Search Results: "Karen Clarkson"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Clarkson's evocative illustrations bathe each scene in a soft light that accentuates the warmth of the family's love. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
A grandmother's life story centers this welcome depiction of a contemporary Choctaw family. Read full book review >

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BRONX REQUIEM by John Clarkson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Readers who take their novels strong and dark will savor this one. But if you want sweetness and light, move along. There's nothing to see here."
A fast-moving, bloody visit to the Bronx featuring the return of tough guy James Beck (Among Thieves, 2015). Read full book review >

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THE FLIGHT OF THE OSPREY by Ewan Clarkson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 1996

"There's some soothing, magazine-style nature writing here, but it's delivered by means of a threadbare YA plot, along with much lecturing on modern food production and the meaning of the food chain."
Veteran British nature writer Clarkson (Ice Trek, 1987, etc.) returns, this time with a thin if well-meaning story of a 37-year- old widow who rehabilitates an injured osprey. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2008

"For a far more compelling dissection of Tarantino and his contemporaries, see Sharon Waxman's excellent Rebels on the Backlot (2005), which offers three vital qualities sorely lacking here: access, context and insight."
Super-uncool biography of the supercool filmmaker. Read full book review >

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AND JUSTICE FOR ONE by John Clarkson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Reminiscent of the best early Lawrence Sanders."
A very tough private policeman goes to war with the criminals who run Manhattan's illegal after-hours bars—in an exceptionally violent but exceptionally good first thriller. Read full book review >

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REED’S PROMISE by John Clarkson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 17, 2001

"Well researched, but this time Clarkson might better have taken a page from James M. Cain's insurance classic, Double Indemnity. Waspish words grip where bullets only thud."
Heavy-hitter Clarkson whacks a two-bagger rather than cleaning the plates as usual. Read full book review >

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JOHN TRAVOLTA by Wensley Clarkson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Travolta deserves a serious book. This is not it."
Incoherent mash note to the man in the white suit. Read full book review >

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AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Readers who want a likable protagonist to root for won't find one here. Yet it's a well-told, over-the-top tale long enough to keep a passenger occupied on a coast-to-coast flight."
A bad guy-versus-bad guy thriller in which the best outcome might be for everyone to die. Read full book review >

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NEW LOTS by John Clarkson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 1998

"Hard-driving realism."
Thrillingly complex drug-war novel set in Brooklyn's Brownsville section, with steel-edged dialogue, and intensively researched by Clarkson (And Justice for One, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

BLOG POST

KAREN ENGLISH
by Megan Labrise

The inspiration for Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Karen English’s latest middle grade novel all comes down to one unforgettable quote.

“We had a housekeeper,” says English, who was born in 1954 and grew up in Los Angeles, “and she pulled me aside one day, when I was about nine, and told me that, if I ever went ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SLEEPING CINDERELLA AND OTHER PRINCESS MIX-UPS by Stephanie Clarkson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"It's a promising concept but a pallid conclusion. (Picture book. 5-7)"
It rhymes. It has cute crossovers. It has doe-eyed princesses who are unhappy with their lots. Read full book review >