Search Results: "Orville Wright"


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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 15, 1991

"Like Lincoln (Newbery Medal, 1988), this is familiar but retold in a manner so fresh and immediate that reading it is like discovering the material for the first time. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Using illuminating facts and incidents to place the story of this monumental achievement in the history of aeronautics and in the brothers' personal lives, Freedman focuses on the events that led to the first successful flight and on the Wrights' subsequent improvements on their invention. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Schell doesn't give as immediate a sense of life in China as do Kristof and WuDunn in China Wakes (p. 826), nor has he travelled as widely, but he brings great analytical power and understanding to one of the most important political stories of our time. (Author tour)"
The latest in a splendid series by Schell (Discos and Democracy, 1988, etc.), extending over 20 years and tracking momentous changes in the world's most populous country. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2000

"Schell's reality check will surely spoil lots of sincere, if vapid, dreams out there, but if Hollywood is indeed the dream merchant (as Schell acknowledges even by his own starcrossed lights), that can't be all bad, or bad at all."
Schell (Mandate of Heaven, 1994, etc.) explores ``the depths of our collectively imagined Western version of Tibet as it seemed on the brink of reemerging in popular culture'' through the mythmaking of overheated reports sent home from travelers and in the technicolor fantasies of Hollywood. Read full book review >

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THE AGE OF LINCOLN by Orville Vernon Burton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2007

"A history of ideas that adds little to our understanding of Civil War events but offers provocative thoughts about how Americans did or (mostly) did not live up to Lincoln's ideals."
Freeing the slaves was not the Great Emancipator's greatest legacy, argues Burton (History/Univ. of Illinois). Read full book review >

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WEALTH AND POWER by Orville Schell
NON-FICTION
Released: July 16, 2013

"An astute, knowledgeable and nicely accessible history and assessment of China for all readers."
From humiliation to glory: A vigorous scouring of the historical record by two crack Chinese scholars fleshes out the troughs and triumphs of Chinese greatness. Read full book review >

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A TOWER OF GIRAFFES by Anna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"This brief, exquisite overview may well have readers wishing for a sequel—or consulting reference books to find out more collective nouns. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
From a gaggle of geese to an ostentation of peacocks, a gathering of collective nouns. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET CIRCUS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"A quiet, comforting debut, best shared snuggled close together. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Somewhere, beneath the twinkling lights of Paris, there is a circus. Read full book review >

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JAKE STARTS SCHOOL by Michael Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"The preposterously shaped characters, pithy rhymes and the many emotions expressed by just a few differently drawn lines make this an enjoyable graphic experience. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Bug-eyed Jake is back (Jake Stays Awake, 2007) with another problem in this very funny addition to the canon of stories about starting kindergarten. Read full book review >

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JAKE STAYS AWAKE by Michael Wright
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Co-sleeping parents who want to reclaim their territory may want to take notes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Co-sleeping taken to the extreme is the topic of this debut. Read full book review >

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PLOTLESS, POINTLESS, PATHETIC by Joshua Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Captain's outings so third grade? (Fiction. 9-11)"
Monty Python meets Captain Underpants in a prose/cartoon hybrid from Down Under featuring Sir Glame, a puffed-up, borderline psychopath in armor, and his sarcastic equine sidekick Bill. Read full book review >

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THE ORCHESTRA PIT by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Back at the right pit, the snake twists into a treble clef—a charming endnote. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A snake meandering into "the wrong pit" leads readers through this appealing introduction to an orchestra and its instruments—brass, wind instruments, strings and percussion. Read full book review >