Search Results: "Mike Gordon"


BOOK REVIEW

GORDON PARKS by Ann Parr
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2006

"A substandard, message-driven production, of limited value to libraries. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Based on an interview with Parks, now in his 90s, and built on his mother's childhood challenge, "What a white boy can do, you can too—and no excuses," Parr's profile briefly traces the photographer/writer/filmmaker's career from early struggles in Minnesota to his memoir for adults, Hungry Heart (2005). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The research seems sound enough, but one-dimensional characters and consistently clumsy prose doom this first of a series. There may be a story worth telling here, but the grandson of Sinclair Lewis hasn't found it yet."
Chunky, clunky debut novel about a one-time slave who fights Confederates, injustice, ignorance, racism, Native Americans, whatever—all superheroically. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLORENCE GORDON by Brian Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Always a pleasure to read for his well-drawn characters, quiet insight and dialogue that crackles with wit, Morton here raises his own bar in all three areas. He also joins a sadly small club of male writers who have created memorable heroines."
Unexpected celebrity and long-absent family members distract a heroically cantankerous 1960s-era activist in the summer of 2009 as she reluctantly confronts the challenges of age. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOR MIKE by Shelley Sykes
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"An above-average mystery, with a supernatural twist, a romantic subplot, and answers and forgiveness at the end. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Strange, recurrent dreams and startling revelations follow the disappearance of a teenager's best friend in this well-knit debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHARLIE MIKE by Joe Klein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"The compelling story of a continuing mission, rendered with sympathy and verisimilitude."
A savvy political observer presents his report on some veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan after they return home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GORDON PARKS by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Parks' photography gave a powerful and memorable face to racism in America; this book gives him to young readers. (afterword, author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
He aimed his camera lens at fashion models and at struggling African-American workers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIKE STELLAR by K.A.  Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 23, 2009

"Readers will enjoy watching Mike work his way through both muddled feelings and adult secrets with savvy sleuthing, sharp observation and courage in the clutch. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Strange behavior from all the grown-ups and the over-hasty departure of an interstellar expedition raise a lad's suspicions in this adventure-comedy set in 2174. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIKE FINK by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Though Fink spends much of his time wrestling men or bears, Kellogg's description of him seems bland in comparison to his glowing, energetic illustrations, and less heroic than his other legendary figures. (Picture book/Folktale. 6-8)"
A tall-tale introduction to the ``King of the Keelboatmen,'' from the time he ran away from home at the age of two days to his literally explosive confrontation with steamboat captain Hilton B. Blathersby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIKE WALLACE by Peter Rader
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2012

"Bold, well-crafted biography of a long-elusive and controversial public figure."
A probing biography unveils the insecure depressive lurking inside 60 Minutes journalist Mike Wallace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIKE BLOOMBERG by Joyce Purnick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2009

"A touch too uncritical for readers brought up on hardnosed journalistic takes on politicians, but of interest to students of Gotham politics."
Generally admiring biography of the New York politician whom many have criticized but few have outflanked. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IRON MIKE by Daniel O’Connor
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A welcome collective portrait of one of America's best-known, if not much-loved, athletes."
Thirty-seven top-notch pieces about notorious heavyweight boxing sensation Tyson. Read full book review >