Search Results: "Rob Spence"


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CLICKETY CLACK by Rob Spence
Released: May 1, 1999

"Spengler's robust illustrations capture an antic cast of passengers, conveying the action as much through composition as color. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A train load of wild and wacky animals gets so noisy that the engineer has to shout to get them to quiet down. Read full book review >

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MISSING WOMEN AND OTHERS by June Spence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 1998

"A promising debut."
A first collection from the winner of the 1995 Willa Cather Fiction contest: 15 stories, some having appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Seventeen, and The Oxford Review, by a southern writer who excels at charting the minor victories that briefly relieve dreary lives. Read full book review >

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THE MAKING OF A COUNTRY LAWYER by Gerry Spence
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 1996

"Some readers should, however, find inspiration in Spence's ability to level with himself and still get over his self- loathing, and others will at least enjoy his story. (60 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The celebrated trial lawyer and TV commentator (With Justice for None, 1989, etc.) proves that even a shameless self-publicist can be likeable. Read full book review >

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HALF-MOON AND EMPTY STARS by Gerry Spence
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Luckily, Spence has a lucrative day job he can always go back to. Readers are well-advised to stick to their own."
Celebrity lawyer Spence (Give Me Liberty, 1998, etc.) ventures into fiction with this earnest, endless novel of a 1977 Wyoming murder trial whose every tangled root comes in for minute exploration. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1989

From the crusading author of Murder and Madness (1983) and Trial by Fire (1986), an entertaining indictment of the American legal system. Read full book review >

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MOVING OUT by Polly Spence
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 19, 2002

"It's also a small work of art from the plains."
Nebraska housewife tells the story of her life with the lucidity of a Plains State Stendhal. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Spence has something to tell us but buries it under blarney and blather. (Author tour)"
A portentous jeremiad against the state of American society. Read full book review >

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WAY TO GO by Alan Spence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2004

"There's an appealing freshness to Spence's writing; too bad he gives up on credible plotting and characterization."
Death is everywhere in this odd novel, a coming-of-age story that dissolves into notes from a funeral business. First US publication for the Scottish Spence. Read full book review >

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THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S BOOK OF MUSIC by Keith Spence
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"This is a good history of western classical music, though; add it to collections already owning sources on, for example, the history of jazz, world music, and other musical cultures. (glossaries, chronologies, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
An introduction to the history of western music (despite the exotic drums on the cover and some discussion of east and west in a chapter called, ``Blending of opposites''). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1993

From virtuoso trial-lawyer Spence, defender of Karen Silkwood and Imelda Marcos: a fiery ``collection of free-floating thoughts about freedom.'' Spence is profoundly uncomfortable with the socioeconomic interdependence caused by our complex economy. Read full book review >

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DEAR <i>FAHRENHEIT 451</i> by Annie  Spence
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A smart, funny, forthright librarian in book form."
A librarian delivers a charming epistolary volume that begs to be read with pencil in hand. Read full book review >

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THE PURE LAND by Alan Spence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2007

"A colorful, empathetic, melancholy-tinged portrait of a Victorian colossus."
Fictionalized biography of the young adventurer-turned-businessman who helped shape modern Japan and may have inspired Madame Butterfly. Read full book review >