Search Results: "John S. Medley"


BOOK REVIEW

Journey of Perseverance and Accomplishments by John S. Medley
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2014

"An instructive, if sometimes dry, guide to effective, principled leadership in the battlefield and the boardroom."
The career of an Army sergeant major-turned-Ph.D. offers lessons for aspiring leaders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREAT DAYS OF A COUNTRY HOUSE by John S. Goodall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 31, 1992

"For imaginative readers, Anglophiles, and travelers. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5+)"
The popular illustrator of The Story of an English Village (1979), etc., expands into larger format, without his signature half pages but large enough to accommodate explanatory captions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 26, 2011

"A riveting account of the terrible fear of being unable to communicate following a stroke and of the gradual return of verbal expressivity."
Combining a self-help book for stroke victims with a memoir of a life permanently changed by the illness, Green offers a testimony to the efficacy of will and social networking in largely overcoming the loss of coherent speech. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 5, 2011

"Successfully mixes heavy-handed lessons on consumer awareness with tween-approved toilet jokes and just a smidge of romance."
In this middle-grade fantasy novel, an 11-year-old boy descends into a consumerist hell to save his parents, himself and the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2000

"An exceedingly minor travelogue, albeit with plenty of good moments."
An undistinguished memoir of expatriate life in the south of France. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS by John S. Tarlton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A fine, funny potboiler, with only an unlikely twist at the end to give the reader pause."
Drawing on his own experience as an oil-company lease negotiator, Tarlton (A Window Facing West, 1999) spins a smooth and quirky comic Southern story of a working woman fighting off demons past and present to find her own sweet peace of mind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I KNOW A SHY FELLOW WHO SWALLOWED A CELLO by Barbara S. Garriel
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"The dynamic line of the illustrations, full of swoops and squiggles, provides excellent accompaniment to this silly reworking of a familiar rhyme. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Surreal illustrations add disturbing and enjoyable vigor to this adaptation of "I Know an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHICH WAY IS MY HOME? by John G. Pedicini
Released: Feb. 13, 2012

"A quirky little picture book, which could be seen as a metaphor for those who lose their way and, after various trials and tribulations in a dangerous world, find themselves in safe surroundings again."
In Pedicini's debut picture book, a slow-witted sea gull loses his home when an iceberg melts; abandoned by his family, the gull heads off into the unknown to find a new resting place. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK by John S. Hutton
by John S. Hutton, illustrated by Andrea Kang
Released: June 18, 2012

"Gentle, joyful encouragement for young readers and pre-readers to discover the rewards of a good book."
Hutton's charming little board book, the newest in a series, encourages young children to explore the pleasures of real books with real pages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 11, 2009

"A wonderful, honest compilation of personal experiences for those who may need companionship during their fight with addiction."
The author presents a frank collection of daily readings to serve as a companion guide to 12-step recovery programs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CASTLE WAITING by Linda Medley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2006

"A sweetly appealing tale that's ambitious beyond its means."
Looping fairytale that begins and ends in the same sprawling castle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRIETTA AND THE GOLDEN EGGS by Hanna Johansen
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Better for one-on-one reading to give the pictures (and chickens) their due. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Henrietta is one of 3,333 chickens crowded together in a chicken house on a chicken farm in a space with just enough room for their feet; she is the only little one and the only one without a cough or loss of feathers. Read full book review >