Search Results: "Mona Kerby"


BOOK REVIEW

OWNEY, THE MAIL-POUCH POOCH by Mona Kerby
ADVENTURE
Released: May 7, 2008

"His tale has been told several times for younger audiences, most recently in Irene Kelly's A Small Dog's Big Life (2005); still, dog lovers will lap up this latest iteration. (photos, research note, sources) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Going back to contemporary sources, Kerby retraces the travels of a stray terrier who became the semi-official mascot of the U.S. Postal Service in the 1890s and who, aboard ship and train, escorted mailbags to hundreds of destinations around the world. Read full book review >

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A REGULAR GUY by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

With a bestselling debut (Anywhere But Here, 1987) followed by a shaky sequel (The Lost Father, 1991), Simpson has a lot riding on her latest effort—which proves to be a challenging but less-than- riveting saga of a girl who finally meets her larger-than-life father but has difficulty getting his attention. Read full book review >

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HEADSCARVES AND HYMENS by Mona Eltahawy
NON-FICTION
Released: April 21, 2015

"Although Eltahawy's passionate book contributes to the struggle against women's oppression, in the face of endemic misogyny, the potential for revolution seems chillingly remote."
The plight of women in the Middle East. Read full book review >

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OIL SPILL: DISASTER by Mona Chiang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Consider this one only for a short-term stopgap. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In an obvious case of "rush-to-publish," a general account of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill's first month or so is filled out with information about how oil is refined and used in manufacturing, alternative sources of energy, a profile of two Indiana middle schoolers who studied the role of grasses in removing contaminants from industrially polluted soil and four truncated interviews with energy and wildlife scientists working for various research organizations. Read full book review >

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THE LOST FATHER by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 1992

"Disappointing."
Overly long, repetitive, often irritating sequel to Simpson's bestselling first novel (Anywhere But Here, 1987), which recounted Anne Stevenson's upbringing by a pathological mother. Read full book review >

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CASEBOOK by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"A clever twist on a shopworn theme by a top-shelf novelist."
A child of divorce turns private eye in the latest well-observed study of domestic dysfunction from Simpson (My Hollywood, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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OFF KECK ROAD by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2000

"Before it finally finds its groove, though, the slow pace and soft diffusiveness try the patience."
A short, quiet novel moves very slowly through uneventful lives in the 1950s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Under the African Sky by Mona Sehgal
Released: July 16, 2016

"A quiet but winsome African tale, in which ordinary landscapes and animals become extraordinary."
In this debut middle-grade novella, a young New Yorker's trip to South Africa takes a rousing turn once he accepts an elephant's invitation to a wondrous pond. Read full book review >

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BECOMING SOMETHING by Mona Z. Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Nonetheless, a valuable first attempt to restore a heroic figure to his rightful place in American cultural and political history."
Serviceable biography of the pioneering African-American actor, staunch civil-rights advocate, and blacklist victim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 1998

"An intelligent and welcome addition to a somewhat overloaded shelf."
A retired FBI field commander reports on his quarter-century with the bureau. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Generously illustrated with remarkable photographs, this is an illuminating examination of a subject that is frequently misunderstood or misrepresented, and that remains current—in new waves of Irish emigrants—to this very day."
This book, based on a documentary film that will air on PBS stations later this year, is an exceptionally vivid study of Irish immigration from the American Revolution to the present. Read full book review >