Search Results: "Kathleen W. Kranking"


BOOK REVIEW

THE OCEAN IS... by Kathleen W. Kranking
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Many other titles, including Wu's own Fish Faces (1993) capture the undersea world's dazzling swirl of forms and colors—and for the broad view, Seymour Simon's Ocean (1990) is still hard to beat. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
The ocean is certainly more than this abbreviated glance at its flora and fauna implies. Read full book review >

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Krazy Kathleen by William Tellem
Released: Feb. 10, 2016

"A lighthearted ode to books featuring eye-catching, funny pictures of an eccentric character."
A children's librarian who keeps everything in seemingly random piles teaches local residents a lesson in this tale by Tellem (Zen the Zebra, 2015, etc.), featuring illustrations by Coules. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2000

"Hartigan depicts Wilson as not only an organizational genius, but also as an amazingly resilient, largely appealing, and otherwise immensely interesting human being."
A readable, informative, succinct, respectful, but nonreverential biography of Bill Wilson (1895-1971), the guiding spirit and organizer of Alcoholics Anonymous, the hugely successful (millions of members in 140 countries) Read full book review >

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ELÉCTRICO W by Hervé Le Tellier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Delicate handling of deep themes—loss, missed connections, meaninglessness—gives the novel an emotional charge greater than its low-key particulars and pacing."
A French journalist and a Portuguese photographer find they have some uncomfortable things in common in this latest from Le Tellier (Enough About Love, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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W IS FOR WEBSTER by Tracey Fern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A fascinating look at the determination and vision that led one man to create an essential resource. (author's note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Noah Webster's path to creating his iconic dictionary is brought to life in this picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KATHLEEN, PLEASE COME HOME by Scott O'Dell
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1978

"Of course this sort of material has an enduring fascination for daydreaming stay-at-homes."
The diary of a runaway girl, whose dismal experiences are attributed largely to "going along" with a bad companion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE W. BUSH by James Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Presidential reputations often improve with time and rarely decline. Aware of this, Mann delivers a remarkably evenhanded account, eschewing the painful emotions many readers will feel until historians sort matters out."
The latest in the admirable American Presidents series is premature because too little time has passed to evaluate our 43rd president, but Mann (Fellow in Residence/Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Advanced International Studies; The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House, 2012, etc.) writes an insightful biography without much partisanship.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOLDMINE--LONDON W.1. by Philip Daniels
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"Slight, but not without charm, as old-hand Daniels (aka Peter Chambers—The Day the Thames Caught Fire, 1990, etc.) sets in motion a twist or two, including one implicating Walton's former nemesis in the Austen's venture."
Architect Edward Walton—who lost his wife to his business partner and said goodbye to ten years of freedom thanks to the cad's (false) embezzlement charges—is finally released from prison and, in short order, meets the lovely sales rep Peggy and the mysterious ``Major,'' who promises him 100,000 pounds if he'll construct an underground tunnel for him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Crepuscule W/ Nellie by Joe Milazzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A challenging, unconventional, rewarding imagining of a jazz giant's final years."
The relationships among jazz great Thelonious Monk; his wife, Nellie; and his friend and patron Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter are imagined in Milazzo's debut novel. Read full book review >

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WHY BEGINS WITH W by Leo Schulte
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 8, 2013

"Ambitious, but seriously lacking polish—and also a reason to read any sequels. (Enhanced e-book mystery. 12-14)"
A light scattering of digital inserts doesn't raise the grade of this mannered tale of high school murder, published on paper in 2009. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 19, 2012

"Simple and casually informative."
A straightforward text designed to help ESL students learn the language and culture associated with many American jobs. Read full book review >