Search Results: "Theodore F. Cook"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Oral history of a compellingly high order."
Haunting voices from a dark, disgraceful past, which afford a stunning and revelatory panorama of Japan's WW II experience. Read full book review >

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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: FORERUNNER TO AMERICAN HORROR
by Andrew Liptak

It’s almost a rite of passage in high school: your English teacher takes out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel The Scarlet Letter, and you, as a student, have to slog through the antiquated prose and story for several weeks. Friends and family don’t remember the book fondly, but recently, I’ve begun to understand just how critical The Scarlet Letter and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LORD OF THE KILL by Theodore Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Taylor's cause is a worthy one, but the perfunctory story onto which he loads it is a nonstarter. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Light on plot, heavy on agenda, this sequel to The Sniper (1989) belabors readers with the author's outrage over the illicit use of rare or exotic animals in "canned" hunts and Asian medicine. Read full book review >

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TO KILL THE LEOPARD by Theodore Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"You really are there."
Realistic submarine suspense, set in WW II, by Taylor (Monocolo, 1989; The Stalker, 1987), who's also written a number of YA novels (The Weirdo, The Cay, etc.). Read full book review >

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ICE DRIFT by Theodore Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"The lack of tension and the uneasy mixture of story and information hamper what has obvious potential, but the plot will attract readers, and the tear-jerking conclusion will satisfy those who go with the floe. (Inuit glossary, author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
When a 50-foot-high iceberg crashes into their ice floe, 14-year-old Alika and his younger brother Sulu are separated from land and home. Read full book review >

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THE BOMB by Theodore Taylor
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Interspersed with brief paragraphs about the development of the bomb and concluding with a factual epilogue, this delivers readers into the middle of a harrowing, if neglected, piece of history. (Fiction. 12+)"
Sorry Rinamu, 14, is happy to see the end of the Japanese occupation of his people's island of Bikini. Read full book review >

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MARIA by Theodore Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Taylor (The Cay, 1969, plus numerous other adventures) fashions a heartwarmer about a Mexican-American's efforts to get her people included in their California town's Christmas festivities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN INTIMATE HISTORY OF HUMANITY by Theodore Zeldin
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

A courageous, often profound, and extraordinary attempt by one of England's best historians to cut through the pessimism and parochialism of the profession and to find the bonds of humanity underlying its conventional divisions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"This attempt to define a social program for the elderly reads too much like an idealized personal and generational self-portrait effectively to persuade. (Author tour)"
Assuming a high moral ground for his generation—and, by implication, himself—historian Roszak follows the rebellious youth whose ideals he analyzed 30 years ago (The Making of a Counter Culture, 1969) into their dawning old age, claiming for them a wisdom that could enrich American society with a vibrant new altruism. Read full book review >

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ALEXANDRIA by Theodore Vrettos
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 6, 2001

"Still, a fine portrait of a city long overshadowed by its Italian master."
What Rome was to politics and war, Alexandria was to scholarship and culture—or so contends Vrettos (The Elgin Affair, 1997) in this rather disjointed history. Read full book review >