Search Results: "Jon Wiener"


BOOK REVIEW

PROFESSORS, POLITICS, AND POP by Jon Wiener
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Insightful and frequently engaging, though hobbled by the lack of a comprehensive introduction and by some thematic and factual repetition."
A lively sampling of unabashedly left-wing commentary from scholar/journalist Wiener (History/Univ. of California at Irvine). Read full book review >

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I TOLD YOU SO by Gore Vidal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 9, 2013

"Missing the voice and presence of a man who could be an outrageously entertaining speaker, these transcripts fail to match the depth of his writing, as well."
These transcripts of four interviews with the late man of letters offer some provocative volleys but cover the same ground too often and don't show Vidal fully amplifying his ideas. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"A refreshingly candid memoir told with pride but also an often disarming flippancy."
Bytes and bombs, bureaucrats and booze dominate Wiener's lively account of the six months he spent as the CNN executive producer in Saddam Hussein's Baghdad. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 2, 2011

"Intimate and absorbing, Wiener's tale successfully captures the feelings of a spirited yet lost young child growing up in a tumultuous period in American history."
Wiener is anything but subtle in this gripping memoir of her turbulent upbringing in the New York City suburbs. Read full book review >

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THIS IS NOT MY HAT by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Hats off! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Klassen combines spare text and art to deliver no small measure of laughs in another darkly comic haberdashery whodunit. Read full book review >

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MEET THE DOGS OF BEDLAM FARM by Jon Katz
ANIMALS
Released: April 26, 2011

"Young dog lovers will enjoy this, particularly those who own border collies or black labs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Katz has written several well-received books for adults about his working dogs and their life together at Bedlam Farm in upstate New York (Dog Days, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE RETIRED KID by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2008

"An amusing take on the 'no place like home' theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What happens when an eight-year-old boy decides being a kid is hard work and it's time to retire? Read full book review >

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SMART FELLER FART SMELLER by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Shel Silverstein's Runny Babbit (2005), the joke definitely wears thin—but readers of the target mentality may be tempted to rake the tall and bun with it. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
From anagrams (Elvis Lives!, 2000) and palindromes (Palindromania!, 2002), Agee moves to a more rudimentary form of wordplay, pairing spoonerisms framed as questions and answers ("What did Rapunzel say to the filthy giant?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHOPSTICKS by Jon Berkeley
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2005

"Still, a dragon's a dragon, and wee dragon aficionados probably can't get enough. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Berkeley offers a mildly entertaining story of the friendship between a mouse and his dragon. Read full book review >

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FLAPSTICK! by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Sturdy pages and construction, but nowhere to accommodate library fixtures without disrupting an essential spread. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Elegant, lighthearted fun: ``10 Ridiculous Rhymes with Flaps''—e.g., ``The maestro Leopardo/Sat down to play some Bach./It sounded very pleasant/But smelled like an old—'' (grand piano lid lifts to reveal a sock). Read full book review >

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SPLAT! by Jon Burgerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A gimmick, though a playful one. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Ever wonder what happens to the previous page after you've turned to the next? Read full book review >

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IT'S ONLY STANLEY by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Fun—just plain fun. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Wimbledon family—mother, father, four children, a cat, and Stanley, a brilliantly inventive beagle—have a sleepless night. Read full book review >