Search Results: "Richard Layman"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Judicious editors Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett provide a notable addendum to the Hammett canon, even if both tales and their brief addendum read like screen treatments and the volume's title perpetuates the canard that the thin man is Nick Charles."
Yet another trip to the Hammett archive discloses the two screen stories on which the films After the Thin Man (1936) and Another Thin Man (1939) were based, along with a bonus, an unproduced (and probably unproducible) outline for a Sequel to The Thin Man.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A fine rendering of Hammett's life in his own words—and a remarkable slice of Americana."
An illuminating collection of the famed writer's letters. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A valuable addition to the biography of an underrated literary figure."
Biographies of famous writers by their offspring usually have modest literary value, but this memoir is a cut above the rest. Read full book review >

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ALL THE COLORS OF BUSYTOWN! by Richard Scarry
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"While many will welcome concept books with Richard Scarry art, are these rehashed offerings really necessary with so many of his classics still in print? (Board book. 2-4)"
Richard Scarry's iconic characters present nine different colors. Read full book review >

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CAT BURGLAR BLACK by Richard Sala
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Expect sequels. (Graphic fiction. 10-12)"
Sala usually aims his pulpy gothics at older teens and adults, but here he tries for a younger audience. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This one is, and doesn't. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
``Politics ought to be fun—after baseball it's our next favorite pastime,'' says Texas Gov. Read full book review >

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NIGHT BECOMES DAY by Richard McGuire
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Unusual and amusing, but don't look too deeply. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
Day becomes night, actually, in this strange game of word association by McGuire (The Orange Book, 1992). Read full book review >

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POCKET PIGGIES OPPOSITES! by Richard Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Cute but nothing more. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Itty-bitty piggies demonstrate opposites. Read full book review >

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THE ALMOST TERRIBLE PLAYDATE by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A mostly delightful look at the importance of compromise among friends. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A boy and a girl with different ideas of imaginative play find middle ground. Read full book review >

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GROWING PEACE by Richard Sobol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A welcome addition to children's nonfiction from a master photojournalist. (author's note, glossary, sources) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Large, full-color photographs accompany the true story of one man's efforts to bring together people of three religions by helping them create a Fair Trade-certified coffee-selling cooperative. Read full book review >

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ALLY-SAURUS & THE VERY BOSSY MONSTER by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 5017

"A message for the bossiest of friends but also a quiet lesson in valuing differences. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The tiny tot-turned-dinosaur (in her imagination) is back, this time facing a new challenge: a domineering friend. Read full book review >

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I WANT TO GO FIRST! by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Though little ones will understand the desire to be in front, Elphie's means are questionable. (Picture book. 3-5)"
On their way to the nature reserve's watering hole, Elphie, the littlest elephant, wants to move to the front of the line and so enlists readers to help. Read full book review >