Search Results: "Tommy Wieringa"


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TOMMY by Karen Blumenthal
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 30, 2015

"A gripping look at guns, gangsters, and finding the 'right balance between individual freedom and community safety.' (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
John T. Thompson created the submachine gun that bore his name but was distressed when the "impressive little killing machine" he intended for war became the deadly weapon of choice for Prohibition-era gangsters. Read full book review >

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LITTLE CAESAR by Tommy Wieringa
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"This haunting book doesn't try to sort out Ludwig's internal life, it just places the reader in the middle."
The poet Philip Larkin's famous observation that your mom and dad really mess you up is aptly illustrated in this offbeat, atmospheric novel by Dutch author Wieringa (Joe Speedboat, 2010, etc.). Though the narrative takes awhile to reveal itself, the book is ultimately about the psychological damage inflicted on Ludwig Unger, a gifted young pianist, by his absent father and manipulative yet seductive mother, Marthe. Read full book review >

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THESE ARE THE NAMES by Tommy Wieringa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A magnum opus from a leading young writer takes on the meaning of exile, identity, faith, and the limits of endurance."
While one man struggles with his origins, a ragged group of wanderers walks across the steppe. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"A rich combination of firearm and social history."
An in-depth, entertaining history of the legendary weapon. Read full book review >

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TOMMY DORSEY by Peter Levinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"An extensive presentation of life on a bandstand and the man who blew his own horn that will be of special interest to jazz buffs and swing groupies."
"The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing," the embodiment of a leader of the big-band era, was actually a temperamental martinet of the age, says music biographer Levinson (September in the Rain, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 2, 1991

"It's an attractive mix."
Though Tang himself came here from Bangkok in 1972, his restaurants—the first opened in L.A. in 1982, a twin in N.Y.C.'s Tribeca four years later—have as much to do with American enterprise and California style as with Thai cuisine. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"An often delightful murder mystery that treats the concept of reincarnation with respect and sincerity."
In Saeed's debut thriller, a young boy believes that he's the reincarnation of a murdered child. Read full book review >

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TOMMY WAS HERE by Simon Corrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 1993

"Corrigan has yet to find his sea legs as a novelist, but he does have one great asset: the ability to keep a story moving."
An English mother searches for her student son, missing in Paris—in a first novel that starts out okay but turns silly and melodramatic. Read full book review >

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SPEAK UP, TOMMY! by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"The story ends on a perfect note of triumph, but it might be a better book if it were a touch less perfect. (English/Hebrew dog commands) (Picture book. 3-8)"
There are no easy victories in life, but no one has told the author. Read full book review >

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DON'T BE AFRAID, TOMMY by Klaus Baumgart
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Tommy's fears receive protracted treatment and his reversal is collapsed into a few sunny pages; despite the charming illustrations of every expressive moment, it's unlikely that children with Tommy's problem will find much solace in this tale. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"Tommy was scared of everything," Baumgart begins, in this exhausting saga of a fearful child. Read full book review >

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A PARDON FOR TOMMY by Patricia Nmukoso Enyi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2017

"An all-too-timely message of hope."
A pet turkey becomes a lifeline for a girl who loses her father and home during Hurricane Katrina in this middle-grade novel. Read full book review >