Search Results: "Robert Douglas-Fairhurst"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2011

"An insightful argument occasionally marred by somewhat tangential and glib analysis."
A literary biography of Charles Dickens focused on his life and work during the 1830s. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF ALICE by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2015

"The magic of the work is well-served here but with just a bit too much extraneous information."
Douglas-Fairhurst (English Literature/Magdalen Coll., Oxford; Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist, 2011, etc.) delivers a biography of Charles Dodgson (1832-1898), aka Lewis Carroll, that might be better described as a sociological study of Victorian England.Read full book review >

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HOPE POINTS NORTH by Robert Douglas Spetta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2014

"Spetta takes what could have been merely a quaint look back at the '60s and makes it into an unforgettable tale of enduring friendship."
In his second novel, Spetta (High Tide Low Moon Running, 2002) offers a charming, resonant coming-of-age adventure. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 1993

Like the two previous volumes from these collaborators (The King Within and The Warrior Within, both 1992), this one urges men to take control of their lives and to enjoy the knowledge within, in this case by emphasizing mastery of the culture's power, imagination, and technology—a stimulating prospect undermined by graceless writing. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"Initiates will welcome this follow-up work despite the often sluggish prose, and even newcomers will be able to follow the score. (Fifty b&w photos and eight pages of color photos—not seen.)"
Urging men to ``Be Glorious!'' in harnessing the potential of the ``Warrior within,'' this follows fast on the heels of the authors' The King Within (p. 165) and further establishes their place in men's-movement literature. Read full book review >

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS! by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"It's not a stretch to say that if Shel Silverstein himself were to have dabbled in the piratical he could not have come up with a better selection of scurvy doggerel than the delicious verses found here. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Arr! 'Tis a bonny day indeed when piratical inclinations are recorded with such florid nastiness as that found in this stellar collection of seagoing poems for salty dogs. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 1992

Calling itself ``an operator's manual to the psyche'' of men (and a guide to their ``hard-wiring'' for women), this is also a firm if rather theoretical response to critics who charge that men's movement gatherings and exhortations are silly, reactive, and shallow. Read full book review >

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HOW TO DRAW A DRAGON by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"This rhyming romp will no doubt spur multiple requests for rereading—and redrawing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Florian's rhyming verse carries a group of children through drawing their own dragon, starting with the encouraging couplet, "Drawing dragons isn't hard. / Drag a dragon to your yard." Read full book review >

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BOW WOW MEOW MEOW by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"It's rhyming cats and dogs for sure, and the creative Florian poetic zoo continues to grow. (Poetry. 4-10)"
Florian continues his poetic exploration of the entire animal kingdom, last visited in lizards, frogs, and polliwogs (2001), with this seventh entry in his successful series, following the same distinctive format: a large, square size with each short poem facing a full-page illustration. Read full book review >

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ASTEROID IMPACT by Douglas Henderson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"He closes with a question-and-answer section that recounts the modern discovery of the blast's geological and paleontological evidence. (index, short bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
To eye-widening scenes of an asteroid blazing down from the heavens and creating a titanic fireball, Henderson (Dinosaur Ghosts: The Mystery of Coelophysis, 1997) matches a suitably dramatic, written account of how the Age of Dinosaurs probably came to its precipitate end. Read full book review >

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AUTUMNBLINGS by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"His distinctive illustrations using watercolors and colored pencils complement the poems well, with a pair of tumbling children on the cover shown against a glowing golden leaf. (Poetry. 6-9)"
Florian continues his poetic examination of the seasons with this collection exploring different aspects of fall. Read full book review >

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IN THE SWIM by Douglas Florian
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Paired with every poem is a striking watery painting saturated with color, splashes of humor aimed at grade-schoolers, and imagination. (Picture book/poetry. 8-11)"
Florian makes funny the characteristics and habits of a collection of sea life in his follow-up to Beast Feast (1994) and On the Wing (1996). Read full book review >