Search Results: "Thomas Christensen"


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1616 by Thomas Christensen
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Despite organizational issues, Christensen provides interesting anecdotes and a unique reading experience. The book comes together more as a series of historical vignettes than as a comprehensive history."
A well-researched and entertaining but somewhat scattershot look at a single watershed year in history and how its upheaval changed the world. Read full book review >

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RIVER OF INK by Thomas Christensen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"An uneven collection enlivened by some bright spots."
Assorted essays about people, places and ideas. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"It's as if Thomas Pynchon, Graham Greene, and Milan Kundera had collaborated with Nabokov on a script for Woody Allen."
Vladimir Nabokov, wherever he is now, is either chuckling uncontrollably or purple with indignation over this delightfully tricky first novel by a young Cuban writer. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A rare and valuable insider's take."
Castro's Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Merchant Marine recounts his role as a secret revolutionary among the middle classes in the cities and plains of 1950s Cuba. Read full book review >

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ELVIS by Bonnie Christensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"Despite some missteps, adult Elvis fans will be thrilled to share this book with children. (author's note, timeline) (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Brief poems present the childhood and youth of the King of rock 'n' roll. Read full book review >

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THE CHINA CHALLENGE by Thomas J. Christensen
NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2015

"Convincing arguments by a thoughtful, cool-headed China expert."
A readable, balanced approach, situated between the pessimists and the optimists, to determining the answer to a crucial question: is China poised to take over the world? Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Meritorious but ultimately disappointing. (author's notes, bibliography, discography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
The brilliant jazz guitarist's life from birth in a Roma camp to stardom on a floodlit Paris stage,is sketched in free verse and vibrant oils. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"Nary a dull moment in this rousing profile. (chronology, bibliography, videography) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
Christensen unabashedly positions Nellie Bly in the pantheon of feminist heroes. Read full book review >

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REBUS RIOT by Bonnie Christensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Exuberant watercolor on scratchboard illustrations are a free-spirited fandango of pantomime and play. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Rolling-on-the-floor laughter is sure to accompany this collection of wickedly funny rebus poems. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2003

"Share it with women of all ages. (Short stories. 12 )"
Stories from Pat Cummings, Minfong Ho, Jean Craighead George, Alma Flor Ada, and other award-winning children's and young-adult writers tackle a topic that transcends race, ethnicity, and culture: grandmothers. Read full book review >

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PLANT A LITTLE SEED by Bonnie Christensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Text and pictures align nicely in this fresh celebration of gardening as food for both body and soul. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In reverent lines punctuated with occasional and near rhyme, a girl narrates the cycle of working a community-garden plot over three productive seasons. Read full book review >

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WOODY GUTHRIE by Bonnie Christensen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"A powerful, lyrical tribute to the musician whose music is so much a part of our lives. (Biography. 8-10)"
This moving biography honors the life and work of the legendary folk singer who celebrated the lives of working people all over the US. Read full book review >