Search Results: "Neil MacNeil"


BOOK REVIEW

THE AMERICAN SENATE by Neil MacNeil
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2013

"A useful, engaging primer for anyone wishing to understand the politics, precedent and procedures that have shaped the Senate."
Two longtime observers of our government in action offer a multidimensional study of the history, traditions and culture of the United States Senate. Read full book review >

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BREAKING NEWS by Robert MacNeil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A zesty blend of froth and fury that, despite its unevenness, should be MacNeil's most commercial book yet. (Author tour)"
TV newsroom tell-all from the former PBS co-anchor. Read full book review >

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BURDEN OF DESIRE by Robert MacNeil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 1992

"MacNeil writes wonderfully well and has a great deal to say about intelligent, middle-class people trying to sort things out in the face of calamity."
PBS newsman MacNeil's first novel is about sex and war and love and loyalty and civic calamity in early 20th-century Halifax. Read full book review >

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THE VOYAGE by Robert MacNeil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A lightweight but enjoyable read. (Author tour)"
Newsman MacNeil follows 1992's much-lauded Burden of Desire (1992) with this smoothly told if soap-operatic tale of a long and sweaty affair between a Canadian diplomat and a Caribbean fashion model. Read full book review >

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WORDSTRUCK: A Memoir by Robert MacNeil
Released: March 30, 1989

From the co-host of the MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour (author of The Right Place at the Right Time and The Story of English), a warm and embracing memoir of a childhood in Halifax, Nova Scotia, constantly touching upon the author's ongoing romance with the English language and its literature. Read full book review >

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RULES OF THUMB by Jerry MacNeil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2017

"An honest look at ugliness, hope, and love in a struggling small town."
In this debut novel, an act of destruction sends a high school football player's life spiraling toward blessed terrain. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2003

"In any case, there's not much Broadway razzle-dazzle in these extremely decorous pages, but MacNeil's seen enough to keep his reminiscences percolating."
A quarter-century after Wordstruck (1989), MacNeil returns to the memoir form to limn the slow accrual of character definitions, highlighted by critical historical episodes, which marked him as a newsman and shaped his journey from Canadian birth to US citizenship. Read full book review >

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THE SECRETS TO RULING SCHOOL (WITHOUT EVEN TRYING) by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Max's proposed campaign and Swaab's oblique storytelling style are equally engaging, though the latter definitely tends to work better. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 10-12)"
Middle school newbies concerned about fitting in could do worse than fall for this breezy sales pitch from self-appointed "life coach" Max Corrigan. Probably. Read full book review >

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THE BATTLE OF LEXINGTON AND CONCORD by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"Multilevel bibliography. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Using color photos of modern reenactments, plus a well- organized commentary enlivened by historical detail, the author/photographer of The Battle of Gettysburg (1989) re-creates the ``shot heard `round the world'' and the rest of the Revolutionary War's opening engagement. Read full book review >

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BIG-TOP CIRCUS by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"But when Johnson does get specific, as in explaining how a young woman hangs by her hair, the information is so fresh and unusual as to make the rest of the book mundane by comparison. (Picture book/Nonfiction. 4-8)"
An exploration of one of the last of a vanishing breed of travelling entertainments—the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus. Read full book review >

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THE PROMISED LAND by Neil Waldman
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Heavy on text and not likely to appeal to a younger crowd. (Picture book. 11+)"
Waldman (Too Young For Yiddish, p. 106, etc) begins by asking why of all the ancient cultures and religions of the Mediterranean only the Jews have survived. Read full book review >

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JACK CREEK COWBOY by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An attractive, realistic portrayal of present practice in an occupation where, in the popular mind, the myths are still strong. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
The author of several photo documentaries (All in a Day's Work, 1989) depicts two boys helping their ranch-hand dad herd cattle. Read full book review >