Search Results: "Timothy Brook"


BOOK REVIEW

MR. SELDEN'S MAP OF CHINA by Timothy Brook
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An infectious, satisfying exercise in intellectual doggedness."
A work of exuberant scholarship radiates from a map of China bequeathed to Oxford's Bodleian Library in 1659. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A magic-carpet conducted by a genial, learned host."
Details in the noted Dutch artist's paintings lead readers through doorways into the period when the world was becoming increasingly interconnected. Read full book review >

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FACING DOWN FEARS WITH HELEN OXENBURY
by Julie Danielson

If you are a fan of the work of British illustrator Helen Oxenbury, now is a good time. “Helen Oxenbury has charmed generations of children with her award-winning illustrations,” says one. “Helen Oxenbury is among the most popular and critically acclaimed illustrators of all time,” says another. I refer to the jacket-flap bios of two brand-new Oxenbury-illustrated picture ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL FRIENDS by Holly Brook-Piper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"A bright and pleasant tactile title. (Board book. 6 mos.-1)"
The world of animals is explored in this touch-and-feel board book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE AFTERMATH by Rhidian Brook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Uneven storytelling fails to do justice to a fascinating moment in history."
The ruins of post-World War II Germany provide the complicated emotional background to a sensitive but inconsistent story exploring the fallout from epic catastrophe and loss. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

"The debut of a sharp new pundit, just in time for an overdue national debate."
An impassioned new voice proffers political self-help for a downtrodden polity. Read full book review >

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THE JOURNEY OF ENGLISH by Donna Brook
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 1998

"Zallinger's artwork takes a realistic approach that works well covering both the language's ancient origins and its more contemporary influences. (maps, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
This spirited tour of the origin and growth of the English language, only slightly longer than a picture book, can get boosterish ("in India, gaining education, power, and wealth means learning English"), but illustrates well the simple fact that languages don't evolve in a vacuum. Read full book review >

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THE PRONE GUNMAN by Jean-Patrick Manchette
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"Brutal and bracing: Terrier's tale fascinates even as it chills."
The second English translation of the late Manchette (Three To Kill, p. 146). Read full book review >

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Released: June 28, 1993

"Plagued by name-dropping, humor tending toward the sophomoric, and arbitrary evaluations: middling both as city-guide and as social commentary."
Having turned his acerbic gaze on the Big Apple (New York Days, New York Nights, 1985), Texas (Honkytonk Gelato, 1985), three European capitals (Vanished Empire, 1990), and Israel (Winner Takes All, 1991), Brook, who's British, now focuses on L.A.—in a travelogue marked by the superciliousness that's marred some of his earlier work. Read full book review >