Search Results: "Rebecca Musser"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A decent addition to a growing body of work about polygamy, the book speaks to the ways isolation, fear and secrecy can shelter insidious abuses until someone has the courage to step forward as a witness."
With the assistance of Cook (Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer's Daughter, 2009, etc.), Musser describes her transition from obedient daughter and wife in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to a key witness in court cases against church leaders, including the "Prophet" Warren Jeffs. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An endlessly surprising foray into the current mother of physics' many knotty mysteries, the solving of which may unveil the weirdness of quantum particles, black holes, and the essential unity of nature."
Two particles behave identically and instantaneously though separated by great space and with no force passing between them. How? Award-winning Scientific American contributing editor Musser (The Complete Idiot's Guide to String Theory, 2008) probes the riddle.Read full book review >

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MISSION COMPROMISED by Oliver North
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The vigor and candor of North's memoir (Under Fire, 1991) are missing in this uneasy mix of fiction and fact, reducing both to predictable stereotypes and mainly offering summaries instead of action itself."
Plodding retro thriller with a supervillainous Osama bin Laden—and an unintentionally funny supporting turn by the author himself. Read full book review >

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ESCAPE FROM BAXTERS' BARN by Rebecca Bond
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Ironically, by choosing such a dramatic catalyst, the author weakens the adventure's impact overall and leaves readers to ponder the awkward coincidences that propel the plot. (Animal fantasy. 8-10)"
A group of talking farm animals catches wind of the farm owner's intention to burn the barn (with them in it) for insurance money and hatches a plan to flee. Read full book review >

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MY NO, NO, NO DAY! by Rebecca Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Its elemental nature will bring the point home to the youngest readers, though it does not replace the classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bella has a daylong (leading to a long-day) case of the grumps, and she shares them with each and all. Read full book review >

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JUST BECAUSE by Rebecca Elliott
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2011

"Full of unconditional love, this is a must-have title in today's world of false perfection. (Picture book. 5-10)"
An endearing and enduring picture book about sibling love. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"A thoughtful look at two important forerunners of nature photography. (sources, photographs, endnote) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Two brothers, Richard and Cherry Kearton, were born on a farm in late-19th-century England. Read full book review >

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A CITY CHRISTMAS TREE by Rebecca Bond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"Bond's acrylic paintings use a palette of softer shades with lots of pale blue for the shadows and snowy scenes, with the final spread showing the city spread out in shades of blue and lavender, with decorated trees glimpsed in lighted windows. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Where do Christmas trees come from when you live in a big city? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEROINES by Rebecca Hazell
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The subjects are inherently fascinating, but the presentation is too simplistic to satisfy; the book feels packaged and won't whet readers' appetites for more information. (maps, further reading) (Biographies. 10+)"
This volume, subtitled ``Great Women Through the Ages,'' offers brief biographies of 12 women who made their marks: Agnodice, Lady Murasaki Shikibu, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, Marie Curie, Anna Akhmatova, Madame Sun Yat-Sen, Amelia Earhart, and Frida Kahlo. Read full book review >

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HOW DO YOU FEEL? by Rebecca Bender
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"A charming, smart, and attractive book. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A hedgehog sets out to ask how its fellow animals feel; along the way, readers will learn there is more than one meaning to the word "feel." Read full book review >

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PIG & GOOSE AND THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING by Rebecca Bond
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Find Pig and Goose a place on the friendship shelf with the likes of Frog and Toad, Elephant and Piggie, and Houndsley and Catina. (Early reader. 5-8)"
An unlikely friendship between a portly pig and a graceful goose blooms in a springtime story infused with compassion and gentle humor. Read full book review >

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EVA'S TREETOP FESTIVAL by Rebecca Elliott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"New readers need lots of choices, and this series promises to fill a niche for them. Keep flapping, Eva! (Fantasy. 5-8)"
Eva the owl chronicles 11 days in her life in the first in the Owl Diaries series for emerging readers. Read full book review >