Search Results: "Stanley Crawford"


BOOK REVIEW

SEED by Stanley Crawford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"Gossamer-thin entertainment."
Everything must go in this playful snapshot of an end-of-life giveaway, the sixth novel from an offbeat author (Petroleum Man, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 1992

"Somewhat self-conscious and static in spots, but, still, an evocative book written in clean, often startlingly beautiful prose. (Illustrations.)"
A contemplative, ``overeducated'' writer turned small-time farmer tells of his adventures planting and harvesting garlic on a semi-arid plot of land in New Mexico. Read full book review >

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PETROLEUM MAN by Stanley Crawford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2005

"Reads like a buttoned-down Tom Wolfe."
Satirical self-portrait of a tycoon better at managing his money than his family—in Crawford's first novel since Some Instructions (1978). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 4, 1997

"Given this intimate and persuasive account of a decent, honest man, readers cannot help but wonder about the course of history if only Michael, and not Nicholas, had been tsar. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Thwarted love, scandal, and tragedy among royals, this time played out in the genuinely moving story of Michael Romanov. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIKE by Ron Crawford
by Ron Crawford, illustrated by Ron Crawford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 1993

"Kids are sure to enjoy reading both and making the connections. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Told almost entirely in bold cartoons rendered in broad, energetic black lines with bright added color, a story for the newest readers. ``Bike'' is the blond protagonist's idÇe fixe: it's her message to Santa; the subject of her dreams and her art (``Mom?'' she asks, proffering her drawing); and what she spies in Dad's paper (Dad?''). Read full book review >

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CARTER’S BIG BREAK by Brent Crawford
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"No literary blockbuster, this sophomore novel nevertheless propels Carter further along in reader fandom. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Narrowly scraping through his freshman year, 14-year-old Will Carter is looking forward to swimming with his buddies and making out with his girlfriend, Abby. Read full book review >

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BLAIZE OF GLORY by Louise Crawford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Silly dialogue, unappealing characters, and more mush than mayhem."
Recovering food addict and former p.i. Read full book review >

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A NOBLE PARADISE by James Crawford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A genuine family drama that might inspire and encourage other single parents."
A false allegation and a critically injured child destroy a single dad's picture-perfect family in this novel by Crawford (Mariner Valley, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 20, 1994

"To which an ungenerous reader, sick of the facile application of psychobabble to the complex condition of being alive, might snarlingly add publishing."
Crawford (Mommie Dearest, 1978, etc.) focuses on the family as the incubating ground for all the social and emotional ills for which psychologists and talk-show hosts have recently found names. Read full book review >

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CARTER FINALLY GETS IT by Brent Crawford
FANTASY
Released: April 7, 2009

"Crawford avoids moralizing, while nicely balancing toilet humor and developing social maturity. (Fiction. YA)"
Freshmen firsts: hookups, heartaches, humiliations. Read full book review >

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A CATERED HALLOWEEN by Isis Crawford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A lightweight mystery with lots of chitchat, food sampling and an impossibly arch coda. Like A Catered Valentine's Day (2007, etc.), includes simple, high-carb recipes, not sampled."
Guess what's wafting around the haunted house. Read full book review >