Search Results: "Jonathan M. Hansen"


BOOK REVIEW

GUANTÁNAMO by Jonathan M. Hansen
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 2011

"Strategically irrelevant and expensive, Guantánamo has become a political icon, so suggestions that U.S. officials leave—common during past administrations—are no longer heard, but Hansen's distressing history may revive the idea."
A relentlessly critical history of America's oldest naval base and the only one in a hostile country. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"An eye-opening, trailblazing exposé."
A top-notch account of Haiti's recent history, including the January 2010 earthquake, from the only American reporter stationed in the country at the time. Read full book review >

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DARK PLACES OF THE EARTH by Jonathan M. Bryant
NON-FICTION
Released: July 13, 2015

"A richly documented work that restores the Antelope to its central place in the long, grim history of the Atlantic slave trade."
The little-known story of a slave ship, the fate of its captives, and its place in American history. Read full book review >

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WINNIE by Sally M. Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Ideal for Winnie-the-Pooh fans, this clear, straightforward biography reveals the bear behind the tale. (sources, websites) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A soldier's pet becomes famous. Read full book review >

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AESOP IN CALIFORNIA by Doug Hansen
adapted by Doug Hansen, illustrated by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2013

"This affectionate, glowing collection will be hard to resist. (Fables. 4-8)"
North to south, east to west, across mountain, valley, ocean and desert, California's flora and fauna illustrate adapted Aesopian fables. Read full book review >

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CALIFORNIA, THE MAGIC ISLAND by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"A must in the Golden State; teachers in other states could use it as inspiration for their own mythic histories. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
In the early 16th century, a Spanish romantic adventure book told of Queen Calafia and her magical land, California, where she led black-skinned Amazon women of great courage and wisdom; Hansen plays on this trope in this illustrated tribute that combines history and myth. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN DEE
by Rachel Sugar

Jonathan Dee’s latest, an exquisitely nuanced drama of simmering small-town politics, is so prescient—so uncannily current—it’s a source of concern. “I worry a little bit the novel is close enough to current events that people are going to read it a little too much as if it were a key to current events,” Dee says.

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BOOK REVIEW

THE HEART CALLS HOME by Joyce Hansen
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Hansen deftly weaves real historical events into the novel, presenting a vivid account of a budding black settlement during Reconstruction. (Fiction. 12-14)"
More than a decade after the publication of the first books in this trilogy (Which Way Freedom, 1986; Out From This Place 1988), Hansen completes her story of Obi and Easter, two escaped slaves from South Carolina, who become separated during the Civil War. Read full book review >

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CAESAR'S ANTLERS by Brooks Hansen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"In his first book for children, aided by the black-and-white chapter drawings that launch each chapter, Hansen (for adults, The Chess Garden, 1995) creates a timeless atmosphere for a tale that is as unusual as it is accomplished. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A strangely tender story of love, loss, and devotion that is imbued with the rhythms of its creatures: a slow, compelling rhythm to match the placid determination of a reindeer named Caesar, offset by the quick, bright, frantic rhythms of the sparrows he is attempting to help. Read full book review >

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A COUNTRY OF OLD MEN by Joseph Hansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Dave's best outing in years; it's a shame Hansen's so emphatic about its being his last."
Aging gay insurance-investigator Dave Brandstetter comes out of retirement again over the protests of his longtime companion black newscaster Cecil Harris, to find the woman who kidnapped Zacha little boy who says he was grabbed after watching her commit a murder. Read full book review >