Search Results: "Pat Harris"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2013

"A no-holds-barred indictment of the system, filled with memorable anecdotes and accessibly written."
Two high-profile defense lawyers pull back the curtain on the U.S. criminal justice system and find much to criticize. Read full book review >

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THE WOMAN WHO WOULDN’T TALK by Susan McDougal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2003

"Even with her memory gaps, no reader will feel McDougal got what she deserved, or that the grand-jury process can be anything less than the rotten apple in the legal barrel."
The trials of Whitewater defendant McDougal, a sorry case who isn't afraid to admit it but never deserved the treatment dished out by Kenneth Starr's janissaries. Read full book review >

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JESSICA B. HARRIS
by Maya Payne Smart

Scenic and engaging, My Soul Looks Back recounts the years author Jessica B. Harris spent on the periphery of a circle of friends that included literary powerhouses James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. The memoir spans the globe and several decades to describe the fascinating group.

Harris was in a relationship with Baldwin’s close friend Samuel Clemens Floyd III ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PIE FOR CHUCK by Pat Schories
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Fine for a read-alone but like dynamite for a read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8) "
A pie cooling on a windowsill and passing miscreants of all stripes make for an inexorable combustion. Read full book review >

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TEN RED APPLES by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2000

"A welcome addition to the counting-book genre, Hutchins's playful tale is an edifying and energetic romp. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A farmer's bountiful apple tree is besieged by his hungry livestock in this lively countdown from the author of countless clever concept books. Read full book review >

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MY BEST FRIEND by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1993

"A deceptively simple story with real insight, refreshing as a bright spring day. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The narrator—a dark-skinned preschooler—describes the many ways her friend surpasses her: she runs faster, climbs farther, eats spaghetti neatly, can do her own buttons, and even knows how to read. ``I'm glad she's my best friend,'' the child reiterates; still, when the friend sleeps over, at bedtime her host is the one who knows that there's no monster blowing the curtains—only the wind. Read full book review >

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MOUSE AROUND by Pat  Schories
ANIMALS
Released: May 9, 1991

"An unusually strong debut. (Picture book. 2-8)"
There's plenty to discover and discuss in this carefully devised wordless story: A baby mouse, awakened by a dripping pipe, falls into the plumber's pocket to begin an adventurous journey that takes it out the door in the resident paperboy's doughnut and to various places around town before—having made numerous transfers (all unobserved by the humans) from one conveyance to another and survived dangers (including a cat and a garbage truck)—it serendipitously makes its way back, via an oblivious visitor's hat, to drop down the kitchen sink through the still-open-ended pipe, into its basement home. Read full book review >

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MY AUNT CAME BACK by Pat Cummings
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"The aunt wears wild and exotic clothing throughout, and sports wonderfully decorated and adorned braids, but what emerges is her independence and sense of adventure, which she succinctly and affectionately passes on to her niece in very few pages. (Board book. 1-3)"
An unusual board book—and entry in the Harper Growing Tree series—that stars an irresistible aunt and a galloping text. Read full book review >

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THERE’S ONLY ONE OF ME! by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"But readers familiar with Hutchins's other classic works will delight in her exploration of the various familial roles and may want to work out their own. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Celebrating all the roles that she has within her own family, one birthday girl explores her sometimes complex relationships with each of its members. Read full book review >

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ANGEL BABY by Pat Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Older siblings will really appreciate this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cummings (My Aunt Came Back, 1998, etc.) provides another glimpse of real life in this exuberant family story. Read full book review >

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TIDY TITCH by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Spare, deftly tuned dialogue and the colorful illustrations quietly amplify the humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Remarkably, Titch's room (Titch, 1971)is immaculate, while those of his older sibs are in such disarray that Mother orders a cleanup. ``I'll help,'' offers Titch, who then obliging takes on all Mary's and Peter's outgrown, broken, and otherwise discarded belongings; the predictable result makes a deliciously funny last page. Read full book review >

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PETEY MORONI'S CAMP RUNAMOK DIARY by Pat Cummings
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 30, 1992

"Good summer fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The title sets the tone for this lighthearted look at a bunch of normally ebullient kids outwitted by a crafty raccoon who snitches most of the snacks they've brought to camp, despite their increasingly ingenious hiding places. Read full book review >