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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A list of 'More Women of Hope' is appended. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
A gorgeous series of black-and-white photographic portraits that were part of a campaign to show people, especially young African-Americans, that "greatness looks like them" form the heart of this book. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Murky b&w photos and reproductions; notes; substantial bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Brought together in what novelist Hansen (Which Way Freedom?, 1986) calls a ``great experiment,'' black troops in the Civil War faced not only enemy armies but their own side's vicious racism while proving their ability. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2000

"A deliciously engaging tale of flower-power."
An exuberant romp through the surprisingly bizarre world of orchid collectors, where decorous matrons swoon over blooms, bureaucrats act like SWAT teams, and reputable scientists punch customs officers in the face. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 25, 2001

"But never simplistic."
Hansen (Hitler's Niece, 1996, etc.) claims that the Church and its liturgy helped form his vocation as a writer. Read full book review >