Search Results: "Rickey E. Pittman"


BOOK REVIEW

IRISH ALPHABET by Rickey E. Pittman
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 2011

"The device works tolerably but more contextualization and greater sensitivity to the audience level would have made the book more useful. (Picture book. 7-10)"
This luck-of-the-Irish alphabet book cites Irish legends and symbols with intertwined one-stanza poems. Read full book review >

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STONEWALL JACKSON'S BLACK SUNDAY SCHOOL by Rickey E. Pittman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2010

"No historical reference sources are cited. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
This well-intentioned but incomplete biographical exploration looks at Stonewall Jackson's years as a teacher with a strong humanitarian side, rather than his better-known years as a successful Confederate general. Read full book review >

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CONFEDERATE ALPHABET by Rickey E. Pittman
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Entirely inappropriate for children. (song lyrics, timeline) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Aimed less at children and more at Southern sympathizers, this alphabet book is an ill-conceived paean to the Confederacy. Read full book review >

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E by Matt Beaumont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Your career may depend on it."
Subject: Fab debut of former London adman, making a bugger-all brilliant update on the epistolary novel by having it largely in e-mail thrashing about on the office network and focusing on London's Miller Shanks ad agency striving to land the Coke account. Read full book review >

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RICKEY & ROBINSON by Roger Kahn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A gripping, informative blend of memoir and cultural history."
The author of the classic The Boys of Summer (1972) and numerous other titles about the national pastime returns with a personal account of the fracturing of the racial barrier in Major League Baseball. Read full book review >

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BRANCH RICKEY by Jimmy Breslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2011

"Quirky, idiosyncratic, oddly balanced and surpassingly entertaining."
This entry in the Penguin Lives series focuses on Branch Rickey's game-changing efforts to bring Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, shattering baseball's race barrier. Read full book review >

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STE-E-E-E-EAMBOAT A-COMIN’! by Jill Esbaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2005

"The Story of Captain Blanche Leathers (2000), illus by Holly Meade, though its content is closer to William Anderson's comparatively restrained River Boy (2003), illus by Dan Andreasen. (afterword, map) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Inspired by a passage from Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi, Esbaum captures the bustle and commotion attending a steam packet's arrival in a small river town: "Rubberneckers, / pounding boots, / whiskered geezers, big galoots. / Wheels a-clatter, / choking cloud, / yapping dog, excited crowd." Read full book review >

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SYNDROME E by Franck Thilliez
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"Having achieved bestseller status in Europe, Thilliez is poised to do the same in the U.S."
In this terrific French thriller, a veteran Paris profiler struggling with paranoid schizophrenia and a lonely female police detective are brought together by a series of gruesome murders that have something to do with an old experimental film containing disturbing subliminal images. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

E-MERGENCY by Tom Lichtenheld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Definitely not a beginner's ABC book, but the visual and print punnery will have elementary kids (and adults) guessing and laughing. (Alphabet picture book. 7-10)"
Help! The letter E has fallen (down the stairs) and can't get up! Read full book review >

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E-MAIL by Stephanie D. Fletcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 1996

"Long, bland stretches alternate with vulgar, hyperexplicit sexual confessions: a cheap, easy, and convincing glimpse of modern American cybersex—for what that may be worth."
Non-initiates to the communications revolution can now enjoy cyber-romance on the printed page—thanks to this epistolary first novel by a North Carolina writer. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Bodanis delivers on his promise to make the significance of Einstein's formula at least somewhat understandable for general readers. (20 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A readable history and explanation of the only physics equation that has taken on a life of its own in popular culture. Read full book review >