Search Results: "Norman Van Aken"


BOOK REVIEW

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY by Norman Van Aken
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2013

"A lively romp into the frenetic life of a significant American chef."
One man's journey from short-order cook to acclaimed chef. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY BIRDS by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"While Norman's book is pleasing and upbeat, it is only a cursory glance, lacking any real substance. (Graphic nonfiction. 6-10)"
A graphic novel tells the story of two urban falcons raising their young high upon a Midwestern edifice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPOOK THE HALLOWEEN CAT by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"A well-meaning narrative fail. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
On Halloween, a series of events leads to a young girl, a helpful man, a lost cat, a friendly witch, and an excitable dog crossing paths with mixed results. Read full book review >

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THE LAND OF NEVERBELIEVE by Norman Messenger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2012

"For young would-be tourists as well as students of nature's more fanciful imaginary reaches, the next best thing to an actual visit. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Free-floating imagination meets artistic expertise in this visual record of the exotic flora, fauna and (more or less) human residents encountered on an unexpected visit to an elusive island. Read full book review >

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AN EYE FOR COLOR by Norman Silver
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Silver is a penetrating observer of his native society, but he sees no light at the end of the tunnel. (Fiction. 12-18)"
In a series of interconnected short stories, a young boy grows up in a South African Jewish family. Read full book review >

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ALBION'S DREAM by Roger Norman
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Goodbye, Mr. Chips where events have the potential for going wickedly awry—it's all in the roll of the dice. (Fiction. 12+)"
Edward Yeoman and his cousin John Hadley begin to play an ancient, handmade game called Albion's Dream without realizing, at first, that events they set in motion on the board are also transpiring, in parallel, in real life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARSENIO HALL by Norman King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 1993

"MPSLUGMISTER Stardust battles bad vibes from the critics and wins the moon. (Photos—not seen.)"
Another centimeter-deep celebio from King (Madonna, 1991; Everybody Loves Oprah!, 1987, etc.), and one with no research acknowledgements, pointing up King's failure to land an interview with Hall or anyone close to him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1999

"While skewering the media, Solomon commits the same sins of which he finds them guilty: sensationalism, superficiality, banality."
Populist excoriation of the US media that amuses but never quite enlightens. Read full book review >