Search Results: "Rolly Kent"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 1991

"A tract that may be useful for those desperate to believe in miracles; calmer students of the Perennial Philosophy will bypass this gaudy shrine to the ego."
A woman's ``quest'' story, so larded with popular-press mysto effects and parlor tricks as to beggar all credulity. Read full book review >

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KENT STATE by James A. Michener
NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1971

"As a work of interpretive journalism, it is far less scrupulous than I. F. Stone's Killings At Kent State (1970)."
Michener and staff have produced a collage, now appearing in the Reader's Digest, of graphic second-hand accounts, reconstructions of student life and town sentiment, interpretations and misinterpretations of the Kent State events of May 1970. Read full book review >

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ME AND ROLLY MALOO by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Despite its flaws, this moral fable opens an important cultural conversation about privilege, a rarity in stories for children. (Graphic hybrid. 7-10)"
This innovative chapter book from a seasoned author delivers two parallel stories. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2008

"Finely detailed maritime history."
Historian Tracy (History/Univ. of New Brunswick; Nelson's Battles, 2008, etc.) examines the maritime disaster of the Kent. Read full book review >

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LEAVING KENT STATE by Sabrina Fedel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A love story that engagingly merges themes of art and anger."
The Vietnam War comes home as rising political tensions culminate in the 1970 Kent State University shootings in this debut historical novel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"An awkwardly self-conscious but affecting blend of history and memoir."
Poet and novelist Svoboda (Tin God, 2006, etc.) chronicles her uncle's odyssey in occupied Japan and unearths some troubling truths about the U.S. military. Read full book review >

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THE JEWELS OF TESSA KENT by Judith Krantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 1998

"Not as much of a tear-jerker as one might expect, but with lots of Krantz's signature glamour. (Literary Guild main selection and Doubleday Book Club; TV satellite tour)"
A nice soapy title for a nice soapy Krantz: the author's usual up-market labels mixed with a little mother-daughter drama and some heart-wrenching terminal illness. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON AND THE FAIR MAID OF KENT by Gordon R. Dickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Overall, a rather sluggish, politically heavy entry in this mostly entertaining series."
Addition to Dickson's series (The Dragon in Lyonesse, 1998, etc.) set in a 14th-century England where magic works, and where former college professor Jim Eckert, now Baron James of Malencontri, can turn himself into a large dragon. Read full book review >

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MY TRIP ABROAD, 1902-1903 BY RUTH KENT by Charles C. Cox, III
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2016

"A glimpse into the past that is more intriguing for the details of the period that it reveals than for the narrative it presents."
The past is brought to life in this reproduction of an early 20th-century travel journal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETER KENT’S CITY ACROSS TIME by Peter Kent
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"An annotated list of archeology websites extends the experience. (Informational picture book. 9-11)"
In minutely detailed cross-sections, Kent traces the history of a generic European settlement from prehistoric times through the 21st century and beyond, to a speculative, pastoral distant future. Read full book review >

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GO TO JAIL! by Peter Kent
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"It's odd and fascinating material, if a bit antiseptic. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Kent's handsomely drawn book introduces prisons of every crank and radius: prisons without walls (Devil's Island, Siberia); prisons little but walls (the Bastille, the Tower of London); prisons for the most notorious criminals (Alcatraz); prisons for folks who had committed no crime, other than being on the wrong side (prisoner-of-war camps, e.g., Stalag Luft III); and oddball prisons (a hole in the ground, a hollow tree). Read full book review >

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THE GOOD PEOPLE by Hannah Kent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"If Stevie Wonder is correct, when you believe in things you don't understand, then you suffer. Kent's novel validates his indictment of superstition."
A battle between belief systems in rural 19th-century Ireland forms the backdrop for Kent's (Burial Rites, 2013) unblinking examination of the corrosive costs of poverty and ignorance. Read full book review >