Search Results: "Sam Pickering"


BOOK REVIEW

A LITTLE FLING by Sam Pickering
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Like good sipping whiskey, each administration of Pickering triggers a small, worthy revelation."
Essayist Pickering's (Deprived of Happiness, 1998, etc.) world is willfully circumscribed, mostly his family and friends (real and unreal) and the immediate landscape and what came in that day's mail, but he knows just how to coax from the ordinary the kind of sustained nourishment that imbues life with significance. Read full book review >

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TRESPASSING by Sam Pickering
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 20, 1994

"The jokes are often outrageously corny, the whimsy strained, but they're all part of the delight Pickering so palpably creates in this endearing celebration of the ordinary, the profound, and, most of all, the absurd."
From Pickering—English professor (Univ. of Connecticut) and reluctant inspiration for the movie Dead Poets Society—more essays that distill from life's accumulated clutter the small telling details that amuse, illuminate, and often lyrically celebrate. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE CATERPILLAR by Sam Pickering
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 1997

"His writing is not only a delight, it's also inviting: Flip open to any page and enter the flow."
More essays—clever, observant, sidelong—chronicling the quotidian from Pickering (Trespassing, 1994, etc.). ``I root about in the good muck of daily life,'' confesses Pickering (Literature/Univ. of Connecticut), foraging in wood and field and coffee shop ``in hopes of harvesting a sense of season.'' He's a down-home essayist, opting for celebrating skunk cabbage over lady's slipper, mosquitoes over scarlet tanagers. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO A TEACHER by Sam Pickering
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A talented teacher tells all—though not every impression we leave class with may have been in the lesson plan."
An eclectic, uneven collection of ten essays recast as letters addressed to veteran and beginning teachers. Read full book review >

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DEPRIVED OF UNHAPPINESS by Sam Pickering
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"These are all stories of the commonplace, but in Pickering's hands they rise like yeast, a chemistry of clever writing that teases oblique pleasure from the mundane."
More fine brushes with the rank and splendor of everyday life from Pickering (The Blue Caterpillar, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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SKELLY THE SKELETON GIRL by Jimmy Pickering
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Reminiscent of the works of Tim Burton, this gothic treat is perfect for those who like to be scared—just a tiny bit. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Skelly is a little skeleton girl who lives in a spooky house high on a hill. Read full book review >

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LESSONS FOR LIFE by Marianne Pickering
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

Published in cooperation with the Denver Museum of Natural History, this title in the Our Human Family series seeks to explore the human quest for understanding, but it lacks clear definitions and the examples are often atypical or confusing. ``Every human culture has systems to guide the mental, physical, and moral growth of its members,'' states Pickering in her first book, and then describes how cultures around the world, grouped by geographic region (Europe and the Middle East fall under one chapter), provide academic, social, vocational, and personal education. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE PEACE by Paul Pickering
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A Pilgrim's Progress going nowhere (which may have been the author's intention)."
A mishmash of a tale that mixes the fantastic misadventures of a modern-day hero often mistaken for Christ with stories from the New Testament retold from an offbeat off-putting slant. Read full book review >

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SKELLY & FEMUR by Jimmy Pickering
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Kids may enjoy the baroque illustrations of this peculiar undead family, but they're unlikely to ask for it more than once. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Skelly the skeleton girl, of the eponymous 2007 book, has lost her buttons. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

"Taken individually the poems are pleasantly ghoulish—but all in all, this is Prelutsky in an uncharacteristically dark vein. (Picture book/poetry. 8-11)"
The planets circling distant suns should definitely be avoided, according to these cautionary verses and eerie illustrations. Read full book review >

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HALLOWEEN NIGHT by Elizabeth Hatch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2005

"Hatch's tale of Halloween shenanigans makes a nice addition to the seasonal book shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
For her debut, Hatch weaves a comical tale of Halloween delight with "The House That Jack Built" overtones. Read full book review >

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SNOW by Sam Usher
by Sam Usher, illustrated by Sam Usher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"With toys coming to life, all the fun in the snow, and the lovely child-grandparent relationship, this is a welcome addition to the winter bookshelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
With untouched snow outside, all a boy wants to do is to go to the park, but there is an obstacle. Read full book review >