Search Results: "Matt Welch"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 28, 2011

"An enthusiastic, entertaining libertarian critique of American politics, brimming with derision for the status quo and optimism for the future and confident of the right direction, but disappointingly silent about which roads to take."
A call to bring to government the same expansion of personal choice and freedom that has swept other areas of American life, through the application of libertarian principles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Investigative journalism at its relentless and compassionate best."
An award-winning journalist uncovers the suppressed story behind the death of Matthew Shepard, the gay University of Wyoming student whose 1998 murder rocked the nation. Read full book review >

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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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MY FRIEND MATT AND HENA THE WHORE by Adam Zameenzad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1993

"Much powerful writing, and the events described have all too many parallels, but cumulatively more homily than novel."
Also from Zameenzad (see above): a well-meaning, often mystical story of children trying to survive in war-torn Africa—a story with special resonances considering the situation in Somalia but one that makes more for inspiration than literature. Read full book review >

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MIA, MATT AND THE LAZY GATOR by Annie Langois
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Though the design and layout suggest a young target audience, the advanced vocabulary (writhe, posterity and discreetly all appear on a single page) as well as the romantic focus—sweethearts, smooches and spooning all making an appearance—will make this one a hard sell to the early elementary crowd. (Fiction. 6-9)"
This early chapter book is a somewhat awkward translation from the French original. Read full book review >

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THE AWESOME, ALMOST 100% TRUE ADVENTURES OF MATT & CRAZ by Alan Silberberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Readers may question Matt's and Craz's intelligence, but if the plot is short on sense, the jokes almost always work, and that's a more important brand of magic any day. (Humor. 9-13)"
It turns out that a book doesn't need to make a lick of sense if it has enough baboons and pirates and aliens. Read full book review >

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THE HEARTSONG OF CHARGING ELK by James Welch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2000

"Despite some contrived plot twists, Welch's study of a man forced to adapt to a world utterly unlike his own—and a richly imagined world it is—is well sustained. An amply rewarding read."
Award-winning Native American novelist Welch (Fools Crow, 1986, etc.) tells a powerful story of a young Lakota who's stranded in France—and who will spend an ordeal of dark years in that strange land before regaining a life and his dignity. Read full book review >

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DANCING WITH DADDY by Willy Welch
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Logic is a feeble reed in this instance: the animals sport anthropomorphic expressions and are all actively participating even though it's night, but the elusive childhood magic of dancing with one's father is captured with all its silliness and magnificence intact. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The first spread of this rhyming tale shows a charming domestic tableau full of affectionate detail: a teapot on the table where a brown-haired daughter plays cards with her parents, Mama's bare feet with red toenails, and a windchime tinkling in the open window. Read full book review >

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CROWNING THE QUEEN OF LOVE by Susan Welch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 1997

"A fine collection, deserving of attention."
An impressive debut collection that aptly demonstrates Welch's skill in composing prosaic yet haunting scenarios of love's dark country. Read full book review >

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GROUNDWORK by Robert Welch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 1998

"The family weave on view here, strong and sincere at its best, still isn't enough to hold these many disparate fragments together."
Centuries of Irish history are woven through the lives of two families, with distinctly mixed results, in this US debut from poet and critic Welch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 14, 2015

"A practical and multilayered guide to running a company effectively and profitably."
A solid framework on how business works and how to be part of the game. Read full book review >