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AN IRISH CHRISTMAS by John B. Keane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"He's a man full of love, whatever the season."
Irish author Keane turns his eye from the painful, pathologically blighted lives and worldly and spiritual poverty in villages he described in The Bodhran Makers (1992) and The Ram of God (1996) to far more friendly tales about life in rural Ireland. Read full book review >