Search Results: "Professor X"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2011

"Intelligent, convincing and depressing, despite the author's evident zest for teaching."
Expanding on his controversial Atlantic Monthly essay, "Professor X" assails the ill-considered optimism that encourages unprepared students to assume crippling debt to get college degrees they don't really need. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2004

"Top-notch. Deserving of a place alongside Michael Herr's Dispatches, Anthony Swofford's Jarhead, and other classic or soon-to-be-so tales of modern war."
A consistently engaging kill-and-tell tale of life in olive drab. Read full book review >

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LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAN by Employee X
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 31, 2013

"Shrewd and perceptive, though the leap from describing a poor implementation of lean to an out-and-out condemnation of it may not be justified."
A short indictment of the lean approach to management from the perspective of an unidentified employee at an unidentified company that is two years into the lean transformation. Read full book review >

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THE CHANDELIERS by Vincent X. Kirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Fans of the illustrator's previous works (and theater) will forgive the flaws in favor of the electrifying compositions; those seeking true conflict or emotional connections should look elsewhere. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Kirsch applies his ornate flourishes to a troupe of giraffes in this tale of theatrical entrances and exits. Read full book review >

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THE GRUMBLE NOISE by Erik X. Raj
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"Of all the literary explanations for all the terrible noises of the night, this one needs a bit more than the plate of cookies at the end to make it worth the read. Unless, of course, it's still a free download. (iPad storybook app. 4-9)"
In this all-too-predictable story of scary noises in the night, a young boy's imagination pushes him toward bravery...and a midnight snack. Read full book review >

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MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Making good on the promise of his Way of the Jaguar (2000), Stork delivers a powerful tale populated by appealing (and decidedly unappealing) characters and rich in emotional nuance. (Fiction. YA)"
In what turns out to be considerably more than just another tale told by an intelligent narrator with a spectrum disorder, 17-year-old Marcelo Sandoval gets a life-changing taste of the "real world" when he's forced to take a summer job in his father's law firm. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE EYES by Francisco X. Stork
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2006

"Nevertheless, the narrative ultimately functions effectively as both cautionary tale and success story. (Fiction. YA)"
Life for Hector, a Chicano youth growing up hard in the gritty streets of El Paso, changes irrevocably the night that his brother Filiberto is murdered by the leader of the Discipulos gang. Read full book review >

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THE MEMORY OF LIGHT by Francisco X. Stork
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Following Schneider Award-winning Marcelo in the Real World (2009), Stork further marks himself as a major voice in teen literature by delivering one of his richest and most emotionally charged novels yet.(Fiction. 12 & up)"
After a failed suicide attempt, 16-year-old Vicky Cruz wakes up in a hospital's mental ward, where she must find a path to recovery—and maybe rescue some others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"Personal tragedy and triumph, related with amazing perspective against an epic backdrop."
A Vietnamese family struggles for security as three decades of conflict tear an ancient society to shreds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"An insightful, creatively written report on Vietnam today and on the fate of a Vietnamese family in America."
A brilliantly written memoir in which a young Vietnamese-American uses a bicycle journey in his homeland as a vehicle to tell his eventful life story. Read full book review >

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ELYMPICS by X. J. Kennedy
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The observations are immediate and funny. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Kennedy's deceptively facile verse amuses as it places under scrutiny a herd of elephants engaged in summer and winter Olympic sports. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Corn Standard by Dennis x Myers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2016

"An ambitious, quick satire that offers a mixed bag of the cynical and the odd."
Myers (Coyote, 2012) offers a satirical novel about one lawyer's quest through a bizarre Midwestern world. Read full book review >