Search Results: "Rodney Pate"


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RODNEY by Dick Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2007

"Readers who giggle at the wacky character names-as well as those who have exhausted the Christopher Moore catalog and are craving more silly vampires-may sate their bloodlust with this over-the-top debut."
A teenaged slacker becomes a vampire in this loony first novel. Read full book review >

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JOE LOUIS, MY CHAMPION by William Miller
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"Both text and oil-on-canvas-paper illustrations go for the obvious angle, making the effort as a whole worthy, but just a little too heavy-handed. (Picture book. 5-8)"
One of the watershed moments in African-American history—the defeat of James Braddock at the hands of Joe Louis—is here given an earnest picture-book treatment. Read full book review >

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WHERE'S RODNEY? by Carmen Bogan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2017

"Combining the amazement offered by the natural world with an unconventional and poignant dose of social commentary, this story gives more to its readers than what meets the eye. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Can-never-sit-still Rodney really wants to be outside, but it seems the world conspires against his urges—but now, Rodney finally makes it outside, "more outside than [he's] ever been before." Read full book review >

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Rodney and Rachel by Carol Nordquist
Released: Dec. 2, 2015

"While the book's lengthy prose seems aimed at lap readers, the soft illustrations and gentle tale make it an excellent choice for bedtime."
A mouse couple learn the value of trust and love in this illustrated retelling of the Noah's Ark story. Read full book review >

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Flowers for Rodney by Kristine E. Brickey
Released: June 3, 2014

"A YA tale about smart choices, family secrets and peer pressure.
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A mother's love has not been enough to save her teenage son from increasingly delinquent behavior in this realistic young-adult novel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"McMichael ably leads readers to the conclusion that, in this case, no one's hands were clean."
Journalist McMichael reveals far-reaching deceptions in his examination of coverups in the case of James Earl Ray (1928-1998), accused of killing Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis in 1968. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 12, 2016

"A book in which the author's fascinating, well-researched ideas regarding holistic health may presage a paradigm shift in medicine."
Fully 90 percent of human cells are microbial. This astonishing fact means that we are not merely human but a superorganism whose "microbiome" plays a major role in health and disease. Read full book review >

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CHINABERRY SIDEWALKS by Rodney Crowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"An unbalanced, frequently depressive autobiography that primarily focuses on the past, leaving little room for the author's resoundingly successful present."
A Grammy-winning singer/songwriter reveals the early genesis of his family, predating a marriage to Rosanne Cash (whose 2010 memoir, Composed, is a can't-miss) and the ascent to musical stardom. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Unconvincing as an all-encompassing theory of monotheism, but refreshing and moving as a plea for pluralism. (24 halftones)"
An uneven but often provocative assessment of the significance of monotheism as a force in the history of religion. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 13, 2005

"An intriguing, if at times over-reaching work."
A panoramic study of Western history, designed to draw a connection between Christianity and the rise of democracy and capitalism. Read full book review >

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EARLY BIRD by Rodney Rothman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2005

"Witty and conversational prose, peppered alternately with sarcasm and compassion: easy, enjoyable reading."
A former comedy writer for David Letterman does some up-close research on a common South Florida species—the senior citizen retiree—with "findings" more suited to stand-up routine than anthropological tome. The result: lighthearted fluff with a flair, and not without its educational value. Read full book review >

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