Search Results: "Richard Burgin"


BOOK REVIEW

GHOST QUARTET by Richard Burgin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Read Burgin's short stories instead."
Burgin, author of three well-received story collections (Fear of Blue Skies, 1997, etc.), hits several sour notes in a tedious novel that exhaustively analyzes the emotions of a young classical composer who trades sex for career advancement. Read full book review >

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PRIVATE FAME by Richard Burgin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Some appeared in the Missouri Review, the Kansas Quarterly, TriQuarterly, and the Denver Quarterly."
Like Man Without Memory, Burgin's recent Illinois Short Fiction Series collection (1989), these 11 stories, often absurdist and minimalist, involve a male who's disoriented or obsessed, though here the author includes several women as well. Read full book review >

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FEAR OF BLUE SKIES by Richard Burgin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 1997

"But the best of them are all too familiar and won't be easily forgotten."
A third collection from Burgin (Private Fame, 1989; Man Without Memory, 1991), who teaches at St. Read full book review >

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THE IDENTITY CLUB by Richard Burgin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2005

"Depressing, banal, forgettable fiction."
This omnibus collection of 20 stories is packaged with a CD containing 20 love songs also written by Burgin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOUSE, LOOK OUT! by Judy Waite
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Waite's story is sweet but negligible; what will keep readers flipping the pages is Burgin's illustrated tour of the deserted house—the artwork naturalistic and detailed—and the modestly menacing cat lurking in the shadows, all stealth and determination. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Newcomer Waite offers a tale of mild suspense. Read full book review >

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ALLY-SAURUS & THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Ally is an empathetic guide for young children facing their own first days, no matter what or who they imagine themselves to be. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl with a dino-sized imagination joins, and learns to get along with, other kids with their own particular styles on the first day of school. Read full book review >

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MOE IS BEST by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This lighthearted take on youthful determination and the value of continued effort successfully avoids undue complexity, allowing both message and story to reach their emergent-reader audience. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Veteran Torrey joins the stable of author-illustrators contributing to the I Like to Read picture-book series, crafting a family tale of persistence and confidence that serves as a timely lesson in a text explicitly aimed at the youngest budding readers. Read full book review >

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A BASEBALL STORY by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"An innocent, sweet and charming introduction to the national pastime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Coach Mike says that baseball players always need to be ready, and Jordan is all set for the first game of the season. Read full book review >

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THE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BIG DINOSAUR by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A toothy, toothsome tale—if stronger on wish-fulfillment than feasible bully-fooling. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this pointed prehistoric episode, little Jackson, derisively dubbed a "tinysaur," defends a jar of jelly beans from a dino-bully. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF SILK by Richard Sobol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A pleasingly engaging look at the subject. (silk facts, glossary) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Crisp, bright photographs and a simple, personal narrative create a remarkably informative look at the process of silk production in a Thai village. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Part of Sobol's Traveling Photographer series, this useful introduction to a famous tourist destination has unexpected child appeal. (facts, glossary, unlabeled world map) (Nonfiction. 8-11) "
A photographer explores the ancient Cambodian temple and modern Siem Reap looking for odd angles, surprises and reflections of today's world in the ancient carvings. Read full book review >

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LUCKY 13 by Richard Hilliard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The fact-packed book makes up in clarity what it lacks in flair. (Informational picture book. 8-11)"
The story of Apollo 13 and its three heroic astronauts receives sturdy treatment in this new picture book that centers on the story of astronaut Jim Lovell. Read full book review >