Search Results: "Sheila Keenan"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Not a necessary purchase. (Nonfiction. 3-4)"
"The powerful symbols in this book stand for what the United States stands for: liberty, equality, and freedom." Read full book review >

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AS THE CROW FLIES by Sheila Keenan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A helpful addition to the nature shelf, especially for its uncommon focus on urban birds. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Rhyming couplets celebrate the abilities and ubiquity of crows and the noisy crowds of a city winter roost. Read full book review >

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TOILET by David Macaulay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Even readers who received fastidious toilet training and admonitions against potty humor will let down their guard and find this book both informative and entertaining. (glossary, resources, index, author's notes) (Informational early reader. 7 & up)"
A perfect blend of humor and clarity—in text and in artwork—explains the anatomy of human waste, the mechanics of a flush toilet and the subsequent treatment of waste in septic and sewer systems. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"And will a young scholar read it again and look for more? You bet—it's great fuel for the imagination. (Nonfiction early reader. 4-8)"
Hooray for the launch of a new nonfiction series for newly fledged readers! Read full book review >

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PUTTING ON THE RITZ by Joe Keenan
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An ebullient, overplotted tour of New York's brutish high life that's zany, arch, and gay in every sense of the word."
In a knockabout sequel to Blue Heaven (1988), songwriter Philip Cavanaugh agrees to write a set of tunes for untalented would-be songbird Elsa Champion—as a cover for spying on her boorish super- rich husband Peter. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2006

"Adventuresome and enlightening brain candy for the jet set."
A devilishly witty travelogue from a globetrotting expatriate's wife. Read full book review >

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AN EVIL CRADLING by Brian Keenan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Harrowing; exalting; unforgettable."
A hostage memoir unlike any other—because from the nearly unimaginable degradations that Keenan, a working-class Irishman, suffered for four and a half years at the hands of Muslim extremists, he's woven not only a compelling tale of endurance but an indelible testament to, as he puts it, ``the richness, perhaps even enchantment, of humanity.'' In 1986, Keenan, then 36 and teaching in Beirut, was snatched by Shi'ite gunmen—an act he describes in the kind of penetrative detail that distinguishes his narrative: ``I noticed two of [the gunmen] breathing very fast. Read full book review >

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FOUR QUARTERS OF LIGHT by Brian Keenan
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Keenan's self-deprecating humor and eagerness to learn set this apart from many travelogues."
Where does an Irishman go after reading The Call of the Wild? To the Arctic Circle, of course. Read full book review >

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Phantom Fire by J.R. Keenan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2014

"A complicated yet convincing story of good and evil that keeps the preaching to a minimum, the suspense to the extreme."
In Keenan's (The Origin and Applicability of Fighter Tactics, 1986) epictale, a retired fighter pilotand football star, now an accomplished actor, returns to the town of his youth to seek answers and perhaps right wrongs of the past. But he'd better hurry: he only has one day to live.Read full book review >

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PACKING UP by Brigid Keenan
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Intimate, funny and keenly observed."
A British memoirist continues the engaging story she began in her best-selling book, Diplomatic Baggage (2005), about her late-midlife experiences as the wife of a career diplomat. Read full book review >

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MY LUCKY STAR by Joe Keenan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2006

"Keenan freshens his obvious model, Noël Coward's drawing-room farces, by restoring the gay sex Coward had to edit out."
A pair of comedy writers are lured to Hollywood, where their troubles swiftly swell to epic proportions in this catty, overplotted farce from the longtime writer/producer of Frasier.Read full book review >

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SEX WITH SHAKESPEARE by Jillian Keenan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A raunchy memoir revealing a visceral connection to the Bard."
With a fetish for being spanked, Keenan sees sex in nearly every Shakespearean play. Read full book review >