Search Results: "Patrick W. Picciarelli"


BOOK REVIEW

UNDERCOVER COP by Michael Russell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Will satisfy true-crime readers interested in the grimy realities behind Mafia glamour and undercover work."
Memoir of infiltration of the New Jersey Mafia, told with bluster and bravado. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"Serious students of criminal justice and casual true-crime fans alike will thus find more than just entertainment here."
Wagner represents a dying breed in contemporary law enforcement: the maverick, street-schooled, older cop who winds up operating within and beyond legal boundaries. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"A swashbuckling book that is likely to elicit extreme reactions of applause or disapproval depending on the reader's personal opinions about law enforcement."
A retired New York Police Department detective relates the saga of his adolescence in New York City, his chance decision to join the force, his storied career (1970-1984), and the serious injury that forced his retirement. Read full book review >

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CORRIDOR OF DARKNESS by Patrick W. O'Bryon
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An intriguing early WWII spy yarn set in a well-researched, authentic Germany."
A young American student living in Berlin during the rise of the Nazis turns to a life of espionage in O'Bryon's debut novel. Read full book review >

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JULY IS A MAD MOSQUITO by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"(Poetry/Picture book. 6-10)"
A baker's dozen of lightly lyrical poems in a cycle of months summed up in a final entry: ``January's a polar bear;/February's a mole....'' Though he offers few epiphanies, Lewis's descriptions are vivid, his images are fresh and appealing, and he makes deft use of a variety of rhyme schemes and verse forms, including a lovely haiku for August: ``At bedtime, outside/my room...nighthawk and trainsong/on the wind's guitar.'' Hall's stylized art, in a rainbow of yummy hues as bright as Italian ices, makes this useful offering especially attractive. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL TWITTY
by Gregory McNamee

Recipes, like people, have DNA. It may take some ferreting out, some hard kitchen testing, some documentary research, and some more tasting and adjusting, but eventually that yellowed slip of paper tucked into grandmom’s copy of Joy of Cooking will yield its ancestry, reveal its origins through the patina of the past, and show how tastes and ingredients have changed ...


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RENEE PATRICK
by Gerald Bartell

Reach for the popcorn. The silver screen sleuths from Paramount Pictures, one-time would be actress Lillian Fox and costume designer Edith Head (based upon the real life Oscar winner) team up for their second case in Renee Patrick’s Dangerous to Know. With Marlene Dietrich, Errol Flynn, Jack Benny, and George Burns firing off great lines, the caper is as much ...


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BOOK REVIEW

YOU ARE THE FIRST KID ON MARS by Patrick O’Brien
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

Pairing a present-tense text to photorealistic digital paintings, O'Brien invites readers to take an entirely credible journey to Mars. Read full book review >

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ROSIE RABBIT'S BOOK OF OPPOSITES by Patrick Yee
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"The bright paintbox colors and Rosie herself are the primary attractions for very young readers, but authors such as Rosemary Wells and Byron Barton did it first, and did it better. (Board book. 2-5)"
Yee juxtaposes images of Rosie the rabbit's front and back, Rosie on a hot day and a cold day, Rosie under an umbrella and over a gate. Read full book review >

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ALBERT AND THE ALPHABETIMALS by Patrick  O'Toole
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2012

"Overall, though, O'Toole's iPad app delivers on a basic premise: Learning can be simple, imaginative and fun. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
Albert thinks "learning ABC's [is] a bore. / He'd rather go on safari, take some pictures and explore"...and so he does. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTERS' MONSTER by Patrick McDonnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Make time to share with young monsters everywhere. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tiny Grouch, Grump and Gloom 'n' Doom (who has two heads) continually bicker about who is the most impressive monster. When the solution they come up with turns out to be different from what they expected, a surprising but welcome lesson is eventually learned. Read full book review >

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ME...JANE by Patrick McDonnell
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 5, 2011

"Backmatter includes a pithy biography, additional photographs and a letter and drawing from Jane herself—children will thrill at the connection. (Picture book/biography. 2-10)"
Little Jane Goodall and Jubilee (her toy chimpanzee) ramble outside their English country home observing everyday animal miracles and dreaming of a life in Africa, "living with, / and helping, / all animals." Read full book review >