Search Results: "Paul Conklin"


BOOK REVIEW

NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Ashabranner's comments about youthful illegals will be of particular interest to young readers; his is a levelheaded approach to an incendiary topic at a compact length. (b&w photos, not seen, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
A balanced, factual discussion of the problem of illegal immigration to the US, in which Ashabranner (Still a Nation of Immigrants, 1993, etc.) focuses primarily on the Mexican border. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
North of Tibet, bordering on Pakistan and Afghanistan, lies Xinjiang: a vast 20% of China's area, comprised of the terrible Taklamakan Desert (home to untapped petroleum and China's nuclear tests) ringed with oases fed by mountain snows. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE GIRL by Tara Conklin
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Provocative issues of race and gender intertwine in earnest if uneven issues-oriented fiction."
Former litigator Conklin's first novel employs the increasingly popular technique of overlapping contemporary and historical fictions—in this case, the lives of a young lawyer defining herself in 21st-century New York and a young slave with secret talents in 19th-century Virginia. Read full book review >

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CITY KIDS IN CHINA by Peggy Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1991

"A good book that could have been excellent. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The team responsible for the well-reviewed Keepers and Creatures at the National Zoo (1988) here presents a less successful book based on their visit to China. Read full book review >

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COUNTING THYME by Melanie Conklin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Thyme's remarkable perseverance and resilience will inspire readers of Conklin's compassionate tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her younger brother's critical illness and a transcontinental move create upheaval in 11-year-old Thyme's life. Read full book review >

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AN ANCIENT HERITAGE by Brent Ashabranner
NONFICTION
Released: April 15, 1991

A fascinating picture of this large but inconspicuous group (between two and three million). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"An important historical document, but not for general readers. (photos, not seen)"
A thoroughly researched but ultimately unreadable diary of a Civil War—era nurse and smuggler, edited by Conklin, a Gettysburg battlefield guide and lecturer on women in the Civil War. Read full book review >

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PAUL AUSTER
by J.W. Bonner

We live our lives mostly in the moment, but also attendant to the question of what if?— what if we had lived in that town rather than the one I know? what if my father (or mother) had died? what if my parents had divorced? what if I had attended school X rather than school Y? what if I ...


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PAMELA PAUL
by Claiborne Smith

Readers who know Pamela Paul’s books before she became the editor of the New York Times Book Review know that they are serious works of nonfiction: The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony (2002), Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families (2005), and Parenting, Inc.: How the Billion-Dollar Baby Business Has Changed the Way ...


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"FitzGerald overcomes her book's few flaws to produce an absorbing tale of survival, love, and the generosity of people who helped save their lives."
The account of a transformational South American odyssey that tested the author and her husband to the limit. Read full book review >

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WHERE SHERLOCK HOLMES MEETS FANTASY
by John DeNardo

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he'd say that nothing in the world is certain except death, taxes, and Sherlock Holmes stories. Sherlock Holmes, the iconic consulting detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, is a perennial mainstay in the literary world. What's not to like? Holmes' methods of investigation and deductions are flawless and the ...


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MUHAMMAD ALI by Thomas Conklin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"B&w photos not seen. (Biography. 11-14)"
A new biography of the foremost boxer of our time emphasizes Ali's stubborn unwillingness to fit the low-profile ``Credit to His Race'' mold of his predecessors: his loud (and eminently quotable) self-promotion; his conversion to the Nation of Islam; and, especially, his refusal to be drafted, which cost him years of court battles, much of his career, and (temporarily) his title and boxing credentials. Read full book review >