Search Results: "Richard Dooling"


BOOK REVIEW

BET YOUR LIFE by Richard Dooling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 8, 2002

"Mostly fun—and agreeably tense now and then—but a bit overwritten, as if crime novels need literary bolstering to be respectable."
Surprisingly hip insurance-fraud investigators wage war against unscrupulous buyers of policies owned by the soon (occasionally too-soon) to die. Read full book review >

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WHITE MAN'S GRAVE by Richard Dooling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1994

"North American versions of same, the novel is laudable as a fictional travel essay, passable as an acerbic melodrama, less interesting when it tries to be profound. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club featured selections; author tour)"
Using the unprincipled excesses of lawyers and insurers as both a background against which supposedly bizarre elements of West African culture are displayed and as a big fat target for ridicule, Dooling's (Critical Care, 1992) ethnographic thriller/satire set in present-day Sierra Leone portrays politics and witchcraft as two sides of a single coin. Read full book review >

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BRAIN STORM by Richard Dooling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1998

A comic cautionary tale for young lawyers everywhere: Whatever it takes, don't agree to defend an alleged hate killer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"A book Rush Limbaugh might have written if he had a richer vocabulary."
A passionate defense of offensive language by a man who thinks that American society suffers from an excess of politeness. Read full book review >

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CRITICAL CARE by Richard Dooling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 1992

"A powerhouse for those strong enough in spirit and constitution to read it."
Sardonic, often harrowing look at the American way of life- support by a writer so thoroughly in control it's hard to believe this is a first novel. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT HORSE-LESS CARRIAGE RACE by Michael Dooling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Back matter also explains what happened after the race: winner Frank Duryea started the Duryea Motor Company in 1896, predating Henry Ford by seven years. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An 1895 race sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald to prove that the horseless carriage was the way of the future is the subject of Dooling's (Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale, p. 886, etc.) latest offering, the first he's both written and illustrated. Read full book review >

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YOUNG THOMAS EDISON by Michael Dooling
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"How does it happen?' (afterword, resource lists) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
In this sketchy but inspirational profile, Dooling pairs realistic paintings of the home-schooled boy experimenter—usually intent on a book, bottles of chemicals or some gadget—with an early-years account that stresses the influences his mother, and his encroaching deafness, played in shaping a lifelong habit of hard, constant study. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF SANTA CLAUS by Tom Paxton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The story's matter-of- fact telling and the way characters appear to make eye contact with readers give this a subtle, comfortably tongue-in-cheek tone. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Well, it could have happened this way. Read full book review >

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UNCLE JAMES by Marc Harshman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Still, a perceptive, well-told story of hard times early in the century, illustrated with sober insight in Dooling's carefully crafted paintings, in somber grays and browns. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A bleak realistic story about a family eking out a meager living after Father dies. Read full book review >

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EVEN STEPHEN by Johanna Hurwitz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"His emotional crisis takes place in so few pages that it's almost pointless, but it's also the only real action in the book. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10+)"
According to his younger sister Sunny, who narrates this novel, there isn't anything at which Stephen, 17, doesn't excel: He has perfect SAT scores, girls drool at the sight of him, he's a star athlete, and has been accepted not only at Harvard but Yale, Princeton, and MIT as well. Read full book review >

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STRAW SENSE by Rona Rupert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 1993

"Rupert emphasizes the story's universality by leaving many details to conjecture—how Goolam- Habib came to be orphaned; even the setting, which might be South Africa. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Young Goolam-Habib has not spoken since the night the forest burned, but at last an old man draws him out by inviting him to help make scarecrows for the strawberry fields. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WALKING TO SCHOOL by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"This work slowly examines religious intolerance's impact on one individual, providing no easy resolutions. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Eight-year-old Allison is afraid to walk to school, a simple act made dangerous by "the Troubles" that wrack Northern Ireland. Read full book review >