Search Results: "Thomas Matthews"


BOOK REVIEW

A VILLAGE IN THE VINEYARDS by Thomas Matthews
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Sara's knockout photos bring everything to life as Tom's awareness of days gurgling down the drain adds poignancy to each passing page."
The best of the crop of recent French vineyard books, perhaps because the most modest—or because it gets its hands dirty. Read full book review >

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DIFFERENT LIKE COCO by Elizabeth Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The endpapers are covered with quotations from Chanel: 'Luxury must be comfortable; otherwise it is not luxury.' (timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
With an economy of storyline and a strong sense of style, Matthews distills the contradictory life of Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel into a neat and fashionable package. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE EGG by Tina Matthews
ANIMALS
Released: March 6, 2007

"Opening scenes of a junk-strewn industrial wasteland that is transformed by the end into grassy, rolling hills add an environmental subtext to this seemingly simple yet multilayered import. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Illustrated with scarlet poultry that pops right out of the black-and-white woodcut illustrations, this variation on "Little Red Hen" offers unusual visual impact, as well as a gentle suggestion that children are not culpable for the sins of their parents. Read full book review >

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JOHN RILEY’S DAUGHTER by Kezi Matthews
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2000

"Matthews's strength is that she creates no villains, but sees all her characters, even the most deeply flawed, with a compassionate eye. (Fiction. 12-14)"
It's 1973, and Memphis Riley, who's just turned 13, has had an explosive fight with her aunt Clover, a 29-year-old woman whom a childhood bout with meningitis left "broken inside her head." Read full book review >

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The Conveyance by Brian Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2016

"An unsettling tale that downplays its sci-fi elements to great effect."
In Matthews' (Revelation, 2015, etc.) sci-fi-tinged thriller, a string of bizarre events leads a psychologist to an alarming secret that he may not live long enough to expose.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ACE OF SPADES by David Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Moments of exuberant power, but Matthews too often stumbles over his own sentences."
Debut memoir relates the author's struggles with a mixed-race identity, his family's battles with poverty and his search for a profoundly schizophrenic mother who disappeared during his infancy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 19, 1994

"This is compelling material worthy of treatment by Gordon Prange or Len Deighton, but it's told here by a sloppy researcher with poor narrative gifts. (B&w photos)"
A plodding account of one of the most fascinating of WW II stories—how Japan sought to spy on the Allies through neutral countries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2011

"Eat your heart out, James Bond."
A rapid-fire biography about the improbable life of humanitarian Stefan Templeton, a "bad guy gone good because he'd never really been that good at being bad." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Ultimately, a fine omnibus treatment of a still-prickly subject, and a valuable contribution to an often turgid debate."
Legalize It: a provocative yet crisply readable and soberly researched examination of the international pro-marijuana scene, originally published in England, but well-suited to clear the smoke of American drug hysteria. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Valuable reporting on a profoundly important question."
Peace in the Middle East is one of the world's great desiderata, and the Bush administration professes to want it. Why, then, asks former Baltimore Sun correspondent Matthews, is the prospect for peace so dim? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF ARTHUR by John Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Well translated into fluid (not pedestrian) modern English: nice variations on a familiar theme."
A kind of Arthurian apocrypha, as medieval folklorist and scholar Matthews (The Bardic Sourcebook, not reviewed) collects more than two dozen "forgotten tales" of King Arthur and his knights. Read full book review >

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JACK KENNEDY by Chris Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Matthews' admiration and gratitude for JFK trump his disapprobation."
Hardball host Matthews (Life's a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success, 2007, etc.) blends tributes and chastisement in this highly personal account of John F. Kennedy's career.Read full book review >