Search Results: "Shannon McDermott"


BOOK REVIEW

THE VALLEY OF DECISION by Shannon McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2014

"A solid fantasy that wears its spirituality lightly yet effectively."
In McDemott's (Inspection, 2013, etc.) latest fantasy novel, an embittered warrior leads a revolt against an ethereal enemy enslaving his people and finds himself in a fight for his own soul. Read full book review >

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MONKEY by Gerald McDermott
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"This final volume in McDermott's sextet of trickster tales is as full of kid appeal and entertaining as the rest and, like them, will power many an energetic read-aloud. (Picture book/folktale. 5-10)"
Monkey wants some mangoes and Crocodile wants some monkey—and neither is about to give up in this traditional Indian trickster tale. Read full book review >

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CREATION by Gerald McDermott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Accessible to small children but resonant enough for older ones, reverent and magnificent. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)"
Decades of turning myth into gorgeously imaged picture books culminates in McDermott's powerful rendering of the creation story. Read full book review >

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PIG-BOY by Gerald McDermott
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Good rascally fun. (Picture book/folktale. 3-5)"
Joining McDermott's other trickster tales meant for keiki ("very young children" in the Hawaiian language) is the tale of the shape-shifting pig whose annoying and greedy habits land him in endless trouble with both the king and the goddess Pele. Read full book review >

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BABYFACE by Jeanne McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Although not a story to be bestowed upon expectant mothers at baby showers, McDermott's courageous tale will prove riveting to most readers."
The gripping story of science writer and teacher McDermott's first year as the mother of a disabled child. Read full book review >

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AFTER THIS by Alice McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Genuinely moving yet amorphous, like a remembered fragrance that you can't quite place."
A disarmingly understated tale of mid-to-late-20th-century Long Island Catholics from McDermott, who has come to own this particular literary turf after five penetrating novels and a National Book Award. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A fine addition to the body of work by a proven master. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
Jabutí, the flute-playing tortoise, may not be as well known in North America as some of his fellow tricksters like Coyote or Ananse, but there are many stories about him in Amazonian folklore, first recorded as long ago as 1875. Read full book review >

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ZOMO THE RABBIT by Gerald McDermott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

A rabbit asks the sky god for wisdom, and learns that he must first fool three animals. Read full book review >

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Released: May 20, 1974

"McDermott's fusion of primitive costumes, motifs and legend with contemporary design and color sense is highly ambitious — and, in this instance, explosively, elementally beautiful."
The gold, ochre and black of the stylized pueblo, the Boy's transformation from a Kachina-like silhouette into an arrow strong enough to reach his father the Sun and, finally, the explosion of color as Boy enters the Sun's four chambers to confront monster lions, serpents, bees and lightning — all add up to a richer, more kinetic, more functional balance between story and visual effects than were to be found in McDermott's highly praised Anansi the Spider. Read full book review >

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AT WEDDINGS AND WAKES by Alice McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"In translucent prose with rich recognitions, a fine novel of vigorous wisdom and heartbreaking humanity."
Following the author's splendid That Night (1987), this remarkable novel—about the temper and times of an Irish-American family in 1950's Long Island and Brooklyn—firmly establishes McDermott as a writer of major talent. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"A chilling, often depressing read that merits attention, if only for the other 'perfect soldiers' who may be waiting out there."
Is there any reason why we need to know more about the 19 hijackers who attacked America on 9/11? Read full book review >

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CHILD OF MY HEART by Alice McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2002

"We know what's coming, but so do the characters—that's part of this tale's bittersweet power."
After the National Book Award-winning Charming Billy (1998), McDermott returns to the familiar turf of her earlier fiction: East Hampton and the inner life of a precocious girl one crucial summer. Read full book review >