Search Results: "Mike Davis"


BOOK REVIEW

DEAD CITIES by Mike Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 2002

"Smart and tough: an author with one eye out for the underdog, the other on the sickness of the political and corporate landscape."
From Davis (Magical Urbanism, 2000, etc.), rangy, astute, switchblade-wicked essays ranging from depictions of Los Angeles in film noir to a discussion of a Paiute prophet's neo-catastrophic epistemology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"A dazzling mix of environmental studies, urban history, and cultural criticism."
A formidable intellectual history of how Los Angeles, the locus of postwar American dreams, became the avatar of national nightmares of physical and social destruction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"A wake-up call for anyone who cares about the future of American cities."
Another contemporary classic of urban studies from Davis (Ecology of Fear, not reviewed), herald of the good and bad—but mostly bad—times ahead. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 2016

"An intensely, deeply argued recasting of what it means to be healthy that may pose difficulties for patients but provides solid evidence for effective prevention strategies.
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An ambitious book presents a revolutionary approach to fitness, diet, and exercise. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY
by Poornima Apte

Long before “We Need Diverse Books” gained momentum as a movement towards inclusivity in children’s literature, writer and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats made history. Peter, the star of his groundbreaking picture book, The Snowy Day, was black.

Children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney reminds us what a big deal this was in 1962 when the book was first published. The ...


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TAKING THINGS SLOW WITH ADAM RAPP
by Julie Danielson

Adam Rapp is no stranger to the arts. He is a novelist, playwright, film director, screenwriter, and musician. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist (2005’s play, Red Light Winter), and his young adult novel Punkzilla was awarded a 2010 Printz Honor. Kirkus reviewers over the years have noted his talents in “pushing the boundaries of fiction for teens,”as well ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET SCIENCE ALLIANCE AND THE COPYCAT CROOK by Eleanor Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"With its bounty of factlets slipped in for learning on the sly, it's a sure kid and teacher pleaser—a perfect package for tweens. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
Julian Calendar has a plan to avoid being a friendless nerd at his new school: Play dumb and pretend to love sports. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUNKYARD by Mike Austin
by Mike Austin, illustrated by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"While some kids will be fascinated with the robotic Munching Machines, the takeaway is unclear, and the represented ease of getting rid of garbage is certainly wrong. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The title on the cover is a clue to the tale—"JUNK" is rendered in a rusty-colored scribbly style, while "YARD" is a light green with a grassy pattern—but the ultimate message is murky. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAKE UP, RUPERT! by Mike Twohy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Preschoolers will bleat for a repeat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Rupert the Rooster just wants to sleep in! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

123 VERSUS ABC by Mike  Boldt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Readers won't care whether it's about letters or numbers—they will be too busy poring over the artwork and laughing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
On a scale from one to 10, what's your favorite color of the alphabet? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE IS MILO'S BALL? by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2012

"Just as visually appealing as the app at first glance, and possibly even more durable—but showing considerable fall-off in narrative quality and awareness of audience. (Board book. 2-3)"
The blue cat that starred in the excellent app A Present for Milo (2010) makes an awful crossover from the digital domain. Read full book review >