Search Results: "Tom Guy Pettit"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 6, 2012

"A fun, informative collection of animal poems that overcomes its weaknesses."
Pettit and Pierson's debut collection features poetry and watercolors of animals for each letter of the alphabet. Read full book review >

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MY NAME IS SAN HO by Jayne Pettit
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"An earnest but uneven effort to guide readers toward greater sympathy for the challenges new immigrants face. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A Vietnamese youth witnesses the horrors of war in his native land, then escapes to a strange, sometimes frightening new country when his mother marries a G.I. The author signals her didactic intent with a preface, going on to tell a simple, theme-dominant story: surviving massacres and attacks, San Ho flees his village, spends three years in Saigon, then joins his mother and stepfather in a Philadelphia suburb, where the pleasures of plenty vie with his sense of dislocation. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, this is a fine introduction to the effects of war on ordinary people, often overlooked in books that focus on battles and strategies. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Eight true stories of children during WW II, covering a wide range of experiences, from aiding the French resistance to Japanese internment in Manzanar to life in the concentration camps. Read full book review >

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JUST FREEDOM by Philip Pettit
NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2014

"Pettit's logical and humane yet ultimately utopian approach to human organizations will leave many muttering, 'If only!'"
Pettit (Politics and Human Values/Princeton Univ.; On the People's Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy, 2013, etc.) offers some clear definitions of justice and freedom and suggests what those definitions have meant in history—and could mean in the contemporary world. Read full book review >

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MAYA ANGELOU by Jayne Pettit
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Incredibly, not a word of her poetry or prose appears in this perfunctory rendering. (Biography. 8-11)"
In this dull entry in the Rainbow Biography series, Pettit (A Time to Fight Back, 1996, etc.) sets out to tell the story of a ``remarkable woman who has survived the pain of abandonment, the anguish of child abuse, and the hatred of racial intolerance.'' The abandonment, abuse, and hatred are dutifully chronicled from the time the girl who would become Maya, age three, and her four-year- old brother are shipped off to live in Stamps, Arkansas—Klan country—to her rape in St. Read full book review >

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Released: June 23, 1995

"Gimmicky and disappointing."
An anthology divided between poetry and fiction that's more a patchwork collector's item for alumni of writing conferences than a collection deserving wide attention. Read full book review >

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KIDDIE CRUISE by Ron Pettit
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 16, 2007

"A suspenseful but stock crime thriller."
A deranged and determined killer is on the loose in this psychological thriller set on a 1950s naval base. Read full book review >

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THE PICTURES by Guy Bolton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An atmospheric if familiar noir that provides a pleasant tour of Hollywood's golden age."
An LAPD detective investigating a producer's apparent suicide is drawn into a web involving murder and blackmail among Los Angeles' rich and powerful. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Davenport is a virtuoso of the literary essay, and here the magic mostly works. (8 pages b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Urbane meditations on the history and meaning of the still life in art and literature. Read full book review >

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A GOOD MAN by Guy Vanderhaeghe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Do the Mounties always get their man? Read this satisfying novel and find out."
A sprawling Western, in just the way that some of Cormac McCarthy's novels are Westerns, by prizewinning Canadian author Vanderhaeghe (The Last Crossing, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >