Search Results: "John R. O'Donnell"


BOOK REVIEW

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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R-HU by Leslie Scalapino
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Demanding and strange, at times curiously affecting, more often simply infuriating."
The r-hu, we're told, is a Mongolian stringed instrument. Read full book review >

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WHO R U REALLY? by Margo Kelly
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2014

"Kelly's first novel is a suspenseful page-turner with multiple suspects, a little bit of romance, and a strong but not overbearing message. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A naïve 14-year-old longing for a first romance believes she has found it with an online stranger. Read full book review >

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R IS FOR RHYME by Judy Young
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 2006

"This rich compendium would also work well in the classroom, but for an older age group than indicated by the publisher. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Twenty-six sidebar lessons on poetry, each linked to both a poem and a cheeky colorful illustration. Read full book review >

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A&R by Bill Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

Debut about the music industry by a writer who's in it and loves it, discords and all. Read full book review >

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R U Medically Curious? by Larry Romane
NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2016

"A readable and diverting health care treatise for laypeople."
A medical primer delivers basic information on common—and a few uncommon—ailments. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

R ROBOT SAVES LUNCH by R. Nicholas Kuszyk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Alas, the interesting illustrations do not mesh with the ho-hum plot. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The rainbow-colored subjects of picture-book newcomer Kuszyk's paintings illustrate the robot world for young readers. Read full book review >

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IMPETUOUS R., SECRET AGENT by Jane Leslie Conly
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"There are too many characters and disparate plotlines for the story to cohere, but the sense of optimism gladdens the heart as the creatures great and small band together behind (and under) the scenes. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
In this convoluted tale, a colony of highly intelligent cockroaches living in a once-famous jazz club called Pop's Corner learns the club is about to be taken by the bank. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 1999

"An appropriately treasured friendship recalled in labored prose. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A stiff but loving remembrance of the First Lady from an Episcopal clergyman who became a close friend in the last decade of her life. Read full book review >

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R IS FOR ROCKET by Tad Hills
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though this lacks the originality and fizz of How Rocket Learned to Read (2010), it nevertheless reinforces the pup's positive literacy efforts. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Adorable Rocket the dog and his many pals (including a moonlighting Goose) return in a new story centered on the alphabet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A study intended for a general audience as well as academics; although the lay reader may find the theoretical jargon burdensome, the scenes of youngsters interacting are vivid and provocative."
Children "do" race and racism, runs the premise of this ethnographic report from two scholars—and watching how they "do" them can teach us something about teaching, learning, and racial concepts and ideals as well. Read full book review >