Search Results: "Robert Root"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 1997

"While enjoyable just for its wonderful stories, this charming and literate work casts new light on old wives' tales."
What would at first appear to be a collection of entertaining anecdotes about some weird-sounding, even stomach-churning old remedies is in fact much more: a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of medical traditions. Read full book review >

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POSTSCRIPTS by Robert Root
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An uneven collection in which too many parts read more like a journeyman's records of where he's been and what he's seen than the work of a longtime teacher of the art of literary nonfiction."
A disparate, often disappointing collection of essays on place and time, enlivened by the inclusion of pertinent excerpts from the writings of E.B. White. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2009

"A worthy addition to Colorado literature."
Amiable, bookish wanderings along paths blazed by a genteel lady in the Rockies more than a century ago. Read full book review >

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HAPPENSTANCE by Robert Root
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Although the narrative is occasionally meandering and stolid, the best sections address the difficulties inherent in coming to terms with parental imperfections."
A nonfiction-writing professor muses on the random occurrences that led to his parents' troubled marriage and its subsequent effects on his own trajectory. Read full book review >

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GUMBRELLA by Barry  Root
by Barry Root, illustrated by Barry Root
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Deadpan expressions and low-key reactions enhance the ambiguity of this veteran illustrator's faintly offbeat solo debut. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The tone is light, the pictures are bright—but there's a hint of Stephen King in this tale of a big sister who loves playing doctor to small injured creatures so much that she won't let them go when they're healed. Read full book review >

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MESSENGER, MESSENGER by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Children will accept and appreciate the rhythm of a life they glimpse every day. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In propulsive rhymed couplets, Burleigh (Hercules, 1999, etc.) tells a day in the life of a bicycle messenger in a city inspired by Chicago. Read full book review >

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OVERRULED by Damon Root
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An intriguing account of judicial and economic policy reflecting controversies within conservatism over civil rights and other issues."
Explaining why Justice John Roberts' surprising support for the Affordable Care Act remains within the bounds of conservative jurisprudence is the takeoff point for Reason senior editor Root in this exploration of how a 150-year-old political and legal conflict has shaped the country.Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Not likely to be a life-changing inspiration to any, save diehard Michael Jordan fans. (Picture book/biography. 4-7)"
Michael Jordan's mother returns for another story about her famous son's childhood. Read full book review >

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PAULA BUNYAN by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2009

"The text is printed on cream-toned stock, often with black-and-white vignettes contributing to the old-timey look. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Paula Bunyan, who could outwrestle her more famous brother Paul "three times out of six," gets tired of hauling ferries across the river on her shoulders and sets out for more open spaces where she can sing without breaking china and walk without running out of forest. Read full book review >

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KISS THE COW! by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Certain to be a hit with kids and adults, this deserves a big smooch. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A refreshing, original American tall tale. Read full book review >

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COYOTE AND THE MAGIC WORDS by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A sensible afterword distinguishes inspiration from invention. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Drawing on legends of southwestern Native Americans, Root formulates a new tale of the creation and the genesis of story: ``The Maker-of-all-things spoke the world into being''— `` `Earth' ''; `` `Moon'...'Stars' ''; `` `Sage'...'Juniper, cedar, pine' ''; `` `...jack rabbit, coyote' ''; last, she makes ``us.'' Then comes a time when words are magic and need only be spoken to be true, and when most creatures are content. Read full book review >