Search Results: "Michael Wallis"


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BILLY THE KID by Michael Wallis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 2007

"Not groundbreaking scholarship, but a sensible summary of a small-time criminal whose short, violent life became fodder for American myth."
In this objective, non-sensationalistic biography of legendary outlaw Billy the Kid (1859-81), historian Wallis (Pretty Boy, not reviewed, etc.), host of the PBS series American Roads, painstakingly sifts fact from fiction. Read full book review >

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DAVID CROCKETT by Michael Wallis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2011

"An excellent study likely to tick off the hagiographers."
He wasn't born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, and he didn't kill a b'ar when he was only three. Even so, David Crockett was a force of nature, as this fine biography details. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Once underway, plenty of tension, with Floyd a warmhearted badman. (Illustrations—125—not seen.)"
Strangely written, often exciting life of Depression-era bank- robber/murderer ``Pretty Boy'' Floyd, by the author of Oil Man (1988). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 1999

"This is western history told with twang and flair, and fans of Lonesome Dove and Louis L'Amour should eat it up. (16 pages color, 32 pages b&w photos)"
A wild and woolly history of a cowpoke mecca. Read full book review >

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WAY DOWN YONDER IN THE INDIAN NATION by Michael Wallis
NON-FICTION
Released: June 23, 1993

"Well-researched and sympathetic view of the American heartland—but best read the way it was originally written, in chapter-size bites."
A broader view of the ground Wallis covered in Oil Man (1988) and Pretty Boy (1992): the history and lore of Oklahoma and its inhabitants, from the earliest days to the present. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 26, 2017

"Solid Western history that enhances the understanding of a tragic tale by highlighting the strong human dimension through the accounts of participants before, during, and after the expedition."
Prolific popular writer Wallis (David Crockett: Lion of the West, 2011, etc.) brings his storytelling skills to an unusual episode in American westward expansion. Read full book review >

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MANKILLER by Wilma Mankiller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 26, 1993

"For a more nuanced and powerful Native American autobiography, try Peter MacDonald's The Last Warrior, reviewed above. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Disappointing autobiography by the first woman to lead a major Indian nation. Read full book review >

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A JAR FULL OF MICE by Diz Wallis
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"These little gems are worthy to share the small-book shelf with their eminent predecessors. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an unabashed, remarkably successful imitation of Beatrix Potter, Wallis (Something Nasty in the Cabbages, p. 1017) concocts an appealing cat-and-mouse drama. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING NASTY IN THE CABBAGES by Diz Wallis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

A retelling of ``Chantecler and the Fox,'' not based on Chaucer but on a similar 12th-century French version of the tale about a vain cock who, caught by a trickster fox, escapes by tricking the fox in turn. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"Nothing particularly fresh, but with so few voices expressing similar commitments to ending poverty, we can't afford to ignore Wallis—even if he is repeating many a lesson that those familiar with his work will already have learned."
The evangelical activist and writer (and editor of Sojourners), who has long defined the Christian Left, offers autobiographical snapshots and a call to action. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A stimulating vision of a just society but with little meat for those who want to ask deeper questions."
A passionate plea for social justice and renewal, from the nationally known activist, preacher, and editor of Sojourners magazine. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2013

"An admirable, worthy message that could be contained on a bumper sticker."
A manifesto for the common good, long on sense, short on inspiration. Read full book review >