Search Results: "John Sayles"


BOOK REVIEW

A MOMENT IN THE SUN by John Sayles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"A long time in coming, with an ending that's one of the most memorable in recent literature. A superb novel, as grand in its vision as one of President McKinley's dreams—but not for a moment, as Sayles writes of that figure, 'empty of thought, of emotion.'"
Noted novelist/director Sayles (Union Dues, 2005, etc.) turns in an epic of Manifest Destiny—and crossed destinies—so sweeping and vast that even he would have trouble filming it. Read full book review >

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DILLINGER IN HOLLYWOOD by John Sayles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Not much in the way of knockouts here, but plenty of solid shots."
Ten stories from the legendary Hollywood director: some good, some passable, all worthwhile. Read full book review >

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LOS GUSANOS by John Sayles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 1991

"So all we have is the makings of a big book-and the distressing waste of a prodigious talent."
With that Spanish title (translation: The Worms), and his liberal use of Spanish dialogue, Sayles is paying homage to the Cuban milieu of his first novel since Union Dues: a long, broken journey, starting in Miami, then weaving back through Batista's Cuba, Castro's Cuba, and Guatemala (training-ground for the Bay of Pigs Brigade). Read full book review >

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SAYLES ON SAYLES by John Sayles
NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 1998

"An invaluable companion piece to Sayles's films. (b&w photos, not seen)"
This in-depth look at the work of one of America's most successful maverick filmmakers is another fine contribution to Faber and Faber's ``Directors on Directors'' series. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDFISH YAWNED by Elizabeth Sayles
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Lovely. (Picture book. 4-6)"
At least partly in homage to "Wynken, Blynken and Nod," Sayles sends a young child on a rhymed dream voyage aboard a toy boat, past a "sock and sneaker reef," through the bedroom window and out to a garden, where "Raccoons tumbled. / An owl ho-o-o-oted" and a banjo-accompanied chorus of "Crickets began to sing!" Read full book review >

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THIS MESS by Pam Conrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"With friendly clutter in every corner of each scene, and the agreeable patterns in the children's clothing, Sayles gives readers plenty to pore over and their own ideas about how to make a room 'better.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
A winsome, wacky look at what happens when a father instructs his three children to "make this room look better." Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 30, 1999

"Science meets history—Napoleon ate bananas, Gilgamesh relished melons, and Roman soldiers drank vinegar—in a text especially useful in the curriculum that includes foods across time and cultures. (diagrams, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
An inviting plethora of little-known facts about the origins, history, biology, travels, and cultivation of bananas, pineapples, grapes, berries, and melons—the unlikely but worthy stars of this entry in the Plants We Eat series. Read full book review >

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MOTHER’S SONG by Ellin Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2008

"Readers will have to decide for themselves whether this one is archaic or timeless. (Picture book. 0-3)"
Greene, respected folklorist, storyteller and early-childhood expert, revives a 19th-century English nursery love song originally penned by the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould in 1895. Read full book review >

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WON’T PAPA BE SURPRISED! by Terri Cohlene
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Ribbon imagery is woven well throughout illustrations and text, making this Father's Day story a favorite any day of the year. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mikele and her Papa share a special Sunday together eating oatmeal, gardening, fixing the front step, hanging a fish-like windsock, washing the car, and finally enjoying a honey cake and tea break while they exchange presents for Father's Day. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT CROSSING by Karen Ackerman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"B&w illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
With the air of family history reshaped as fiction, a Jewish family's escape on foot from Innsbruck to Switzerland just after Hitler's 1938 annexation of Austria. Read full book review >

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PLANTS VS. MEATS by Meredith Sayles Hughes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2016

"Good food for thought that won't leave readers feeling stuffed. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
The moral, healthful, and historical reasons we eat what we eat. Read full book review >