Search Results: "Russell Rowland"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A collection that doesn't quite live up to its promise."
Middling anthology of writing about the American West, focusing on regional identity. Read full book review >

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IN OPEN SPACES by Russell Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2002

"Prose pretty much stripped of graces remains useful for this unpretentious, involving story told with unfaltering authority."
A heartfelt debut in which a Montana ranch family battles both Mother Nature and human nature. Read full book review >

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LITTLE NELLY'S BIG BOOK by Pippa Goodhart
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Though the book has lots of potential, it ultimately falls flat. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Little Nelly reads a book that leads her to conclude that she is a mouse, because she is gray and has big ears and a skinny tail. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2011

"Amusing and occasionally insightful, but too reliant on oversimplification."
A lighthearted examination of major life milestones through the lens of major philosophical thinkers. Read full book review >

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RED CHRYSANTHEMUM by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2006

"Rowland's historical detail and graceful prose enhance another solid mystery."
A 17th-century Japanese sleuth must clear his pregnant wife of a murder charge. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Dense and elegantly erudite—a skillful, accessible analysis of complex systems of religion, philosophy and literature."
Intelligent biography of the renegade Italian friar burned at the stake in 1600 for his prodigious writings prefiguring modern science. Read full book review >

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THE RONIN'S MISTRESS by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Based on a true story explained in an opening historical note, Sano's 15th appearance unfolds with Rowland's typical elegance, bolstered by its roots in reality and the family drama that nicely counterpoints the sleuthing adventure."
A veteran Japanese sleuth endangers himself to solve a tantalizing samurai murder mystery. Read full book review >

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THE RIPPER'S SHADOW by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Rowland, author of the long-running Sano Ichiro mystery series (The Iris Fan, 2014, etc.), has assembled an appealingly ragtag collection of amateur sleuths and keeps suspense high."
An intrepid female photographer tracks the serial killer of the (19th) century. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"Well-presented scientific history with an interesting philosophical twist: take with a grain of salt."
A revisionist argument that the Catholic Church was right to try the father of astronomy on charges of heresy in 1633. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"For space aficionados especially but also a good choice for general readers seeking an introduction to an underappreciated, thrilling chapter in aerospace history."
An aviation historian revisits the conception, development, and inaugural flight of "the last American flying machine built to fly higher and faster than everything that had come before." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Indispensable source book for courses in women's studies, especially valuable for its coverage of a multitude of court cases."
Analysis of the issues, strategies, and tactics behind the battles that have been fought—and continue to be fought—over the rights of women in the US. Read full book review >

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CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF by Rowland White
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"For anybody with an interest in aviation, this will prove a fascinating resource for browsing. Wings up! (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
The key word to describe this book is in the subtitle: "The Ultimate Book of Flight." This compendium of flight facts and fun covers the history of early planes, copters, rockets, and even how to make a paper airplane. Read full book review >