Search Results: "Peter j. Thornton"


BOOK REVIEW

EVERYBODY BRINGS NOODLES by Norah Dooley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Add it to the menu. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A neighborhood celebrates America's birthday by sharing its ethnic dishes in this latest of the Everybody series (Everybody Serves Soup, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERYBODY SERVES SOUP by Norah Dooley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2000

"The recipes included give readers an opportunity to test that notion in a book more cookery than fiction, more work-a-day than holiday. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Dooley (Everybody Bakes Bread, 1996, etc.) dishes up another premise for Carrie to eat her way around her multicultural neighborhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERYBODY BAKES BREAD by Norah Dooley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 1996

"Although the plot is very much driven by the mission—to show bread from various traditions- -and subplots about a planned kickball game or large puddles only pad it out, this is an appealing combination of story and cookbook. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The team behind Everybody Cooks Rice (1991, not reviewed) returns to the same multiethnic neighborhood on a rainy day when everyone is inside baking bread. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"A well-delineated albeit depressing portrait of America's present guiding political philosophy."
A learned and lively political harangue insists that America's recent foreign-policy failures are the result of conservative principles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GOOD FAMILY by Peter J. Smith
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Despite some flat patches, then, a dead-on portrait of family unhappiness."
A somewhat stiff but nonetheless poignant meditation on a hard-drinking WASP family's unrealized promise and collective denial, by the author of Make-Believe Ballrooms (1989) and Highlights of the Off-Season, 1986. ``Jam'' Knowles, almost 40 and recently separated from his wife, breaks into the island home, off the southeastern coast of New England, where he summered as a boy to spend a few days with his memories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Peter J. Heck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"The first of a planned trilogy by longtime Kirkus reviewer Heck."
Faced with bankruptcy after a series of disastrous investments, Samuel L. Clemens, a.k.a. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAYING A VIRGINIA MOON by Peter J. Neumann
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Furthermore, Chet's humorless intensity will alienate readers as it isolates him from the rest of the cast; his eventual failure in the Big Race (the day after finding Fiske and Holman necking at a party) is unlikely to elicit much sympathy or understanding. (Fiction. YA)"
An overwritten (though sometimes compelling) story of a track star shooting for a record-breaking season. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUMPET BLUES by Peter J. Levinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Impressive, and a fascinating read not only for fans of jazz, but for students of 20th-century history, Hollywood, and the music business."
Leading jazz publicist Levinson makes his literary debut with this biography of the late bandleader, who in the '40s and '40s established himself as a rival to Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, among others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 3, 2009

"Filled with some good popular science, but to find it you have to wend through Bentley's over-the-top idea of a really bad day."
Things go relentlessly, inexorably wrong in this account of a day in the life of a hapless hero who should have stayed in bed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN CRIMINAL COURT by Peter J. Heck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Packed with casual racists, unregenerate Civil War veterans, superstitious rationalists, and poseurs of every stripe—exactly the sort of colorful cast that brings its satiric hero's famous talent for unmasking pretension into brilliant relief."
His 1894 lecture tour takes Sam Clemens, a.k.a. Read full book review >