Search Results: "Philip G Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

FIRE IN THE FOREST by Philip G Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 13, 2013

"This jumble of recollections and facts tends to go wherever the wind blows, but it still serves up intriguing, well-told scenes."
Colorful anecdotes and informative lore crackle through this entertaining though unfocused memoir of fighting forest fires. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Thorough research and thick disdain form a corrosive substance that consumes the brazen racist Marshall."
Smith (History/Nichols Coll.; Green Republican: John Saylor and the Preservation of America's Wilderness, 2006, etc.) charts the sordid racial history of the Washington Redskins, the last NFL team to field black players. Read full book review >

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From My Heart to Your Heart 2 by Alicia G. Smith-Mackall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fans of the previous collection will warm to this one's subject matter, although some of the prose seems amateurish."
Smith-Mackall's second book of poetry continues to explore her faith and identity. Read full book review >

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WALKING THROUGH WALLS by Philip Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"A distanced portrait of an eccentric family that fails to engage."
In his debut memoir, former GQ managing editor Smith pays underwhelming homage to his father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN LITTLE MUMMIES by Philip Yates
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"And the misadventures here will draw chortles from young readers. (Picture book. 6-8)"
" ‘This is the pits!' / said a mummy one day, / ‘I am bored stiff— / let's go outside and PLAY!' " Ten little mummies venture out of their "dreary old tomb" for a day of heatstroke, sudden winds, and encounters with various predators, all of which whittle their number down one by one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"But the mystery barely raises interest, even among the detectives."
Mystery veterans Craig (A Fatal Vineyard Season, 1999, etc.) and Tapply (Muscle Memory, 1999, etc.) present their inaugural collaboration in alternating first-person narratives. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Wrenching human drama, bogged down in a plethora of details that often make for tedious reading."
A dismaying account of bureaucracy at its red-tape-bound worst. Read full book review >

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THIRD STRIKE by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 4, 2007

"An exciting third case (Second Sight, 2005, etc.) for a team reminiscent of Holmes and Watson, or Spenser and Hawk."
The tranquility of Martha's Vineyard is disturbed by a ferry strike and a pair of murders. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A heartfelt plea for further progress, which raises as many questions as it answers."
Both experts in government and history, Klinkner (Hamilton Coll.; The Losing Parties, not reviewed) and Smith (Yale; Civic Ideals, not reviewed ) mean to "sound an alarm" about the still poor state of race relations in the US. Read full book review >

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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: FORERUNNER TO AMERICAN HORROR
by Andrew Liptak

It’s almost a rite of passage in high school: your English teacher takes out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel The Scarlet Letter, and you, as a student, have to slog through the antiquated prose and story for several weeks. Friends and family don’t remember the book fondly, but recently, I’ve begun to understand just how critical The Scarlet Letter and ...


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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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BOOK REVIEW

VALENTINE AND HIS VIOLIN by Philip Hopman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Delightful whether or not you've ever attempted to play a stringed instrument. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Valentine's violin teacher says he's doing very well, but the effect of his playing on others is dramatic in a different sense. Read full book review >