Search Results: "Mark Cocker"


BOOK REVIEW

BIRDERS by Mark Cocker
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Persuasive, idiosyncratic, and often quite amusing."
English author Cocker (Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold, 2000, etc.) offers a combined celebration of and apologia for the national passion for birding, which in Britain provides both the thrill of high competition and the bonding of a cult. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"An English export, then, that can't quite manage the crossing. (Photos)"
An extended critique of English travel writing from the 19th century to the present day, by British biographer and journalist Cocker. ``The central, unifying principle in travel books,'' according to Cocker, ``is that abroad is always a metaphysical blank sheet on which the traveller could write or rewrite the story, as he or she would wish it to be.'' England has produced a rich array of such work, and Cocker examines some of the more (and less) famous practitioners of the genre. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Perhaps Cocker's fervent and entertaining prose should warn us about how readily we accept progress as an answer to war, conquest, and genocide."
A passionately written history of four episodes in European imperialism by environmentalist and journalist Cocker (Loneliness and Time, 1993). Read full book review >

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MARK SUNDEEN
by Megan Labrise

Writing about the simple life proved anything but for immersive journalist Mark Sundeen.

His original manuscript—an unadorned account of three couples who, in varying ways, have opted out of everyday American consumerism—was accepted and revised when he withdrew it from publisher Riverhead Books.

“I had a close friend read it, call me, and say, I stopped reading at page 175 ...


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BOOK REVIEW

DILLY DALLY DAISY by Mark Fearing
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"An ode to young daydreamers—and tempting distractions—everywhere. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Daisy Marsha Martin has perfected the art of dawdling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EARTHLING! by Mark Fearing
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"A fun, intergalactic buddy story that may not reinvent the wheel—or the UFO—but works well here, nonetheless. (Graphic science fiction. 9-12)"
After catching the wrong bus, young Bud finds himself at a school that's out of this world—literally. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"It should find a place in every collection. (Nonfiction. 6+)"
A clean, clear, lighthearted look at the communicative clout of color, contrast and contour. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FUNNY FARM by Mark  Teague
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Ultimately, there's very little story holding the book together, but the humor found on each page is satisfying in its own right. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In this picture-book twist on Green Acres, the joke is on citified cousin Edward, a dapper dog who visits his Uncle Earl's farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUILT BY ANGELS by Mark Podwal
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"A beautiful, Impressionistic introduction to a portion of Judaic lore and a European architectural marvel. (historical note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Legend, history and spiritual significance intertwine in Podwal's illustrated free-verse poem paying homage to Prague's Altneuschul, or Old-New Synagogue, which is the oldest in Europe, dating back to 1270, and is treasured for its early Gothic architecture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHERRY TREE EGG by Mark Birchall
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"A nicely understated story in cheerfully soft colors full of satisfying details. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Delayed gratification can lead to more profound gratification down the road. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOST AND FOUND by Mark  Teague
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The illustrations offer plenty to pore over, and will sustain Teague's fans until his next work rolls out. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A wobbly offering from Teague (Baby Tamer, 1997, etc.), in which Wendell and Floyd, who missed their math test when a giant squid trapped them in the restroom, are waiting to see the principal when a new girl, Mona, approaches the lost and found box in search of her lucky hat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BUNDLE AT BLACKTHORPE HEATH by Mark Copeland
ANIMALS
Released: June 26, 2006

"A good prospect for hottest ticket of the season. (website) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Why bother with flea circuses when elephant-sized trained snails and stag beetles are eager to perform under the big top to rhythms beaten out by honeybee drummers, while clowns with frisky pill-bug companions provoke shouts of laughter from the crowds? Read full book review >