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 >

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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

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

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Obvious and therefore easily overlooked, Wallison's interpretation of the Reagan style has a credible ring, whether or not one agrees with Reagan's agenda. (10 b&w photos)"
Erstwhile White House counsel Wallison earmarks the reasons for his former boss's success as president, seeking to reveal the heart of how Reagan governed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IRIS MURDOCH by Peter J. Conradi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Illuminating, but as the author himself suggests, it's the beginning of the discussion about Murdoch's life, not the end. (50 photos, not seen)"
A long but selective biography that focuses on the distinguished British novelist as an expert on love, emphasizing her many affairs and intense friendships. 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 >

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THE PRINCE AND THE PROSECUTOR by Peter J. Heck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Meaty fare for fans of the quasi-historical, with nicely done period detail and atmosphere."
Third in this Kirkus reviewer's series (Death on the Mississippi, 1995, etc.) featuring Samuel Clemens at the height of his fame as Mark Twain, his young Yale grad secretary, Wentworth Cabot (who narrates), and a voyage by ship. Read full book review >