Search Results: "Syd Gilmore"


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APOLLO DREAMS by Syd Gilmore
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Not just an engaging coming-of-age adventure, but also a lovingly rendered period piece."
This debut YA novel explores the changing relationship between an outer-space-obsessed boy and his moody older brother. Read full book review >

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LIGHTHOUSE CHILDREN by Syd Hoff
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 30, 1994

"Cheery, but sloppy. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
What a cozy, old-fashioned world this popular author creates—and how improbable, whether it's the precarious placement of old lighthouse-keeper Sam's feet on a winding stair or the story's pat conclusion. Read full book review >

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DANNY AND THE DINOSAUR GO TO CAMP by Syd Hoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 1996

"Every collection will have room for this welcome addition to the popular series. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Danny and his dinosaur (who, although he has been Danny's friend since 1958, has never been given a name) are off again, this time to summer camp, and everyone has a wonderful time, including readers. Read full book review >

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A GROUP OF ONE by Rachna Gilmore
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Development of some minor characters is weak (Raj, the father, never comes to life), but Tara, Rohini, and Naniji are strong women who fight back against the tone of didacticism that sometimes floats to the surface. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Irreverent and sassy, Tara-My-Stara (as her hip mom calls her) is determined to be a "regular Canadian," not a hyphenated one. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 1998

"Not an essential volume, but Gilmore's angles are consistently provocative."
Essays on pop culture by longtime Rolling Stone contributor Gilmore, steeped in the same sensitivity to moral and emotional darkness that made his memoir, Shot in the Heart (1994), a classic American horror story. Read full book review >

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STRANGE MAGIC by Syd Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"If Moore can find her footing then the future adventures of the Great Essex Witch Museum should make for prime guilty-pleasure reading."
A feisty Essex woman inherits a witch museum and is pulled into a hunt for the remains of an accused witch. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"No one sees films quite the way Field does. An engineer's report on film construction and the view of an original thinker worth appreciating."
The master teacher of screenplay writing charts his Alger-like rise in the film world and reveals himself to be a true Hollywood character. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"But the good moments are far between, hardly worth slogging through the rest for."
A schoolteacher and storyteller tells his own story with scant success. Read full book review >

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THE MOTHERS by Jennifer Gilmore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2013

"Heartbreak occasionally spiced with hilarity characterizes this persuasive docu-novel that scrutinizes mothers with limited sentimentality."
The low-key yet wrenching story of a Brooklyn couple who, after cancer and failed fertility treatment, endure more, different pain in their fixation to achieve parenthood. Read full book review >

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SHOT IN THE HEART by Mikal Gilmore
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"Articulate, brave, and heartbreaking. (15 b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to Rolling Stone; film rights to Alan Pakula; Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection; Quality Paperback Book Club selection; author tour)"
In a narrative that holds all the morbid fascination of a bad car wreck, the kid brother of Gary Gilmore—immortalized in Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song, he campaigned for his own death and became the first person to be executed in America after the death penalty was reinstated in the 1970s—details a sickening family history of violence, rage, and lies that spans several generations. Read full book review >

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THE EXCHANGE STUDENT by Kate Gilmore
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Gilmore shows that Earth might end, not with a bang, but without a bleat, meow, bark, or chirp. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Budding zoologist Daria lives in 2094, 70 years after an environmental crash; the near-extinction of many species of animals puts her in the enviable position of helping replenish Earth by raising creatures in a home zoo. Read full book review >