Search Results: "Nancy Crocker"


BOOK REVIEW

BILLIE STANDISH WAS HERE by Nancy Crocker
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2007

"Set in the late 1960s and early '70s, this tender, touching account of intergenerational friendship provides rich historical context for two memorable female characters who redefine the meaning of family and love. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A lonely girl in rural Missouri develops a friendship with her elderly neighbor that transforms her life. Read full book review >

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BETTY LOU BLUE by Nancy Crocker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Pair this with Feet Man and Mr. Tiny (April 2006) for a foot-long storytime theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Betty Lou Blue had the world's largest feet. Whackety, thwackety, flappety feet." Read full book review >

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THE TALE OF THE SWAMP RAT by Carter Crocker
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Despite a contrived climax, readers may enjoy Crocker's low-key brand of humor and non-preachy philosophizing. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Like its drought-stricken Florida swamp setting, there is a steady but sluggish flow to this folksy, philosophical debut that may lose less patient readers, but those who stick with it may hear echoes of both Wind in the Willows and The Jungle Book. Read full book review >

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LAST OF THE GULLIVERS by Carter Crocker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"Fast-paced action, a sympathetic main character and appealing alternate reality combine here for a kid-friendly introduction to a classic. (Magical adventure. 10-14)"
Young readers won't need to have read Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels to enjoy this fantasy about a contemporary kid who comes across a village of Lilliputians by accident. Read full book review >

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THE OLD LIMEY by III Crocker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"Silly, but not funny, and poorly plotted to boot."
A retired, reactionary British brigadier general searches L.A. for his missing goddaughter in this lugubrious would-be farce, a first novel from the author of Robert E. Lee on Leadership (not reviewed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1993

"Stephenson intelligently pieces together autopsy and police reports, newspaper accounts, and court testimony to tell his grisly and creepy, but irresistible, story. (Thirty b&w photographs—not seen)"
Using what he calls ``novelistic strategies,'' Milwaukee Sentinel reporter Stephenson vividly recounts events surrounding the July 4, 1987, murder of five members of the bizarre Kunz family of northern Wisconsin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FINDING JACK by Gareth Crocker
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A predictable plot with a sentimental streak a mile wide."
Soldier finds dog. Soldier loses dog. Soldier finds dog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE by Terri Blom Crocker
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"The style is traditional, even stodgy, while the discoveries may be revolutionary in World War I historiography."
A doctoral candidate and senior paralegal debuts with a sharp look at the so-called "Christmas truce" of 1914, discovering that distortion has colored many accounts of it—and of World War I itself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THOSE WHO REMAIN by Ruth W. Crocker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A moving exploration of widowhood."
Crocker's memoir about her decision to disinter the coffin where she buried her husband's letters 40 years earlier, after his death in Vietnam. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"A dramatic story told with engaging verve, becoming modesty, and beguiling wit by an astute practitioner of statecraft. (Photographs—not seen.)"
A former assistant secretary of state's riveting memoir—as much a primer on diplomacy as an eyewitness account—of his eight- year-long effort to bring peace to southern Africa. Read full book review >

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NANCY MACLEAN
by Jody Seaborn

It seems inevitable the phrase “vast right-wing conspiracy” will pop into your head while reading Duke University historian Nancy MacLean’s disquieting Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. After all, the phrase made famous by Hillary Clinton in the 1990s popped into MacLean’s head a few times while she researched and wrote her ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ALL KINDS OF KISSES by Nancy Tafuri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2012

"Many bedtime books featuring animal sounds exist, but few are executed with such skill; this one has the potential to become a classic. (Picture book. 1-4)"
That picture-book master for the very young, Caldecott Honoree Tafuri (Have You Seen My Duckling?, 1985), proves the barnyard a fertile setting in her latest offering. Read full book review >