Search Results: "Matthew Parker"


BOOK REVIEW

MATTHEW A.B.C. by Peter Catalanotto
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2002

"A stunning play of art and verbal imagination. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The backgrounds to the illustrations in Catalanotto's inspired alphabet book may remind readers of Mark Rothko's paintings, but the portraits of the characters in the foregrounds of the bifurcated color fields are uniformly droll. Mrs. Tuttle's kindergarten class has 25 students, all named Matthew, and most with jug ears and gap-toothed smiles. Read full book review >

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GETTING RID OF MATTHEW by Jane Fallon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Fallon's debut is sharp enough, but a languishing plot dulls the author's wit."
The other woman attempts to make amends in this debut novel from Fallon, a U.K. television producer and partner of comedian Ricky Gervais. Read full book review >

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Parker Strip by Jeff Osterhage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"An endlessly diverting crime story featuring a wide array of characters and subplots."
In Osterhage's debut thriller, a crime lord's murder energizes criminals and cops alike on both the California and Arizona sides of the Colorado River's Parker Strip. Read full book review >

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PARKER PENGUIN by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2012

"Gender issues aside, this app is definitely worth the price of admission. (iPad informational app. 2-6)"
The second installment in Nosy Crow's educational Rounds series. Read full book review >

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STEALING PARKER by Miranda Kenneally
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 4, 2012

"With characters this nuanced, many teens won't mind all the issues flying fast and furious. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Readers of this teen novel will appreciate its realistic and witty dialogue as they navigate its tightly packed plot. Read full book review >

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FRANNY PARKER by Hannah Roberts McKinnon
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 2009

"Believable dialogue and well-developed characters enhance this promising debut novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A first-person narration recounts Franny's 13th summer, in a drought-stricken Oklahoma town. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW UNSTRUNG by Kate Seago
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Uneven but often engrossing. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A harrowing, if roughly constructed debut, based on the experiences of the author's grandfather; this tale of a student with a learning disability who is driven into a nervous breakdown is set in the early years of this century, when treatment of insanity was still firmly fixed in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM PARKER by John Rosenburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"38;w photos and prints, not seen). (Fiction. 10-14)"
A fictional treatment of the story of the man at the heart of the Christiana Riot, a little noted but important precursor to the Civil War. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Parker follows a professor's advice to 'write it the same way you would tell it'—but his approach to the narrative, hopscotching from here to there and back again, isn't nearly as powerful as the story he has to tell."
There's an inspirational life story within this graphic memoir of a frequently incarcerated junkie who belatedly earned an MFA from Columbia University's prestigious creative writing program, but the framing and pacing of the narrative fall short of the material's potential. Read full book review >

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FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER by Ellen Meister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2013

"As self-empowerment romantic comedies go, this perfectly pleasant one hits all the predictable marks."
The ghost of the eponymous 20th-century wit visits a present-day movie reviewer who lacks Parker's backbone in this mix of comedy and tear-jerker from Meister (The Other Life, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Parker achieves admirable clarity and focus in this sprawling, ugly, complicated story of the sugar revolution."
A rich, multifaceted account of the greed and slavery bolstering the rise of England's mercantile empire. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"An accomplished study of a battle that figures in all the standard WWII textbooks but is rarely given much more than a mention."
A careful reconstruction of the Allied campaign, throughout the winter of 1943-44, to break the Nazi hold on southern Italy. Read full book review >