Search Results: "Toby Wilkinson"


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THE RISE AND FALL OF ANCIENT EGYPT by Toby Wilkinson
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2011

"An essential work of Egyptian scholarship with lessons for our time."
Illuminating history of ancient Egypt, focused on the establishment of the first nation-state and the autocratic rulers who both glorified and abused power. Read full book review >

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THE NILE by Toby Wilkinson
NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 2014

"From Aswan to Cairo, encompassing deserts and oases, Wilkinson proves to be a pleasant, nondidactic and always-informative travel companion."
Gently meandering tour of the Nile River in the company of a deeply knowledgeable guide. Read full book review >

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WRITE LETTER TO BILLY by Toby Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The bottom line: too much going on, too many coincidences to allow either the mystery or the search for deeper meaning to become credible."
An unsolved murder pulls together the varied threads of a story that relies heavily on coincidence in reuniting a father with his teenaged daughter, and a brother with his Siamese twin, while also self-consciously exploring memory and identity. Read full book review >

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CORPSING by Toby Litt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Violent, fast, mean, funny, and thoroughly satisfying."
Dinner with his gorgeous ex-girlfriend in an of-the-moment restaurant is made epically memorable for a London screenwriter when an executioner pops in and wipes out the date—and nearly finishes off the writer, who, badly banged-up, carries an understandable grudge. Read full book review >

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LITTLE LOUIE TAKES OFF by Toby Morison
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"A passable addition to the bird-who-can't-fly-themed literature. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Little Louie, a small, black bird, is the only one of the chicks in his family who has yet to learn to fly. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 2007

"Ultimately doesn't deliver the substance its subject deserves."
A breezy investigation of the Roman Catholic Church's approach to demonic possession. Read full book review >

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LAST STAND by Todd Wilkinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 2013

"A well-wrought portrait of a visionary side of Ted Turner that may be unfamiliar to many readers."
Journalist Wilkinson (Science Under Siege: The Politicians' War on Nature and Truth, 1998) explores the back story of Ted Turner's evolution from media mogul and devotee of Ayn Rand to the most successful and influential green capitalist in the world. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2009

"Wilkinson strikes exactly the right notes in this deft look at one of America's towering musical treasures."
An economical, unsentimental, illuminating look at the venerable folk singer. Read full book review >

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PINK by Lili Wilkinson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"Readers will enjoy the ride. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Frustrated at being penned in by her counterculture parents, 17-year-old Ava shifts away from her unconventional school and a longstanding relationship with her beautiful but sometimes chilly girlfriend in this funny and poignant Australian import. Read full book review >

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GARDEN OF THE PURPLE DRAGON by Carole Wilkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"A map's magical appearance at the end leads in to volume three (already out in Australia), and at least one more chance for the author to make good on the opener's promise. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In this glacially paced sequel to Dragon Keeper (2005), Ping fusses, fumes, frets and eventually proves herself worthy of caring for the newly hatched dragon she's been given. Read full book review >

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THE RIVERKEEPER by Alec Wilkinson
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 26, 1991

"Overall, skillfully wrought, evocative insights into little- known arenas of American life."
In three portraits, two reprinted from The New Yorker, Wilkinson (Big Sugar, 1989; Moonshine, 1985, etc.) examines the lives of people who earn their living on the water. ``The Blessing of the Fleet'' finds Wilkinson traveling to Provincetown, where for generations Portuguese-Americans have fished the waters off Cape Cod. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2002

"Wilkinson learned well from his mentor and brings that emotive, sympathetic bearing, beautiful and melancholy, with great immediacy to this homage."
A lovely tribute to novelist and New Yorker editor William Maxwell (1908-2000), who was for many years a mentor to Wilkinson (A Violent Act, 1993, etc.), as well as a neighbor, a father figure, and a friend. Read full book review >