Search Results: "Spike Walker"


BOOK REVIEW

ALASKA by Spike Walker
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2002

"A pleasure even for those who simply like the idea of Alaska, let alone pine to go there."
Fast becoming the dean of Alaskan adventure writing, Walker (Coming Back Alive, 2001, etc.) assembles here a crackerjack collection of evocative writings from that state, spread over time and geography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 1997

"Even a quick dip into this collection will convince you of that."
The Bering Sea in January can be a mean place, as Walker (Working on the Edge, 1991) relates in this spine-tingling (if redundant) collection—particularly when the winds clip by at 100 mph, the waves crest at 60 feet, the water temperature is 38 degrees, it's nightime, and your boat is sinking. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WORKING ON THE EDGE by Spike Walker
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1991

"Skillfully written and intelligently observed with all the muscle, beauty, and energy of a 145-foot Alaskan fishing boat making way through the treacherous waters of Shelikof Strait, hard by the 8000-foot passes in the Aleutian mountains. (Sixteen pages of b & w photographs—not seen.)"
Gripping, true-adventure account of crewing on deep-sea Alaskan fishing boats. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 2001

"Don't be surprised if tears of relief flood your eyes after finishing any number of these death-dealing stories."
Wonderfully suspenseful tales of air-sea rescue from Walker (Nights of Ice, 1997, etc.), a veteran chronicler of such acts of heroism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"Solid reporting on a significant body of work. (40 photos)"
An objective take on the life and works of a groundbreaking, controversial filmmaker. Despite the misleading author credit, this is not an autobiography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Just like the athletes Lee admires most, he and Wiley play their hearts out here, making this one of the best sports books of recent years. (8 pages of b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Commentary on professional basketball woven through a memoir and reflections on the state of late-20th-century, interracial America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAX ARCHER KID DETECTIVE:  THE CASE OF THE WET BED by Howard J.  Bennett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2011

"Even if there were not an alarming dearth of titles on this subject aimed at kids, this would stand out as a most thorough, highly readable resource. (Blended nonfiction. 6-10)"
Max is a detective who likes to "help kids with their problems"—this case takes on bedwetting. Read full book review >

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PLEASE, BABY, PLEASE by Spike Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"The repetitive text, sunny illustrations, and entirely familiar scenarios will make this a favorite of parents and children alike. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Parents and caregivers will recognize the ritualistic pleading that takes place when spending the day with a toddler. Read full book review >

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GIANT STEPS TO CHANGE THE WORLD by Spike Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Purposeful in a good way. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The opening two pages of inspirational quotations from men and women both famous and not-quite serve as a de facto table of contents for a series of collages and accompanying homilies (often quite clunky ones) from the Lees. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HURRY UP, ALFIE! by Anna Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Some days parents end up a crumpled heap on the floor—Alfie shows why! (Picture book. 3-6)"
A boisterous crocodile does not want to get dressed in the morning. Read full book review >