Search Results: "Owen Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

WILLIAM AND THE LOST SPIRIT by Gwen de Benneval
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2013

"An interesting, distinctive adventure for readers tolerant of ambiguity. (notes, discussions) (Graphic fantasy/adventure. 13 & up)"
A sprawling, richly imagined medieval adventure follows a young boy's quest to find his father's missing spirit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YEAR OF THE TIGER by S. Owen Smith
Released: April 30, 2004

"With a bit of polish, Smith will be one to watch."
A top gun re-evaluates her Naval career during a seven-day military operation against China. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGNUS AT THE FIRE by Jennifer Armstrong
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Children, horse lovers or no, will long remember him. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Shrugging off attempts to replace him with a motorized truck, an old fire horse breaks through fences whenever he hears the bell, and not only beats the newfangled engine to fires repeatedly, to the annoyance of the Captain, but comes through in the clutch when the machine breaks down. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CASTLE IN THE STARS by Alex Alice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Like the best steampunk, this story is one excellent distraction after another, with enough blueprints to hold people's attention while they're waiting for Book 2. (Graphic steampunk. 10-16)"
Some people will love this fanciful tale of a 19th-century space race so much they never finish it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRAZY ABOUT CATS by Owen Davey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"There's lots going on here, and all of it good. (index) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
An informational picture book explores the mammal family of felids—cats. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

DAVID OWEN
by Alex Layman

The American West has long been a place of myth and wonder, of dramatic canyons, mesas, and mountain ranges. These dramatic landscapes have wooed Americans for centuries, and The New Yorker’s David Owen isn’t immune to its siren song. Though Owen has lived in Connecticut for most of his adult life, he spent the summers of his youth in ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 2004

"A neat piece of creative nonfiction. (Map, photos)"
Poet Sheers, a descendant of his subject, lustrously re-creates the life of Reverend Arthur Cripps: poet, African missionary, thwarted father, a man about six leagues ahead of his European contemporaries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"Weirdly attention-grabbing. What Witold Rybczynski did for the screwdriver, Owen does for the photocopier. (Photos and illustrations)"
New Yorker staff writer Owen (The Making of the Masters, 1999, etc.) fluidly recounts the story of the "most successful product ever marketed in America." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RAIL by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Artfully muddled dynamics and good baseball scenes, but all that's interesting about The Rail is in his past: he's subdued in the story's present to the point of being a nonentity."
A sixth from Richmond, Virginia, newspaper editor Owen (Harry and Ruth, 2000, etc.) offers more of his scrambled-family specialties. This time, a baseball Hall-of-Famer on a long downward slide tries for a turnaround after his release from prison by reconnecting with his half-sister and his son. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"His pen is facile, his stories pleasing and fleeting."
Humorous, genial tales of living in a small New England town, in a big old house demanding a handyman's talents that New Yorker writer Owen (The Walls Around Us, 1991, etc.) doesn't possess. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"One of the better reflections on the war in Iraq, with enough sense of on-the-ground combat reality to hold disturbing portents for future 'small wars.'"
Gripping, disturbing account of American advisors in Iraq, focused on several National Guardsmen and the Iraqi soldiers (jundis) they trained. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HINDSIGHT by Owen Banner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2013

"A high-stakes suspense novel with a breakneck pace and strong voice."
A debut novel about an Irish-American ex-con combines the appeal of the thriller and noir fiction genres in a style similar to that of Lee Child's Jack Reacher books. Read full book review >