Search Results: "Stanley Crouch"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 1995

"As innovative as jazz, as complex as a fugue, little that Crouch writes can be ignored. (Author tour)"
A remarkable collection of essays from one of our greatest black intellectuals and one of the country's noblest public citizens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A story rich in musical history and poignant with dramatic irony."
A veteran cultural critic and jazz historian tells the simultaneous stories of the rise of jazz and the emergence of one of its brightest comets, Charlie Parker (1920-1955). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 9, 1998

A self-impressed, capriciously hit-and-miss collection of New York Daily News columns and longer thought pieces by jazz guru and social/cultural critic Crouch (The All-American Skin Game, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOCKED DOORS by Blake Crouch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 11, 2005

"Blunt but expertly paced and viscerally effective, with many surprises and genuine chills."
Popular suspense writer Andrew Thomas (Desert Places, 2004), still wrongly believed to be a serial killer, lives in hiding but can't escape fan(atic)s or a copycat killer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DESERT PLACES by Blake Crouch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2004

"Sordid and mindlessly sadistic. There may be an audience for stuff this nasty, but wary readers will pass. Sadly, a sequel's in the works."
Brotherly love hammered ad nauseam in an unsavory horror debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TROUBLE WITH WISHES by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A classy retelling of a classic myth highlighting the meaning of real companionship. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this version of the Greek myth Pygmalion, Stanley interprets "notions of perfect beauty and misguided love." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONKEY SUNDAY by Sanna Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: April 20, 1998

"It's not much of a story, and the illustrations do not intensify the drama; they are poorly drawn and composed, with skewed perspectives that are artless. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An unusual tale with a small scope, strong on atmosphere, weak in its storytelling and in its illustration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUMPELSTILTSKIN'S DAUGHTER by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Those who like Babette Cole's send- ups will find plenty of giggles in this reworking. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A feminist revision of Rumpelstiltskin, in which the small man and the miller's daughter marry and raise a daughter, Hope, who finds herself in the same room of straw her mother once faced. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 1991

"Note on the Hawaiian language; bibliography. (Biography. 7-10)"
Third in line for the throne when she was born in 1875 to the younger sister of Princess (later Queen) Lili'uokalani and the Scottish Archibald Cleghorn, Ka'iulani's short life was dominated by the dissolution of the Hawaiian monarchy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCESS OF CORTOVA by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Like the earlier volumes, this is an excellent blend of familiar fantasy tropes and original ideas and elements that will please readers while giving them plenty to ponder. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Molly, Alaric and Tobias return to share a final adventure that will intrigue, sadden and ultimately satisfy admirers of their earlier escapades (The Cup and the Crown, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 22, 1992

"Superficial, then, but, for fans of medical drama, still a roller-coaster ride with plenty of peaks and plunges."
Stanley, a free-lance journalist from Portland, Oregon, chronicles her three-week sojourn as a fly on the wall in the labor-and-delivery unit of Oregon Health Services Univ. Read full book review >