Search Results: "Mary Lou Carney"


BOOK REVIEW

DR. WELCH AND THE GREAT GRAPE STORY by Mary Lou Carney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Still, it makes an intriguing tale, and Carney caps it with a brief corporate history that connects the dots between Welch's early (and unsuccessful) efforts to sell his 'unfermented wine' and its modern, multinational, ubiquity. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Meidell creates an idealized, small-town setting in lusciously hued watercolors for Carney's sunny account of the invention of grape juice—that was produced by New Jersey dentist Thomas Bramwell Welch as a nonalcoholic alternative to communion wine for fellow Methodists. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Final pages include instructions for knitting and a pattern for the striped sweater. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Macomber, a bestselling author for adults, and Carney join forces for an amusing story about a boy who receives a handmade, striped sweater as a birthday gift from his grandmother. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"This yippy, yappy Yorkie is just another tired puppy in search of a plot. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Macomber and Carney team up for their second entry in the Blossom Street Kids series, this time focusing on an unwanted move to a new neighborhood for a girl named Ellen and her Yorkshire terrier named Baxter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WIREWALKER by Mary Lou Hall
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Glorifying individual achievement without addressing the complex, ongoing legacy of race and racism, this naïve fable fails to convince. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Clarence, 14, saw his African-American mother shot and killed in their Richmond, Virginia, home; three years later, he and his hard-drinking, Irish-American dad live off Johnnyprice's dogfighting and crack-dealing business. Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING'S BIGGER IN TEXAS by Mary Lou Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A solid if conventional biography that doesn't go deep enough into the man behind the brand."
The life of the one-and-only Kinky Friedman (b. 1944). Read full book review >

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AL JAFFEE'S MAD LIFE by Mary-Lou Weisman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Doesn't provide as much depth as more conventional biographies, but Jaffee's voice and life will hook the reader."
As journalist Weisman (My Baby Boomer Baby Book: A Record of Milestones, Millstones & Gallstones, 2006, etc.) demonstrates, the life story of veteran MAD cartoonist is stranger than anything he has ever drawn for the magazine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEW YORK’S BRAVEST by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"Not merely a title about one day of terror, Osborne's brief but well-fashioned text stirs the spirit to celebrate a quiet and caring bravery. (historical note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In response to September 11th, Osborne returned to her story of the legendary 19th-century New York City volunteer firefighter Mose Humphreys (American Tall Tales, 1991) and refashioned it into a stirring picture-book tribute to the 343 firefighters who died on that terrible day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ADVENTURES OF MICHAEL MACINNES by Jeff Carney
FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2006

"Certainly a marvelous candidate for the Guys Read website, and with lines like Michael's, all this needs is Fred MacMurray to play the part. (Fiction. YA)"
A rip-roaring, action-packed spin on the comic books and adventure stories of yore, this cinematic novel will entertain even the most cynical of young-adult readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A NEW GESTALT OF GOD by Lester Carney
NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 2017

"Christians should find these chapters a tough but invigorating read."
A debut author strives for a clearer picture of the Christian God. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 17, 2015

"One has the sense that the author set out to write a kind of rejoinder to Into the Wild, but the result lacks Jon Krakauer's sense of insight into what drives people in their quest of something beyond."
A diffuse tale of spiritual misadventure. Read full book review >