Search Results: "Kris Waldherr"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF GODDESSES by Kris Waldherr
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1996

"Further, in a book that seeks to be inclusive, many races and cultures are portrayed, but more than a third of the paintings depict blond goddesses. (pronunciation guide, bibliography) (Folklore. 10-14)"
An abecedary of 26 goddesses from cultures around the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD PRINCESS by Kris Waldherr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Power to the princesses, right on! (further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The author of Doomed Queens (2008) examines "princess backlash" and asks: what makes a princess? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SACRED ANIMALS by Kris Waldherr
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The pictures convey a dreamy world in which the natural and supernatural are not so far apart—but collections like Mayo's Mythical Birds and Beasts from Many Lands (1997) offer better-told stories and deeper insight. (Folklore. 9-12)"
Using "sacred" in a very broad sense, Waldherr (Harvest, not reviewed, etc.) pairs luxuriant, romanticized portraits of 16 creatures (three of which are mythical) with related folk lore from diverse cultures, paraphrased legends, and bits of natural history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIREBIRD by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"As the only picture-book version in print, this may fill a need, though the story (in briefer form) is also included in Verdy's Of Swans, Sugarplums, and Satin Slippers (1991). (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
While this earnest retelling details the magical gimmickry of the romantic Russian tale celebrated in Stravinsky's ballet, its humdrum style fails to capture the story's true magic, reducing it to a dungeons-and-dragons series of fortuitous adventures (```I have a magic talisman that will help us,' he said. `Now tell me about this wizard...Where is he now?' `Away on some mysterious errands,' she said''). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Gravel On the Side of the Road by Kris Radish
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 22, 2014

"A bold, rollicking work that often reveals more about the author than her subjects."
Radish's (A Grand Day to Get Lost, 2013, etc.) latest work of nonfiction is a collection of vignettes taken from her own life, from her self-conscious childhood to her days as wild child, hard-boiled reporter and devoted mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEA MONKEYS by Kris Saknussemm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A wonderfully warped grab bag of memories from a wilder and weirder time."
Noted cult writer Saknussemm's (Reverend America, 2012, etc.) darkly funny, offbeat memoir of growing up around San Francisco in the 1960s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STONE CRIBS by Kris Nelscott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2004

The closest you'll ever come to understanding life as a black man in the '60s, even if you're a black man who lived through them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BUTCH AND THE BEAUTIFUL by Kris Ripper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2016

"Choppy dialogue, undeveloped characters, and cliches dressed up as plot make this novel kind of a snooze."
Jaq and Hannah are related through a tenuous constellation of exes. When they meet as members of a wedding party, the connection is quick and strong. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NAIL'S CROSSING by Kris Lackey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A captivating look at a little-known corner of rural Oklahoma burning up in a drought, rife with drug problems, yet peopled by tenacious, idiosyncratic characters you can't help rooting for."
Two Oklahoma police officers from separate forces work together to solve a series of bloody crimes in Lackey's debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAYS OF RAGE by Kris Nelscott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 29, 2006

"Nelscott reconstructs an unlovely Chicago past that leads directly to the havoc of the Conspiracy trial, the death of Fred Hampton and the racial unrest of the '60s. As an explanation of whoring, thieving and terminating with extreme prejudice, this is as good as it gets."
Racial butchery in Chicago, 1919-68. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAR AT HOME by Kris Nelscott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 21, 2005

"A ruthlessly unsentimental look at the '60s that shows just how ugly and destructive racial assumptions were. Nelscott bears witness to black persecution the way Elie Wiesel bears witness to the Holocaust."
A young black man's education at Yale turns him into a '60s radical. Read full book review >