Search Results: "Rod Phillips"


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A SHORT HISTORY OF WINE by Rod Phillips
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A laudably compact and versed telling of wine's story."
A limpid overview nestles wine—that most charged and symbolic of foods—within its historical and cultural contexts. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA'S TEETH by Rod Clement
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"The fully modeled, highly detailed caricatures of faces, bodies, and furniture will elicit giggles, while the inherent humor of the situation is milked for all it's worth. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A perfectly silly story with a whopping visual punchline sure to delight young listeners and readers. Read full book review >

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TROUBLESHOOTER by Rod Lindsey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 16, 2012

"Heavy in its despondence and bleakness but a story that readers are unlikely to forget."
A U.S. marshal's 30-year search for a fellow Vietnam veteran who killed the love of his life may be nearing its conclusion in the author's debut thriller. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2013

"Emotionally complex and genuinely affecting."
A Louisiana-born journalist's memoir of how he came to terms with questions of personal belonging that accompanied his "country mouse" sister's tragically premature death. Read full book review >

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JUST ANOTHER ORDINARY DAY by Rod Clement
ANIMALS
Released: May 11, 1997

"Inspired silliness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Just Another Ordinary Day (32 pp.; $14.95; PLB $14.89; May 11, 1997; 0-06-027666-5; PLB 0-06-027667-3): Tongue so firmly in cheek that it may take a surgical procedure to get it out, an Australian cartoonist puts wild spins on the events of young Amanda's ``typical'' day, as she rises to her alarm (a shirtless genie whaling on a gong), catches a ride to school with an elderly (in fact, a dinosaur) neighbor, listens to the tentacled, three-eyed new girl tell stories of her home ``in a land far far away,'' and, later that evening, cuddles up with a book and her huge ``cat,'' a lion named Fluffy. Read full book review >

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TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR YOU by Rod Liddle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 28, 2004

"Well-observed, sometimes funny, if seemingly pointless."
Londoners get down and dirty in a debut collection of interlinked stories where everybody is either having an affair or just behaving badly. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"An enjoyable exploration of spacecraft from a reliably knowledgeable guide."
"On the cusp of a new space age, with a seemingly limitless opportunity for both robotic and human engagement in space," an expert surveys many of the manned space programs that failed spectacularly, fizzled, or never left the drawing board. Read full book review >

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THE MOTHERS by Rod Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Happiness, though, is rare and fleeting in Jones' dark world."
Three generations of oppressed mothers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2006

"A revealing and nuanced view of recent French history."
Plus ça change, plus ça change: The France of 2005 is far different from the France of a century before, though both agree that anything that is not French is suspect. Read full book review >

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BILLY SUNDAY by Rod Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 1996

"Still, the primary setting, an ancient forest in summer where pleasure and horror can almost merge, makes the presence of the past keenly felt."
Australian writer Jones (Julia Paradise, 1987) wades into the murky past, recruits three historical figures as his protagonists, and returns with a mottled, half-throttled view of malaise and mystery in the Great Northern Woods of Wisconsin. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 1994

"With rich allusions to myth, superstition, religion, anthropology, a challenging and rewarding book, well worth the stretch it requires."
In this challenging, provocative, and original multi- disciplinary study, Mengham (English/Cambridge) goes beyond linguistics, semantics, and philology, to consider language in the evolution of social life, from its mystical role in religion to its historical one in culture and its material one in economics. Read full book review >