Search Results: "Randy Fertel"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2011

"An uneven but zesty chronicle—worth a look for food historians."
New Orleans forms the richly atmospheric backdrop for a determined, eccentric family who found success in the steakhouse business. Read full book review >

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A TASTE FOR CHAOS by Randy Fertel
NON-FICTION
Released: March 17, 2015

"A smart blend of psychology, philosophy and literary history, well-written if sometimes obscure; of broad interest to students of contemporary literary theory."
An inquisitive examination of the impulse that yields literary improvisation—which is to say, literature itself. Read full book review >

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DUCK by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"She's still much bigger than he is—but at least her dreams don't come true by having her turn real, which makes for a refreshing change. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Equally affecting on literal and metaphorical levels, this tale of a wooden carousel duck who yearns to fly like a real duck makes prime shared reading. Read full book review >

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GATOR by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Illustrated with soft-textured scenes featuring a small, rather timorous looking crocodile sporting a derby, a saddle and a visible hole through his middle, this mini-adventure will leave readers warmed, if not entirely convinced. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sketchy on internal logic but rich in feeling, this tale features a carved animal who takes off on a journey of discovery after his carousel goes dark and neglected. Read full book review >

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ONE DARK AND DREADFUL NIGHT by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A hysterical addition to any fractured-fairytale collection. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Fairy tales run amok in this great poke at the stories of "unfortunate events." Read full book review >

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LUCY by Randy Cecil
Kirkus Star
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A brief denouement in the final act reveals that each main character has given the others just what they needed; a clever structure and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Defying simple categorization, Cecil's 144-page illustrated narrative presents a street dog that dreams of home, a light-skinned girl who longs for companionship, and her father, a juggler who panics in front of an audience. Read full book review >

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THE MOON RING by Randy DuBurke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, the boundless energy and sheer playfulness of this debut will please young readers, and leave them hoping to see more from DuBurke. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child discovers the truth of her grandma's dictum that "magic loves blue-moon light," when a Frisbee-sized, wish-granting silver ring falls at her feet. Read full book review >

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Released: April 20, 1999

"Although Powell occasionally indulges in overt psychologizing, he allows readers to see for themselves what drives a set of engaging, often surprising characters. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teenager confronts a stomach-churning change in living arrangements in this thought-provoking tale from Powell (Dean Duffy, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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"This book is more of a monochromatic mural than a multicolored tapestry, but it still captures the effects of social change on rural communities."
Turk travels the back roads of 36 states in search of "the living story of rural America." Read full book review >

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REFUSAL by Randy Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"A retro space opera that stars a robust hero, diabolical aliens, and powerful hybrids."
A security pro embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, defending imperiled Earth against an approaching alien fleet, with unearthly allies and traitors on all sides. Read full book review >

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CAUGHT LOOKING by Randy Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 21, 1992

"Russell (Blind Spot, Hard Wire) is better than ever, and a writer to watch."
Alton Benjamin ``Rooster'' Franklin, Russell's sardonic answer to Westlake's Dortmunder, now heads for Kansas City with his visiting teenager, the ``rad'' Avery, in tow to discover who boosted the car of his girlfriend Carolyn's brother-in-law, virtually blind-as-a-bat ``high-heat'' pitcher Rowdy Monroe, whose glove was in the trunk. Read full book review >