Search Results: "Robert J. Schoenberg"


BOOK REVIEW

MR. CAPONE by Robert J. Schoenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 1992

"Avoids the mythologizing of much Capone material, and likely to endure as a standard reference. (Eight pages of b&w photographs, maps—not seen.)"
Scholarly yet lively account of the legendary Prohibition- era gangster. Read full book review >

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PAINTER AND UGLY by Robert J. Blake
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"An engaging tale of friendship, loyalty and separation, this will appeal to fans of the author's earlier work as well all readers who enjoy a suspenseful story with a satisfying end. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From a veteran Iditarod chronicler (Akiak, 1997, etc.) comes the tale of Painter and Ugly, two young sled dogs and dedicated friends. Read full book review >

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CAROUSEL CAT by Robert J. Blake
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"An author's note indicates Asbury Park, New Jersey as the source. (Picture book. 3-8)"
You can almost hear the music when Dan cranks up the Pavilion O' Fun, a splendid old carousel on the boardwalk near the shore. Read full book review >

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THE PERFECT SPOT by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 29, 1992

"The interplay between parent and child, each dedicated to his own valuable pursuit, is as appealing as the lovely play of light through trees and water. (Picture book. 4-9)"
An illustrator who made a fine debut with his oil paintings for Weller's Riptide (1990) turns to watercolor for his own story about an artist on a woodland expedition with his son. Read full book review >

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ROBERT OLMSTEAD
by J.W. Bonner

At a time when our country’s past serves a daily story in the news, Robert Olmstead’s latest novel, Savage Country, takes readers back to the 19th-century frontier as well as returning readers to a more traditional type of yarn spinning: equal parts adventure tale, Biblical narrative, and Greek tragedy.

Savage Country depicts a world where justice is often ...


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BOOK REVIEW

TOGO by Robert J. Blake
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A map on the endpapers enables the reader to follow the progress of the rescue mission, which they will—breathlessly. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-9)"
The cover of this long picture book is a showstopper, with the entire spread showing just the face of a snowy dog with intense, pale-blue eyes, along with the single title word and the author's name. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AKIAK by Robert J. Blake
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"Akiak's efforts may not constitute life-and-death drama, but young readers will cheer the heroic dog on in this satisfying outdoor adventure. (Picture book. 5-10)"
From Jack London's Call of the Wild to Gary Paulsen's many tales, the relationship between humans and dogs as they face the harsh northern climes has captivated readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON THE NIGHT PLAIN by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2001

"Not wholly successful, but, still, a significant achievement and a worthy addition to the growing body of contemporary western literature."
A gripping contemporary equivalent of O.E. Rolvaag's sagas of hard luck on the Great Plains. Read full book review >

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IT WAS A VERY BAD YEAR by Robert J. Randisi
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"Little mystery and less suspense. But Eddie's relaxed recollections of his seventh canter around the Vegas nostalgia track (Fly Me to the Morgue, 2011, etc.) are a perfect nightcap for fans who don't want to elevate their pulse rate before dropping off to sleep."
For Americans who loved or admired John F. Kennedy, 1963 was indeed a very bad year, but it doesn't seem to have been so hard on Kennedy's friend Frank Sinatra, despite the kidnapping of his son Frank Jr. Read full book review >

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PIECES FOR THE LEFT HAND by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"A sly collection of bar stories and fables from Lennon (Castle, 2009, etc.), who's learned to be crafty with his storytelling."
One hundred deftly written short stories, originally published in the United Kingdom in 2005. Read full book review >