Search Results: "Maria Mudd Ruth"


BOOK REVIEW

FIREFIGHTING by Maria Mudd Ruth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The text avoids melodrama, and the photos steer clear of the sensational, but the heroism of firefighters radiates from the page. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
This in-depth look at firefighting will give readers a good sense of all aspects of the job. Read full book review >

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WILD AND WONDERFUL
by Julie Danielson

At the end of John Cage and Lois Long’s Mud Book, we see a birthday cake made out of mud with dried dandelions for candles. To boot, we’ve been instructed prior to that precisely how to make a mud cake. “Make a wish,” this last page states with unequivocal glee.

I love this. Could there be a better antidote ...


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BOOK REVIEW

I, LIVIA by Mary Mudd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2005

"A corrective biography that starts off slow but eventually rights its wrongs."
Mudd's (Studies in the Reign of Constantius II, 1989) laudatory biography aims to set the story straight on Livia Drusilla, Rome's much-celebrated but historically reviled first empress. Read full book review >

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FAVORITES OF 2016 - PART FOUR
by Leila Roy

Here I am, at the end of the year… with the end of my reading year. If you’d like to catch up on the first three installments, here are the links: January-March, April-June, July-September.

And now, on with the show!

October: Wrecked, by Maria Padian

I have read a lot—A LOT—of books that deal with sexual assault and rape culture ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2008

"Brisk, brusque and surprisingly witty—a must for students of the peculiar marriage of politics and entertainment."
Veteran TV newsman Mudd engrossingly dissects the coming of age of television news, as experienced at the best and brightest shop on the block. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WALK IN THE FOREST by Maria Dek
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A startling, successful evocation of the natural world and an urgent entreaty for young people to immerse themselves in the outdoors. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pale-skinned child crosses a blank, white page into a screen of trees, where "wonders await." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUT OF NOWHERE by Maria Padian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"An encouraging, if incomplete, tale of high school sports in the melting pot. (Fiction. 13-16)"
When Somali refugees move to his Maine town, a soccer captain matures in this Chris Crutcher-reminiscent drama based on a true event. Read full book review >

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ALMOST FOREVER by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A tour de force. (Fiction/Poetry. 8-12)"
Each of these chapters is a poem, and together they take a six-year-old-girl on a journey from Christmas 1967 when her father first gets his orders for Vietnam, to February of 1969, when he comes home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS ONE IS MINE by Maria Semple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2008

"Clearly smart and talented, Semple never satisfactorily accomplishes the difficult task of balancing nasty comedy and romantic uplift."
Former television comedy writer Semple offers a semi-satirical, funny-sad romance about a spoiled Hollywood wife, a former television writer, who considers risking all for a wholly inappropriate affair with a sleazy musician. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY SISTER LIFE by Maria Flook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 1998

"Flook's book should sing with pain, but it's strangely flat, if skillfully written—the reflections of her reflections, minus the power of myth."
A retelling of the lives of two sisters, separated as young teenagers when each was caught in an undertow of drugs, prostitution, and mental institutions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Other hyphenated Americans who have experienced discrimination and confusion about their heritage will find this often funny and graceful book simpatico."
Three generations in America doesn't necessarily take the sting out of being an immigrant, as described in this appealing and sometimes thought-provoking memoir that moves from suburban New Jersey to Italy's southern provinces. Read full book review >