Search Results: "Robert Root"


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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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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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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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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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LILLY AND THE PIRATES by Phyllis Root
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Shepperson's cartoonish pencil illustrations are as wonderfully detailed, action-packed and good-humored as the story. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Lilly is perfectly content to be hauled around the world by her scientist parents in pursuit of boomerang beetles and lily pad leeches. Read full book review >

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IF YOU WANT TO SEE A CARIBOU by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: April 22, 2004

"And a caribou knows your name'), this low-key communion with nature will draw in sensitive readers, and gets Meyer off to a promising start as an illustrator. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Root changes pace from her rousing Big Momma Makes the World (2003) with this subdued, reflective invitation to visit one of the islands in Lake Superior where the now-endangered woodland caribou can be spotted. Read full book review >

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THE CAT WHO LIKED POTATO SOUP by Terry Farish
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"Older readers especially will be pleased and amused by Farish's evocative language as well as the rich array of subtle verbal and visual nuances here. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Root's spare, warm-hued rural scenes perfectly capture the tone of this tender tale about two curmudgeons—a grizzled "ol' Texas boy, country-raised, don't you know," and a cat—sharing one roof. Read full book review >

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THE BELL IN THE BRIDGE by Ted Kooser
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"A bucolic story with more adult than child appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lonely boy finds but never meets a kindred spirit in this summer reverie. Read full book review >