Search Results: "Ronald Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

COMPANY FARE by Ronald Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"In an age of gastronomic aftershock, if not exhaustion, that's probably enough for most home cooks."
Johnson's very personal Simple Fare (1989) was a sort of sophisticated take on humble, if not retro, fare. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AL by Ronald Stoltz
Released: Feb. 7, 2016

"For some young readers, this level of ridiculousness, along with the unsophisticated illustrations, may make the book a nonstarter, but others willing to embrace the absurd humor will get plenty of giggles.
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In Stoltz's (Deer Run, 2016, etc.) funny and anachronistic picture book, being different can save the day—especially if you're a vegetarian dinosaur. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL ON THE YELLOW GIRAFFE by Ronald Himler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Paul Fleischman's Sidewalk Circus (p. 221), which is a livelier take, while the quiet tone and assurance of a jeans-clad mom at the girl's side makes this suitable for younger children. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This reissue of a 1976 title has new, soft watercolor illustrations that match the understated tale as city scenes become a fairy tale venue from a young girl's view astride her four-wheeled wooden giraffe scooter. Read full book review >

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SIX IS SO MUCH LESS THAN SEVEN by Ronald Himler
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 2002

"Those of any age recovering from the loss of a pet will welcome this soothing story that allows for a time to grieve, without urging the bereaved to cheer up or move on too quickly. (Picture book. 4+)"
A touching tribute to pets and how they enrich our lives is gently illustrated in Himler's (A Thanksgiving Turkey, 2001, etc.) trademark soft watercolors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT ON FIRE by Ronald Kidd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Beautifully written and earnestly delivered, the novel rolls to an inexorable, stunning conclusion readers won't soon forget. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
In 1961, riding a Greyhound bus was more than a way to get from one place to another. For some, the destination was freedom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SOCIAL ART by Ronald Macaulay
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Competent, noncontroversial, and instructive: it's difficult to determine why a reader would prefer this volume to all the brilliant competition."
A modest survey of recent linguistic theory and practice in which Macaulay (Linguistics/Pitzer College; Generally Speaking, 1980—not reviewed) draws on 25 years of teaching to present what he admits is derivative, technical, and pedagogically oriented. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POACHERS by Ronald Weber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers not equally enamored of the niceties of fly fishing, however, may wonder if the cleverness justifies a whole novel."
Charlie Orr's been camping at the Rainbow Rapids campground since before the State of Michigan took it over and installed retirees Burt and Billie Berry (who calls Charlie simply "Tent Man") as host and hostess. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2007

"Astute examination of a stymied system."
A veteran reporter explains the loss of compromise in contemporary American politics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FOREVER YEAR by Ronald Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2003

"A lackluster entry in the men-who-write-mush category, which Nicholas Sparks (see below) still has pretty much to himself."
Can love last forever? Is forever longer than this interminable first novel? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 1991

"A fascinating and painstakingly documented footnote to the history of cold-war espionage. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen.)"
The intriguing tale of Vitaly Yurchenko, a KGB colonel who returned to the Soviet Union barely three months after having defected to the US, giving his on-again, off-again masters a considerable propaganda victory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE THROUGH WEIGHT TRAINING by Ronald Deblois
NON-FICTION
Released: June 28, 2014

"An accessible compendium of inspiration for serious exercise novices."
Deblois' high-energy how-to debut aims to lay the groundwork for a healthier lifestyle. Read full book review >