Search Results: "Nan Watkins"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"A time-honoring narrative: Descriptive, contemplative, and a prod to get on with it ourselves."
As though she had taken a vow to awareness, Watkins, a musician and travel essayist, pays attention to the everyday elements as well as the grand themes in her globe-girdling journey. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Also real is the fact that Tammy's tenacity is never fully appreciated, even as she softens her principles and becomes slightly more understanding than seemed possible in the beginning. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's the summer of 1969, when astronauts land on the moon, and Tamara Ann Simpson is not having a good time. Read full book review >

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I’LL SING YOU ONE-O by Nan Gregory
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2006

"A unique voice, and fresh, beautifully written story. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Gemma's thoughts flow with lyricism from beginning to end. Read full book review >

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The Sacred Oath Chronicles - Book 2 by Nan Cederman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 10, 2014

"Despite a strong mythology, this sequel falters, spinning its wheels rather than advancing the plot."
A mystical tribe's search for their prophesied homeland continues in Cederman's (The Sacred Oath Chronicles, Book 1: Sway of the Moon, 2012) second novel in her New-Age fantasy series. Read full book review >

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SLAVERY by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

Contradictory statements, sweeping generalizations, and a general lack of focus make this history of slavery more an eye-glazer than an eye-opener. Read full book review >

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GLADIATOR by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The black-and-white drawings capture the elegance of the Roman Colosseum, and the excitement of the sea battles that were held at terrific expense; the renderings of the gladiators are consistently dramatic. (map, bibliography, further reading, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The heroic and bloody story of the Roman gladiators is retold in Watkins's debut work, a comprehensive and vividly illustrated guide that will impart his obvious passion for the subject to budding historians. Read full book review >

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The Sacred Oath Chronicles - Book 1 by Nan Cederman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2013

"A solid debut set in a vivid fantasy world."
A mystical apprentice uses her magical abilities against dark forces in Cederman's debut high-fantasy novel, the first in a planned series. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 1997

"But most impressive is Fink's commitment to finding the true meaning of Jewish prayer and practice."
There is a saying that it's hard to be a Jew. Read full book review >

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FAMILIES ARE FUNNY by Nan Hunt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"An Australian great-grandmother authored this pungent portrait of a universal irony; large format and Niland's amusingly exaggerated caricatures of the participants suit the book for group use. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cheery survey of the inconsistencies of the narrator's near and dear: Dad demands instant action when he wants something, but when she has a request for him, his answer is ``Not now...I'm busy.'' Brother Dave is glad to play ball with her, until his friends come over; Uncle Jack asks, ``What do you want to do?'' but then ``we do what he wants to do.'' Still, everyone rallies lovingly round when she gets sick. Read full book review >

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SOMEONE IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF AMERICA by Nan Lyons
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 30, 1993

"Bring mints."
SoufflÇ sequel to Someone is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe (1976)—just as brainlessly brilliant, sustained, and instantly dated in its trendiness as the Lyonses' somewhat better last outing, The President is Coming to Lunch (1988). Read full book review >

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A DOUBLE LIFE by Nan Goldin
Released: June 1, 1994

"Collectively, the photographs add up to something of a mixture between a (raw, very raw) family album and a photo essay that follows a group of impulsive, charismatic people from the end of the hippy era through the glam-party 1970s and into the age of AIDS."
Two old friends, photographers, survivors of druggy 1970s, and devotees of the drag-queen subculture, Goldin and Armstrong present photographs that summarize the long strange trip they've taken together. Read full book review >