Search Results: "Marguerite W. Davol"


BOOK REVIEW

PAPA ALONZO LEATHERBY by Marguerite W. Davol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Davol exaggerates aspects of farm life and from everyday events spins stories like cotton candy: quickly consumed, perhaps quickly forgotten, but sublime on the way down. (Fiction/folklore. 8-12)"
``A Collection of Tall Tales from the Best Storyteller in Carroll County'' is the subtitle whose length and boast suits this book perfectly. Read full book review >

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BLACK, WHITE, JUST RIGHT! by Marguerite W. Davol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

The narrator enumerates qualities inherited from her parents—a face that's ``a little dark, a little light,'' somewhere between Mama's ``chestnut brown'' and Papa's fair skin; hair that's ``halfway in-between'' blond and black. Read full book review >

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WHY BUTTERFLIES GO BY ON SILENT WINGS by Marguerite W. Davol
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"A lovely appeal for quiet contemplation of nature's gifts. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Davol (The Loudest, Fastest, Best Drummer in Kansas, 2000, etc.) spins an original pourquoi tale of when the world was young and butterflies were dressed in dull colors, earth-tones of browns and grays and washed-out pinks and purples. Read full book review >

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BATWINGS AND THE CURTAIN OF NIGHT by Marguerite W. Davol
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"The text is on the long side, but children's fascination with animals in general and mysterious bats in particular will keep them enthralled. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A beguiling, original creation myth that explains why bats hang upside down in large groups. Read full book review >

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THE PAPER DRAGON by Marguerite W. Davol
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It all comes together in a vibrant and surprising work. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From Davol (Batwings and the Curtain of Night, p. 379, etc.), an ambitious folk tale set in China. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1993

The thesis of this meticulous and admiring biography is that Yourcenar (b. Read full book review >

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BURNING MARGUERITE by Elizabeth Inness-Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2002

"First-novelist Innes-Brown is a fine writer, and fully succeeds in realizing her characters lives, yet her prose is sometimes emotionally desultory: a thick languor acts as a shell in which the intensities of her scenes and moments are glimpsed but not felt."
Inness-Brown (stories: Here, 1994, etc.) offers a closely drawn, richly imagined study of two characters—a young man and the elderly woman who raised him—on a remote island in New England. Read full book review >

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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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THE SNAKE’S TALES by Margherite W. Davol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Ripe for a storyteller's voice. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This original tale was suggested by The Storytelling Stone, a traditional Seneca tale, and explains how stories began. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >