Search Results: "Michael Slater"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY & THE BOOK by David Michael Slater
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"Presented as a grand adventure, the moment when a child first learns to read is powerfully rendered in this well-made story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A nearly wordless picture book presents the "I can read" moment. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT CHARLES DICKENS SCANDAL by Michael Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A sexy story resting on a bed of comprehensive scholarship and pursued with Sherlock-ian imagination."
A noted Dickens scholar and biographer traces the story of Dickens' relationship with young actress Nelly Ternan, an affair that has titillated Dickens fans and scholars since the mid 19th century. Read full book review >

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THE BORED BOOK by David Michael Slater
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"Michael Garland's Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook (2003) and Barbara Lehman's Red Book (2004) are but two of several better uses of the book-as-gateway trope. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Two quarrelsome preteen sibs are exiled to a dusty attic full of books and find one (cleverly titled "The Bored Book") that unfolds massively to cast the pair into quick encounters with a troll, pirates, a squad of knights in armor and a dragon. Read full book review >

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MAGPIE'S TREASURE by Kate Slater
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The message is presented with a deft touch in this colorful and appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
When a burglar bird goes after the object of his dreams, he learns a valuable lesson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 1991

"Persuasive, comprehensive, and precious at this historical moment."
An insightful, timely examination of the fragility of America's commitment to democracy, by cultural analyst Slater (How I Saved the World, 1985, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A balanced, interpretive progress report on a world-class business leader whose career story remains to be told in full."
A workmanlike appreciation of John Francis (``Neutron Jack'') Read full book review >

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HAIR OF THE DOG by Susan Slater
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2015

"Dan's third appearance starts out strong but fades in the back stretch as complications pile on and coincidences pile up."
Insurance investigator Dan Mahoney (Rollover, 2014, etc.) checks out monkey business at a Florida greyhound track.Read full book review >

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TOAST by Nigel Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2004

"Paced as superbly as a seven-course meal, able to engage the heart and the memory as well as the taste buds."
British cookbook author Slater takes an engrossing, revealing look back at his 1960s childhood through the foods that filled his family's kitchen. Read full book review >

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PLAYING HOUSE by Lauren Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A fiercely, lyrically honest memoir."
A psychologist and nonfiction writer's frank meditations on how she formed a family and learned to love the people in her life. Read full book review >

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THE LESBIAN FAMILY LIFE CYCLE by Suzanne Slater
NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 1995

"Tough going for most readers outside the field, but the author raises valuable questions about the impact of social prejudice on lesbian families and relationships."
Therapist Slater explores lesbian family development in a much-needed but stiffly written book. Read full book review >

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FLASH FLOOD by Susan Slater
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"There'll be much, much more, with whispers of everything from alien experiments to voodoo, before Slater (Thunderbird, not reviewed, etc.) closes out this lively, surprising, overstuffed case, first of a series with one eye on Don Winslow's California Fire and Life."
Sent by United Life and Casualty to tiny Tatum, New Mexico, to investigate wealthy Billy Roland Eklund's six-figure claims for the death of three of his most highly prized cattle, private eye Dan Mahoney arrives at the Double Horseshoe Ranch just in time for the fireworks. Read full book review >