Search Results: "Timothy Jay Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

COOPER'S PROMISE by Timothy Jay Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Literary dynamite."
In Smith's debut novel, a former American soldier hiding out in a small African country can't escape the ghosts of his past. Read full book review >

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NAPOLEON by Timothy Wilson-Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Stale loaf from a famous French bakery. (16 pp. b&w photographs, not seen)"
A familiar, cursory look at Napoleon's accomplishments and failures: martial, civil, and cultural. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Exhaustively overworked, yet provides essential closure."
Sprawling, sensational case history of an innocent man's conviction and unprecedented exoneration. Read full book review >

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HERE IS MY HEART by William Jay Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Dyer contributes delicate, colored pencil drawings to the book, which is about the same size as a valentine. (index) (Poetry. 4-10)"
Smith has gathered often humorous, always amorous poems from the traditional to the new, from contributors with household names to the poetically omnipresent Anonymous. Read full book review >

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UP THE HILL AND DOWN by William Jay Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An ordinary gathering, likely to be lost in the shuffle—and deservedly so. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
Nearly a quarter of the 29 short, conventional rhymes in this rather self-serving collection are Smith's own, and all are reprints. Read full book review >

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ALEMBIC by Timothy d'Arch Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"Even the esoterica—the only thing that might have carried the reader along—gets washed away in this tide."
Recondite fiction by a London antiquarian and bibliophile who seems to have figured Pynchon's voice without grasping his depth. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE KING'S KITCHEN by William Jay Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

"Overall: pleasing but not essential. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An attractive presentation of traditional and other riddles, chosen as much for their poetic quality as for their humor or the challenge of the puzzles; the thematic grouping would tend to suggest solutions even if the answers weren't given. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Especially valuable for the early chapters on the youthful, pre-fame Williams, but in its entirety a tender portrait that will appeal to scholars and fans alike."
Fragmentary but affecting memories of the playwright by former Library of Congress poetry consultant Smith (Up the Hill and Down, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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MONKEY ME AND THE PET SHOW by Timothy Roland
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"A silly story with even sillier comic-book-style illustrations for transitioning readers. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Monkey business continues in this second installment of the Monkey Me series for transitional and early readers. Read full book review >

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RUN FAR, RUN FAST by Timothy Decker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A gripping episode, though the plot comes to such an abrupt end that it reads like the opening chapter of a longer work. (Graphic fiction. 10-12)"
"Every year was the same until her tenth summer. The Pestilence entered the girl's world like a tide." Read full book review >