Search Results: "Johnny Rogan"


BOOK REVIEW

VAN MORRISON by Johnny Rogan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2006

"Sprightly despite its amplitude, a narrative of propulsive drive that is also a reflective, associative piece of social history."
Nearly breath-by-breath biography of the influential Irish musician who has made a dent in rock, blues, folk, country and jazz. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUNGRY JOHNNY by Cheryl Minnema
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Children less patient (or good-natured) than Johnny aren't likely to take a cue from his example, but the episode certainly opens the way to further discussion and socialization. (Ojibwe glossary) (Picture book. 4-6)"
Family and community values underpin this tale of a young Ojibwe child forced to wait while local elders get first crack at a communal feast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHNNY MERCER by Glenn T. Eskew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"An important subject that deserves a more accessible treatment."
A painstakingly researched biography of Johnny Mercer (1909-1976), one of the great songwriters of the classic era of American popular music. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHNNY SWANSON by Eleanor Updale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2011

"The writing is ripe for a theatrical production, but the Briticisms may trip up some American readers. (Historical mystery. 9-12)"
Take an old-fashioned British melodrama set in 1929, feature an 11-year-old boy whose sucker newspaper ads become the contrivance for a murder mystery, throw in a wide-spread TB panic and there's the plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Throws a few incompletes, but finds the end zone more often than not."
The life story of one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHNNY CASH by Garth Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2004

"An episode of 'Behind the Music' would tell you more about Johnny Cash than this lazy rehash."
Barely six months after the country singer's death, a superficial biography by music writer Campbell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHNNY APPLESEED by Will Moses
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Make room on the shelf for this slim volume, too. (Biography. 9-11)"
Many are the available picture-book tales of half-legendary wanderer John Chapman, but this one (not really a picture book) merits consideration, both for its appealing folk-art-style illustrations (Moses is an artistic, as well as genetic, descendant of Grandma Moses), and for its thoughtful prose portrait of a man who, Moses suggests, "represents the best qualities of the American character." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OH, JOHNNY by Jim Lehrer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2009

"The understated tone of this Everyman's Citizen Kane perfectly suits Lehrer's gifts, as he eschews his usual satiric stance for a warmhearted evocation of the road not taken."
A young ex-Marine pursues two ideals, a major-league baseball career and a young woman he knows only as Betsy, in Lehrer's bittersweet 19th novel (Mack to the Rescue, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHNNY CASH by Anne E. Neimark
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

In compelling, if occasionally purple, prose—"While his demon pills had power beyond measure, part of Johnny wanted to defy them"—Neimark chronicles The Man in Black's hardworking youth, meteoric rise to fame and years of struggle with chemical dependency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHNNY CHESTHAIR by Chris Lynch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1997

"Lynch, fresh from the Blue-Eyed Son trilogy (Mick, 1996, etc.), sets out some distinctly non-PC characters and their beliefs; readers who like to feel superior to people they meet in books will—unfortunately—lap this up. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Still reeling from classmate Monica's knockout punch five years ago, eighth-grader Steven gathers three other nerdy misfits into the He-Man Women Haters Club, also the name of the series of which this unsubtle satire is the first entry. Read full book review >