Search Results: "Thomas P. Riggio"


BOOK REVIEW

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2003

"It's America's Crime and Punishment."
A new edition of Dreiser's massive 1925 masterpiece, a thrillingly detailed social panorama onto which a vivid, sobering tale of ambition and murder and their consequences is painstakingly grafted. Read full book review >

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DREISER'S RUSSIAN DIARY by Thomas P. Riggio
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Dreiser or in the USSR of the 1920s."
Notes on Theodore Dreiser's two-month 192728 tour of the Soviet Union that provided the material for the book Dreiser Looks at Russia (1928). Read full book review >

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P by Andrew Lewis Conn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"A writer to watch."
Patterned on Ulysses, crammed with an entire liberal arts education, this debut's vast ambition goes up against Conn's obvious and genuine talent: against all odds, talent wins. Read full book review >

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I AM THOMAS by Libby Gleeson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"It is far beyond the emotional understanding of the usual picture-book audience and ultimately without substance or purpose for older readers. Dark, bitter and disturbing. (Picture book. 13 & up)"
"March to the beat of your own drummer and never look back," appears to be the theme of this picture book for teens. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"The end result ought to be risible, but Jarvis pulls it off, to stunning effect. (Horror. 10-14)"
A rousing tale of horror and heroism, this last prequel to the Deptford Mice trilogy stands well alone, as the doughty shipmouse Thomas Triton at last reveals his tragic past. Read full book review >

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WHO P-P-P-PLUGGED ROGER RABBIT? by Gary K. Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 1991

"The perfect bookstore browse, though most readers will have had their fill before reaching the register."
Wolf's sequel to Who Censured Roger Rabbit?, the basis for the wildly successful film, presents private eye Eddie Valiant with some conflicting jobs: Roger Rabbit wants him to find out whether Clark Gable's beaten him out for the lead in Gone With the Wind—as well as out of wife Jessica's affections; David Selznick wants him to investigate the theft of a mysterious box from his office (the suspects are the three actors auditioning for Rhett Butler: Gable, Baby Herman, and Roger); Gable wants Eddie to find out who's been planting tabloid stories that say he's gay; and the murder of shadowy toon Kirk Enigman with Eddie's own gun sparks a search for the secret formula for Toon Tonic, which turns people into animated Toons (and vice versa). Read full book review >

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J. P. by John Mooers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2013

"A history buff's guilty pleasure, offering a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of a man whose impact on society lasts to this day."
A historical novel that paints an intimate portrait of J.P. Morgan, U.S. banker, financier and philanthropist. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST OF ERNIE P. by Betty Ren Wright
Released: Oct. 15, 1990

Though he remembers Ernie as a minor bully and a major pest (Ernie died in a fall from a slide while he was teasing younger kids), Jeff tries to be tactful when everyone assumes that he's mourning his best friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOSEPH P. KENNEDY PRESENTS by Cari Beauchamp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2009

"An engrossing, important forgotten chapter in the history of Hollywood and America's premiere political dynasty."
Beauchamp (Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood, 1998, etc.) uncovers the largely untold story of the Kennedy patriarch's adventures in the early days of Hollywood. Read full book review >

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P IS FOR PUMPKIN by Kathy-jo Wargin
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"The little girl shown on the jacket is sound asleep with her dog in a pumpkin patch, but the inside spreads are much more lively than the cover illustration indicates. (Picture book/religion. 2-6)"
The traditional alphabet-book format combines with rhyming couplets that relate Christian concepts to aspects of the fall season. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"But the illustrations have enough fanciful glamour on their own to float the show. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fruity artwork in deep color helps put some luster into this agenda-driven story. Read full book review >

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THOMAS CROMWELL by Tracy Borman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A fine rags-to-riches-to-executioner's-block story of a major figure of the English Reformation."
A mildly revisionist biography of Thomas Cromwell (1485-1540). Read full book review >