Search Results: "Raymond J. Learsy"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2011

"On-target insights that will illuminate and enrage the average citizen."
Learsy (Over a Barrel, 2007) offers a chronological and critical perspective on the power wielded by Big Oil and Wall Street. Read full book review >

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Ruminations on the Distortion of Oil Prices and Crony Capitalism by Raymond J. Learsy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 8, 2013

"A rallying cry for readers who feel ripped off at the gas pumps."
In this fiery collection of blog posts, veteran commodities trader Learsy (Oil and Finance, 2012, etc.) rails against the global oil-industry. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2012

"Punchy prose and canny muckraking make for an informative, entertaining challenge to economic orthodoxy."
An unholy alliance of Wall Street bankers, energy traders, OPEC pooh-bahs and complaisant government regulators are pillaging the American economy, according to these savvy, feisty polemics. Read full book review >

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CAJUN HOME by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Readers who can get past these minor points of confusion will close the book with a sense that they, too, have traveled to Cajun country. (further reading) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Bial's exquisite photography glorifies Cajun life, past and present, in a format similar to his other books, including Shaker Home (1994). Read full book review >

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UG by Raymond Briggs
by Raymond Briggs, illustrated by Raymond Briggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Beneath the satiric barbs there's a touch of poignancy to this tale of a da Vinci just a few dozen millennia ahead of his time. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Suggesting that some things haven't changed since the Stone Age, Briggs (A Bit More Bert, p. 1300, etc.) introduces a moon-faced lad who infuriates his clueless parents by insistently questioning things-as-they-are. Read full book review >

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WITH NEEDLE AND THREAD by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Otherwise, this is a good companion both to how-to volumes and books on women's history. (bibliography, sources) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
One version of women's history, as it has been written into the tiny stitches of quilts. Read full book review >

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SHAKER HOME by Raymond Bial
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Photographed at The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, an appreciation of one of America's most significant communal groups. Read full book review >

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FRONTIER HOME by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Bibliography. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In another lyrical yet precise text, Bial (Amish Home, p. 142) invites readers to imagine traveling by Conestoga wagon to an uncertain future on the American frontier. Read full book review >

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CORN BELT HARVEST by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 25, 1991

"Bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A straightforward presentation of current American practice in raising and using ``the most abundant grain in the Western Hemisphere''—not just methods of planting, harvest, storage, and marketing, but telling details about living in corn country (in August, ``The horizon is now just a memory; you have to stop at every crossroads...because oncoming drivers can't see you...'') and vivid descriptions (``The dry leaves now rustle, like the sound of the ocean in a shell''). Read full book review >

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THE BEAR by Raymond Briggs
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Slightly precious, but funny. (Book-of-the-Month alternate selection) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young Tilly wakes to find a gigantic, affectionate polar bear filling her room, nearly, in this oversized thematic soul mate to Briggs's classic The Snowman (1978). Read full book review >

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BOOTH’S DAUGHTER by Raymond Wemmlinger
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2007

"His quick-moving and well-written story employs appropriately old-fashioned speech, and beliefs and the result is enthralling. (Historical fiction. 13-16)"
The devoted daughter of famous actor Edwin Booth, the brother of infamous John Wilkes Booth, slowly realizes the depths of her father's controlling behavior toward everyone around him. Read full book review >