Search Results: "Steve Rushin"


BOOK REVIEW

STING-RAY AFTERNOONS by Steve Rushin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2017

"Rushin provides convincing evidence that life in the '70s wasn't as chaotic as it's often made out to be."
An award-winning sportswriter looks back, mostly fondly, at a childhood in the 1970s in a Minnesota suburb. Read full book review >

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THE PINT MAN by Steve Rushin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"There are some flashes of wit—Rodney tells Mairead, a stickler for correct use of apostrophes, 'you're beautiful when you're pedantic'—but they blur into a comic monologue too eager to please."
Rushin's first novel revels in wordplay and pub culture but skimps on everything else. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Engaging, entertaining, and more laid-back than many sports books."
Wry essays on sport and its enthusiasts by an agile writer (Road Swing, 1998) who's likely to discern the human-interest story behind the statistics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Too bad in a a volume that often offers moments of (Thomas) Boswellian sagacity."
It is unfortunate that Rushin's often sophomoric sense of humor intrudes on an otherwise engaging and astutely observed odyssey of the rich variety of American sports, major and minor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Not just sportswriting, but also graceful and gripping cultural history."
A veteran writer for Sports Illustrated takes us through baseball's odd attic, pointing out and narrating the history of the quotidian and the curious. Read full book review >

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BOOK REVIEW

THE QUEEN'S HAT by Steve Antony
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Happily close to the most recent royal birth, this whimsical, British-themed picture book provides a kidcentric introduction to the geography of London and a great opportunity for spontaneous counting and observation activities. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Pursued by a corgi sporting an argyle vest, a cartoonish queen figure runs through London chasing her hat, which is being whisked away by a strong breeze. Read full book review >

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EYE TO EYE by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another impressive presentation from a master craftsman. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
The evolution of the eye and the surprising ways animals see the world are displayed in a thoughtfully designed and engagingly illustrated album. Read full book review >

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IS THAT YOU, ALIEN? by Steve Cox
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"A labored effort to squeeze a little more juice from a once-fresh gimmick. (Novelty. 5-7)"
Intrepid readers who don't mind slipping their hands into places without looking will get what they deserve from this backyard hunt for aliens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHOEMAKER EXTRAORDINAIRE by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"High marks for energy. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-8)"
Wildly terpsichorean collages, constructed from patterned cloth and paper cutouts decorated with bright paint and shoe-sole prints, illustrate this original tale of a clever itinerant cobbler and a nearsighted giant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIVING COLOR by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2007

"Extra facts about coloration and thumbnails providing basic information about each animal depicted make up the backmatter of this volume, which is guaranteed to be a browser's delight. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Color becomes the organizing factor in this new exploration of the quirks of the animal world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STAN AND THE TOILET MONSTER by Steve Shreve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Tableaux done as large, simple line drawings featuring the annoyed-looking monster and hunched, hapless-looking smaller figures on nearly every page give the tale that fashionable Wimpy Kid look A serviceable placeholder for the Captain's next outing, with all the stinks and goo but not so much of the wit. (Illustrated fiction. 9-11)"
A pet iguana flushed down a toilet, a scientist's unwelcomed potion for giant Brussels sprouts, a sociopathic dog named Mr. Snuggles and a reeking glob of slime that turns out not to be a baseball are but some of the elements in this Captain Underpants-style yuck-o-rama. Read full book review >