Search Results: "Tim Brookes"


BOOK REVIEW

TIM by Sam Enthoven
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2008

"This may be entertaining for some, but the book could have used some judicious editing and another draft before publication. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
London is in big trouble, and only something really, really big can save the city. Read full book review >

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GUITAR by Tim Brookes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2005

"An intelligent work with the quality of a sonorous voice drifting from a radio. (NPR, in fact, will be airing six of his guitar segments to coincide with the book's publication.)"
With a storyteller's—and a guitarist's—sense of pitch and timing, NPR commentator/essayist Brookes (A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow, 2000, etc.) delivers both a cultural history of the guitar and a chronicle of the intricate process that went into the construction of his own dream instrument. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"An affecting memoir by a talented writer that leaves the reader regretting that he did not probe even more widely and deeply into the nature and role of the hospice."
The news that his mother is dying of cancer transforms a journalist's inquiry into the growing hospice movement—what might have been a full-fledged investigative report becomes a moving, highly personal memoir. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"Strong reporting, nicely balanced between the subjective and the objective."
A literate investigation of asthma from just about every conceivable angle. Read full book review >

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THE DRIVEWAY DIARIES by Tim Brookes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2005

"A sophisticated writer, like many before him, moves his family to Vermont and cranks out an elegy to the simple life. Not quite E.B. White among the chickens, but pleasant enough."
The British NPR essayist, living in the U.S. since 1973, moves to Vermont and evolves into a true old Down East philosopher. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"This enjoyable book functions variously: as an enthusiastic pro-hitchhiking treatise, a reverent guide to an evanescent 'ordinary' America, and a sometimes-pedantic address of contemporary division and isolation."
A frequently charming narrative epic in which a one-time hippie hitchhiker throws off middle-aged shackles and takes to the road in search of an America that, this time, he finds everywhere. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TERRIBLE TIM by Katie Haworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"The mess is good fun, but the story is a bit bland next to the more emotionally intense likes of No, David! and Dinosaur vs. Bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
No need to set off in search of Wild Things when little Tim's in the vicinity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIM AND PETE by James Robert Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, despite the excesses and overall shapelessness: some antic instances and vivid nostalgia for pre-AIDS gay life, combined with a pungent depiction of rabid heterophobia."
Baker (Fuel-Injected Dreams, 1986; Boy Wonder, 1988) brings together two gay ex-lovers for a 24-hour swing through the streets and byways of L.A. Sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, and violence: the guided tour is sometimes smartly satirical, sometimes padded with endless pages of dialogue, mind-numbing instances, and predictable types, though a Charlie Manson riff livens up the finish. Read full book review >

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TIM AND THE BLANKET THIEF by John Prater
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"Nice. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tim is, well, timid; unlike the boisterous other children Prater depicts in his engaging, freely rendered pencil-and- watercolor illustrations, he doesn't like ``noisy, messy fun or being splashed or roughhousing.'' What he does love, despite the teasing, is his blanket; and when a pointy-hatted creature—a sort of shadow with a shadow of its own—steals this constant companion while Tim sleeps, he sets out, with unaccustomed boldness, in a dreamlike pursuit over mountains and seas to the thief's ``dreadful lair.'' Tim's brave demand for his blanket dissipates the thief's ``huge darkness,'' whereupon the lad retrieves not only his own but a hoard of other ``blankets, teddy bears, and best-loved toys'' and goes home to a hero's welcome. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Zingy and opinionated, this romp through the development of American fashion gives readers a historical perspective with which to view their closets."
Fashion history meets style guide in the latest from the Project Runway mentor. Read full book review >

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A CAT NAMED TIM AND OTHER STORIES by John Martz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Visual learners and younger children alike will pore delightedly over these nearly wordless sequences. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Four whimsical cartoon outings feature an overlapping cast of small anthropomorphic animals artfully placed to lead eyes up, down, around and past page turns to mishaps and surprises. Read full book review >

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PENGUIN PETE AND LITTLE TIM by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"The adorable illustrations are the only appealing thing about this dull, confused penguin tale. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-5)"
On this particular snowy day, Penguin Pete (Penguin Pete, not reviewed) takes his son, Tim, out for a walk. Read full book review >