Search Results: "Rick Houston"


BOOK REVIEW

SAM HOUSTON by John Hoyt Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Well-detailed but somewhat pedestrian history in which Houston emerges only intermittently from his context; still, a valuable look at the forces behind the formation of Texas and its pivotal role in US expansion from coast to coast. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
Indian State historian Williams (A Great and Shining Road, 1988) presents one of the most colorful figures of the early days of the American West as a flawed hero and failed family man—but also as an unswerving supporter of the republic that he guided into the US. Read full book review >

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MAN ON A MISSION by Rick  Houston
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A rewarding story, low-key despite its frank heroics. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Astronaut and physician Hilmers' life has been one of great variety, color and faith—and even a few missteps. Read full book review >

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HOUSTON HOMICIDE by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 12, 2007

A veteran cop and a high-profile private investigator make an odd crime-fighting couple. Read full book review >

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RICK IS SICK by David McPhail
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"This format seems intended for classroom use and includes guided reading and Reading Recovery levels for teachers. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Rick the bear and his pal, Jack the rabbit, star in their second emergent reader, featuring just one or two short and simple sentences per page. Read full book review >

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JACK AND RICK by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Children who are just learning to sound out basic vocabulary will enjoy this amusing tale, one of several that McPhail has created for the Green Light easy reader series. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
No one can beat McPhail (I Love You Because You're You, 2001, etc.) at illustrations of bears, and Rick the bear joins a long list of the artist's ursine charmers who can't fail to win over young readers. Read full book review >

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MAKE WAY FOR SAM HOUSTON by Jean Fritz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 3, 1986

"Notes, bibliography, index."
Fritz, award-winning biographer (the 1985 Regina Medal and the 1986 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award), has a genius for selection of details which illuminate her subject, neatly fit her careful design, and entertain the reader. Read full book review >

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THE EDUCATION OF RICK GREEN, ESQ. by Harvey Sawikin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

"Sharply rendered snapshots of the Decade of Greed, then, marred by the front-and-center presence of the snail-witted and insufferable Rick Green, Esq."
A competent but irritating debut tracks an obtuse lawyer's clumsy fall from grace. Read full book review >

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DEAD LIL' HUSTLER by Victoria Houston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 2014

"Lew's 14th case, as easily solved as all the others (Dead Insider, 2013, etc.), is notable mainly for its fishing and wolf lore and its loving descriptions of a beautiful area of Wisconsin."
Two murders bring bad publicity to the normally quiet tourist town of Loon Lake, Wis. Read full book review >

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ZIGZAG by James Houston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 1999

"Houston's remembrances, drained of context and maundering, hold as much fascination as seeing your neighbor's vacation photos for the third time. (48 b&w illustrations)"
A discursive memoir from Canadian filmmaker and writer Houston (Confessions of an Igloo Dweller, 1996) of his post-Inuit years, mostly a thin gruel of name-dropping and social climbing. Read full book review >

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COWBOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS by Pam Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"The author doesn't always search far enough for the reason why smart women behave like dishrags—but most of these stories are fine things from a writer one hopes will come up with a novel before too many suns sink in the West."
``...I should know better, but I love it when he calls me baby.'' That about sums up the sentiment running through these fresh, highly crafted, image-packed stories by the debuting Houston. Read full book review >

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CONTENTS MAY HAVE SHIFTED by Pam Houston
Released: Feb. 6, 2012

"Houston is a fine travel writer, but her characters are cardboard cutouts for every cliché of contemporary uplifting women's fiction."
Houston's second novel (Sight Hound, 2005, etc.) combines thinly disguised travel essays with a new age romance as her heroine travels the world with one lover, then more or less settles down for another. Read full book review >

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Released: April 16, 1996

"Sheer entertainment, as fascinating as it is charming. (40 line drawings)"
Tender, anecdotal glimpses of life in the far Canadian north at mid-20th century, from a prolific novelist (Running West, 1990, etc.) and artist. Read full book review >