Search Results: "John Sutherland"


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A LITTLE HISTORY OF LITERATURE by John Sutherland
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A lively, informative book in which the author shows how literature 'enriches life in ways that nothing else quite can.'"
A genial, enthusiastic guide leads a jaunt through literary history. Read full book review >

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ORWELL'S NOSE by John Sutherland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"An unusual perspective illuminates a much written-about author."
A biography of George Orwell (1903-1950) based on his "obsessive relationship with smell." Read full book review >

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STEPHEN SPENDER by John Sutherland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Pays fitting tribute to a man who was as admirable as he was gifted."
An excellent account of the British poet's life, particularly strong on his personality, literary friendships, and political activism. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Source notes and bibliography are included, as is an index (not seen). (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
There was great anticipation for the arrival of the 21st century, but few could have predicted the rapid change the first ten years would bring. Read full book review >

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UP CLOSE: RONALD REAGAN by James Sutherland
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"As with all of the volumes in this fine series, the writing is clear, the bibliography is solid and the historical content is accessible for the intended audience, if somewhat lacking in analysis. (foreword, source notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 11 & up)"
Like all good biographers, Sutherland starts this study of Ronald Reagan not with his birth but with a scene that grabs readers' attentions: the shooting of the president on March 30, 1981. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 19, 2009

"An enjoyable, eloquently told tale."
Sutherland's (Windsong, 2008) contemporary novel takes readers to the small, fictional Australian town of Trundle, offering a peek at the lives of its residents over the course of a year. Read full book review >

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THE MENAGERIE by Tui T. Sutherland
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"Unfortunately, the story itself lays an egg. For a really magical book about mythical animals, readers should try The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, by Patricia McKillip (1974). (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Numerous books have successfully built on a premise of human interaction with mythical creatures, but this one is overstuffed and convoluted. Read full book review >

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THE WAITING PLACE by Marc Sutherland
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A jubilant debut, half-mad and wholly invigorating. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Outrageous adventures take place at the foot of the bed when a bout of insomnia allows a child's imagination to take flight. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Readers are likely to be embarrassed by the closing crescendo of self-congratulation."
The unremarkable record of a college dean's six-and-a-half years as a hostage of the Islamic Jihad in Beirut. Read full book review >

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OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS by Krystal Sutherland
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An emotionally engaging and draining debut. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Two teenagers suffer through their first heartbreak. Read full book review >

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THE CONSIGNMENT by Grant Sutherland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2003

"Somewhat slow-paced, but an interesting and complex tale informed with an oddly macho ethos: a little bit like putting Rambo into a le Carré novel."
An international cat-and-mouse game among high-level arms smugglers, in a second thriller from Sutherland (Diplomatic Immunity, 2001). Read full book review >