Search Results: "Myra Gowans"


BOOK REVIEW

GRAMEE AND HER WHIPPERSNAPPER BOYS by Myra  Gowans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2011

"More likely to appeal to toddlers, this colorful, fun illustrative story inspires children to be proud of their differences. (Picture book. 1-8)"
Gowans' children's picture book features the loving relationship between a grandmother and her grandsons as they explore the natural world around them and celebrate differences in nature and ourselves. Read full book review >

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ROSALIND by Myra Goldberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Rites of passage for the boomers—whose angsts, even when life-threatening, seem overanalyzed and overblown—coolly observed in taut, edgy prose."
In one of those literate and hip novels that are more about the head than the heart, an unexpected encounter with mortality is the catalyst for a family of urban sophisticates to examine their lives and finally grow up. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 26, 1998

"Margarette Lincoln's The Pirate's Handbook (1995) has only tidbits about a few of these women pirates, but delivers that information in a colorful, pleasing format. (maps, bibliography, index) (Biography. 11-13)"
These tales of women pirates show that the ``gentle sex'' could be dastardly, too. Read full book review >

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INFINITYGLASS by Myra McEntire
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Teen romance with, as Dr. Who (one of those pop-culture referents) might say, some 'timey-wimey stuff' makes for good fun. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Teens race to save time and space in this fast-paced third book. Read full book review >

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HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire
Released: May 14, 2011

"The ambitious combination of paranormal romance and sci-fi action leads to some pacing problems but also makes for a refreshing read. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Troubled teen Emerson Cole returns to her Southern hometown and old "haunts" in this genre-blending story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"MacPherson is fearless herself in considering such contradictions as a muckraking millionaire, delivering a welcome and readable study of the influential journalist, ever missed."
"I don't think the primary job of a free journalist in a free society is digging out the dirt. . . . The primary job is not to disgrace anybody or defame them, but to provide understanding." Read full book review >

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WATER FROM THE WELL by Myra McLarey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Complicated characters not easily forgotten, and prose both elegant and original: a satisfying draw from the wells of this promising new writer's imagination. (First printing of 25,000; $30,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A lyrical first novel skillfully weaves a glowing, richly textured tapestry that captures the warp and weft of a time and place with exquisite humanity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TALE OF LIGHT AND SHADOW by Jacob Gowans
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Occasional sparks of inspiration fail to kindle a sodden heap of anemic roles and tropes. (free prequel available for download) (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Young lovers flee the clutches of a scheming emperor in this ponderous series opener. Read full book review >

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B IS FOR BABY by Myra Cohn Livingston
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The babies—in a multiracial array—are portrayed in inventive photographs that convey the children as strong individuals; when photo and poem mesh, the result can be quite winsome. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A photograph album of ordinary verses about extraordinary babies by a poet (Festivals, p. 456, etc.) who has written more portentous works, but perhaps not such personal ones. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's not a book for browsersthe poems are most revealing when read togetherbut is a teaching tool, by students, to use with and inspire other students. (index) (Poetry. 10+)"
The process of writing poetry can be looked at as a chicken-or-egg problem: Which comes first, the images or the words? Read full book review >

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CALL DOWN THE MOON by Myra Cohn Livingston
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A lyrical, boisterous, humorous, and tender celebration of music. (indexes) (Anthology/poetry. 10+)"
A collection of poems from Livingston (If You Ever Meet a Whale, 1992, etc.) with a focus on music in all its variety, loosely organized into 12 sections, with titles such as ``Fiddles and Cellos'' and ``Brass and Percussion'' (featuring poems about instruments), ``Time to Practice,'' ``Other Musicians'' (the music of nature), and ``All of Me Sings.'' From William Shakespeare and William Blake to Langston Hughes and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the offerings run the gamut, with room for the melancholy of Paul Verlain's ``Autumn Song'' (``Autumn's long sobbing/Violin throbbing/A tuneless strain'') as well as the bolder, brassier joys of John Ciardi and Valerie Worth. Read full book review >