Search Results: "John Swenson"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2011

"A solid, rewarding book that could have been great with some judicious pruning."
A detailed, angry look at the Crescent City's imperiled players and traditions in Hurricane Katrina's wake. Read full book review >

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GRETA GARBO by Karen Swenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1997

"Well-intentioned, but regrettably garbled. (photos, not seen)"
Yet another biography of perhaps the most iconic of film actresses—this one an awkward accumulation of largely irrelevant detail that leaves Garbo a cipher. Read full book review >

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BUELL by Wallace J. Swenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2015

"A sturdy oater with more ambitious but less convincing psychopathological overtones."
It's 1873. A gunslinger thrown out of Fort Laramie hooks up with a veteran prospector and heads for the Idaho territory and adventure. Read full book review >

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IF YOU WERE A DOG by Jamie A. Swenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Swenson's rhythmic cadences coupled with Raschka's wry, upbeat illustrations yield a title that's a cheery picker-upper. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Addressing both a winsome girl character and child readers, Swenson invites kids to speculate what sort of dog, cat, fish, bird, bug, frog and dinosaur they might want to be. Read full book review >

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BIG RIG by Jamie A. Swenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Youngsters who meet Frankie will be looking for him on every highway, as he's a friend they won't soon forget. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Frankie the semi introduces himself and all the things he can do. Read full book review >

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BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! by Jamie A. Swenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"A good but not great good-night picture book. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A nighttime thunderstorm results in a crowded bed when a little boy welcomes his pets to snuggle up with him and his teddy bear in this cumulative, rhyming story that is reminiscent of TheNapping House but falters a bit in its pacing. Read full book review >

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MEET WOOF AND QUACK by Jamie A. Swenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Woof and Quack may not be quite ready to replace Elephant and Piggie, but they are just as much fun. (Early reader. 4-7)"
Beginning readers may not know about stereotypes. They just know that Woof and Quack like to play fetch. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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SUMMER POTPOURRI
by Bobbi Dumas

Over the past month I’ve had the opportunity to listen to a bunch of books that came my way, and a couple of them were just terrific, so I thought I’d share.

Adriana Anders’ Under Her Skin (February ’17) launched an intense contemporary romance series Blank Canvas which has a very interesting spin on the tattoo theme. (It got a ...


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