Search Results: "Valerie Gladstone"


BOOK REVIEW

GLADSTONE by Roy Jenkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Still, Jenkins, who loves politics and admires politicians, has produced an authoritative life of one of his heroes."
A definitive, celebratory biography of the greatest 19th- century British political leader, by a distinguished 20th-century British politician. Read full book review >

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VALERIE SOLANAS by Breanne Fahs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"As Fahs portrays her, Solanas emerges less as 'a woman who detected a spirit of collective anguish' than as a woman destroyed by her own overpowering demons."
A sympathetic biography of a troubled and troubling woman. Read full book review >

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A YOUNG DANCER by Valerie Gladstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Aspiring dancers will warm up to Iman and, one hopes, put on some music and start dancing on their own. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 8-14)"
"Dancing makes me feel free," says Iman Bright, a student at the Ailey School. Read full book review >

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VALERIE AND THE SILVER PEAR by Benjamin Darling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A warm, rather long realistic story, affectionately illustrated in watercolor and color pencil; a tasty-sounding recipe for pear pie is included. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-9)"
While Valerie helps Grandpa harvest his pears and make them into pies, as Grandma used to, he holds her interest with tales of the silver pear they're sure to find among the others—just as he and Grandma did each year. Read full book review >

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NOTES FROM THE INTERNET APOCALYPSE by Wayne Gladstone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"An acid cultural satire that skewers what we would miss most about the online world."
Cracked.com contributor Gladstone offers up an outlandishly specific takedown of online culture via the popular apocalypse comedy genre. Read full book review >

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TWO SERPENTS RISE by Max Gladstone
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Worth a try, even if it's often more impressive than alluring."
Another highly unusual fantasy (Three Parts Dead, 2012) set in the same carefully constructed, Aztec-inspired world of gods, magic and sacrifice. Read full book review >

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WHEN PLANET EARTH WAS NEW by James Gladstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A dramatic demonstration of geologic time for thoughtful readers and listeners. (glossary, author's note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Over billions of years of history, Earth has undergone amazing changes. Read full book review >

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MORDANT'S WISH by Valerie Coursen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Those old enough to know the meaning of Mordant's name may wonder if his wish for a friend is, after all, mere sarcasm. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Mordant the Mole wishes for a friend and gets one in this greeting-card-pretty picture book. Read full book review >

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SCARECROW! by Valerie Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not as well crafted and informative as Giblin's The Scarecrow Book (1980, o.p.), but a useful visual resource. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A survey of devices (including real people) that have been used to scare away birds (and some other pests): The book's a little repetitious and miscellaneous and not very well organized, but does include a substantial array of interesting facts about ``homemade figures...used around the world to protect precious crops for over three thousand years.'' Best are the detailed crosshatched drawings and more formal paintings depicting a great variety of these appealing or scary figures. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2011

"While some may see a sign of bias in the author's own media affiliation, this historical analysis of how and why media and society shape each other should prove illuminating for general readers and media practitioners alike."
Though the graphic format employed here is often playful and always reader friendly, this analysis of contemporary journalism is as incisive as it is entertaining, while offering a lesson on good citizenship through savvy media consumption. Read full book review >

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NEVER TRUST A PIRATE  by Valerie Bowman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Thrilling, delicious, and suspenseful."
Two rogues in disguise are bested at their own game after meeting—and falling in love. Read full book review >

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IT'S HARD NOT TO HATE YOU by Valerie Frankel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"With humor, Frankel shrewdly probes her darkly shallow places."
Prolific chick-lit novelist and funny girl Frankel (Thin Is the New Happy: A Memoir, 2008, etc.) dishes about what there is to love about hatred. Read full book review >