Search Results: "John Matthews"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The illustrations include elegant decorations and borders in a mannered, attenuated style. (sources) (Folklore. 6-10)"
This mild collection is even-tempered in the tellings despite the various spooks of the title. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN EXISTENTIALISM AND MARXISM by John Matthews
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 1975

"Here he deals with the 'quest for purification,' the creative man's eternal task, makes concrete ideas which elsewhere are abstract, and in the celebration of Mallarme, in particular, writes with such power that he produces a sort of prose poem."
Sartre, like Camus, has always been concerned with salvation. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF ARTHUR by John Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Well translated into fluid (not pedestrian) modern English: nice variations on a familiar theme."
A kind of Arthurian apocrypha, as medieval folklorist and scholar Matthews (The Bardic Sourcebook, not reviewed) collects more than two dozen "forgotten tales" of King Arthur and his knights. Read full book review >

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HENRY HUNTER AND THE CURSED PIRATES by John Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"There's nothing exceptional here, but the otherworldly elements and headlong pacing will sweep readers along. (Fantasy/mystery. 10-12)"
In a second brush with the supernatural (following Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov, 2016), brainy young sleuth Henry and his faithful chronicler, Adolphus, are kidnapped by undead pirates. Yo ho ho! Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Diverse in scope and rich in presentation. (introduction) (Folklore/anthology. 10+)"
Packed with humor and wisdom, this choice collection showcases the timeless, cross-cultural fascination with that most wily and wise character, the trickster. Read full book review >

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This Is Where It Gets Interesting by John H. Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2014

"An eccentric collection of fantastical, funny and puzzling tales."
Matthews' marvelously entertaining debut short story collection is equal parts hysterically zany and forebodingly dark. Read full book review >

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DIFFERENT LIKE COCO by Elizabeth Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The endpapers are covered with quotations from Chanel: 'Luxury must be comfortable; otherwise it is not luxury.' (timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
With an economy of storyline and a strong sense of style, Matthews distills the contradictory life of Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel into a neat and fashionable package. Read full book review >

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JOHN RILEY’S DAUGHTER by Kezi Matthews
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2000

"Matthews's strength is that she creates no villains, but sees all her characters, even the most deeply flawed, with a compassionate eye. (Fiction. 12-14)"
It's 1973, and Memphis Riley, who's just turned 13, has had an explosive fight with her aunt Clover, a 29-year-old woman whom a childhood bout with meningitis left "broken inside her head." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Valuable reporting on a profoundly important question."
Peace in the Middle East is one of the world's great desiderata, and the Bush administration professes to want it. Why, then, asks former Baltimore Sun correspondent Matthews, is the prospect for peace so dim? Read full book review >

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ACE OF SPADES by David Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Moments of exuberant power, but Matthews too often stumbles over his own sentences."
Debut memoir relates the author's struggles with a mixed-race identity, his family's battles with poverty and his search for a profoundly schizophrenic mother who disappeared during his infancy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2011

"Eat your heart out, James Bond."
A rapid-fire biography about the improbable life of humanitarian Stefan Templeton, a "bad guy gone good because he'd never really been that good at being bad." Read full book review >

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The Conveyance by Brian Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2016

"An unsettling tale that downplays its sci-fi elements to great effect."
In Matthews' (Revelation, 2015, etc.) sci-fi-tinged thriller, a string of bizarre events leads a psychologist to an alarming secret that he may not live long enough to expose.Read full book review >