Search Results: "Paul S. Conklin"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 29, 2016

"Provocative, especially in this election year, though unlikely to sway doctrinaire members of the reigning party."
A free market, purely capitalist in nature? It doesn't exist—not in this country, anyway, despite right-wing claims to the contrary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"This analysis of an important American educational story is somewhat plodding and dry, but the end result is coherent and insightful."
An authoritative study of the emergence of Jewish studies on the American campus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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EVIL ENVY by Paul S. Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A few stumbles but a sturdy mystery led by a curiously flawed protagonist."
A plastic surgeon looking into a friend's murder dives into an underworld of Russian mobsters and biker gangs in this thriller. 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 >