Search Results: "Philip Pettit"


BOOK REVIEW

JUST FREEDOM by Philip Pettit
NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2014

"Pettit's logical and humane yet ultimately utopian approach to human organizations will leave many muttering, 'If only!'"
Pettit (Politics and Human Values/Princeton Univ.; On the People's Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy, 2013, etc.) offers some clear definitions of justice and freedom and suggests what those definitions have meant in history—and could mean in the contemporary world. Read full book review >

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MY NAME IS SAN HO by Jayne Pettit
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"An earnest but uneven effort to guide readers toward greater sympathy for the challenges new immigrants face. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A Vietnamese youth witnesses the horrors of war in his native land, then escapes to a strange, sometimes frightening new country when his mother marries a G.I. The author signals her didactic intent with a preface, going on to tell a simple, theme-dominant story: surviving massacres and attacks, San Ho flees his village, spends three years in Saigon, then joins his mother and stepfather in a Philadelphia suburb, where the pleasures of plenty vie with his sense of dislocation. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, this is a fine introduction to the effects of war on ordinary people, often overlooked in books that focus on battles and strategies. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Eight true stories of children during WW II, covering a wide range of experiences, from aiding the French resistance to Japanese internment in Manzanar to life in the concentration camps. Read full book review >

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MAYA ANGELOU by Jayne Pettit
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Incredibly, not a word of her poetry or prose appears in this perfunctory rendering. (Biography. 8-11)"
In this dull entry in the Rainbow Biography series, Pettit (A Time to Fight Back, 1996, etc.) sets out to tell the story of a ``remarkable woman who has survived the pain of abandonment, the anguish of child abuse, and the hatred of racial intolerance.'' The abandonment, abuse, and hatred are dutifully chronicled from the time the girl who would become Maya, age three, and her four-year- old brother are shipped off to live in Stamps, Arkansas—Klan country—to her rape in St. Read full book review >

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KIDDIE CRUISE by Ron Pettit
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 16, 2007

"A suspenseful but stock crime thriller."
A deranged and determined killer is on the loose in this psychological thriller set on a 1950s naval base. Read full book review >

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Released: June 23, 1995

"Gimmicky and disappointing."
An anthology divided between poetry and fiction that's more a patchwork collector's item for alumni of writing conferences than a collection deserving wide attention. 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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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Nevertheless, good fun for budding medievalists. (index) (Pop-up/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Three pop-up tableaux—of bridge, castle and cathedral—enliven this exploration of life in 1325, which takes the fortunes of one Hugo from page to knight as its loose focus. Read full book review >

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HERE LIES ARTHUR by Philip Reeve
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Absorbing, thought-provoking and unexpectedly timely. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Is there room for yet another reworking of the Arthur legend? Read full book review >

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PREDATOR’S GOLD by Philip Reeve
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"High marks for action and breadth of vision—but urge readers to start with the previous episode, as this one doesn't comfortably stand alone. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Readers thrilled by the titanic mobile cities savagely preying on one another across a ravaged post-holocaust Earth in Mortal Engines (2003) will find more of the same in this even better sequel—along with plenty of intrigue, danger, spying, violence, and romance. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD THROUGH MIYAMA by Leila Philip
Released: April 27, 1989

A young American woman's simple, elegant account of two years as a Japanese potter's apprentice and as a blonde, blue-eyed gaijin (foreigner) in a traditional village. Read full book review >