Search Results: "Mel Calvert"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"A brisk, unadorned personal account of a trying time in one woman's life."
A memoir of one woman's battle with cancer and her reliance on faith from debut author Kreinhop, with occasional commentary by author Calvert (How I Quit Smoking and Lived to Tell About It, 2014). Read full book review >

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A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to My Funeral by Mel Calvert
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"The humor runs the gamut from clever to corny, but the lighthearted, upbeat tone makes for a charming read."
Calvert (How I Quit Smoking and Lived to Tell About It, 2012) shares the often humorous story of his life as a traveling entertainer performing comedy, music and magic both in solo performances and with his wife, Sunny. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: March 1, 1997

"An arresting, if undeveloped, premise cements a gallery of recognizable high-school seniors fretting about—or blowing off—their pasts and futures. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A veteran high-school teacher cracks, holding his class at gunpoint on the last day of school in this drama-in-poetry from Glenn (Who Killed Mr. Chippendale?, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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SQUEEZE PLAY: A Baseball Story by Mel Glenn
Released: March 19, 1989

More than a year after their triumph on the soccer field (Play-by-Play), Jeremy and his athletic friend Lloyd have a new problem: a teacher with a Mission. Mr. Shore may be new to the school, but he takes command from the first day—organizing the class into "squads" and "platoons," delivering lectures on competitive spirit, barking out orders and blame. Read full book review >

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TEACHING WILL by Mel Ryane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A charming memoir that will amuse and inspire parents, teachers, and Shakespeare fans."
A former actress shares her experiences running a Shakespeare acting club at a Los Angeles elementary school as well as reflections on her own life and career. Read full book review >

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STEPIN FETCHIT by Mel Watkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2005

"A sharp piece of revisionist argument."
A former editor of the New York Times Book Review persuasively argues that the man whose stage name is a byword for offensive stereotyping was in fact a sly provocateur and a race-conscious agitator. Read full book review >

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PICKING UP THE PIECES by Patricia Calvert
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1993

"The supporting cast is nicely realized and credible—especially the likable and exceptional Harris. (Fiction. 12+)"
Megan, 14, has always loved summer at the lake until a spinal injury changes her life ``forever...only seven letters...its true meaning...too huge...to comprehend.'' The simplest activities now take ``tons of time''; days of running and basketball are gone, along with dreams of college, coaching, even marriage and kids. Read full book review >

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GREAT LIVES by Patricia Calvert
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Perhaps even more fascinating are the frequent chance meetings of mythic figures: Even though the territory was so vast, many of these folks crossed paths more than once. (index, not seen, b&w photographs and illustrations, further reading) (Biography. 11- 14)"
Continuing the Great Lives series, Calvert (Glennis, Before and After, 1996, etc.) offers an intimate introduction to the men and women who tamed the American West with this engaging and friendly history. Read full book review >