Search Results: "Vic Banks"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PANTANAL by Vic Banks
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Another so-so addition, then, to a familiar story that still needs telling."
For readers distressed by the destruction of Brazil's rain forest and inclined to further armchair exploration of that country's threatened ecosystems, Banks's first-person travelogue offers a standard blend of background on the 400,000-square- kilometer Pantanal wilderness in southern Brazil, journal-like narration of his progress through the region, observation of its abundant but endangered wildlife, and eco-alert on current environmental abuses. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"An appealingly colorful, deadpan account of a remarkably audacious and creative criminal. (glossary, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Geisel winner Pizzoli turns from early readers to biography with this story of a consummate 20th-century con man. Read full book review >

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Vampire Vic by Harris Gray
Released: March 4, 2013

"A vampire's entertaining journey of self-discovery."
In this debut novel, a fat, balding accountant/vampire tries to take charge of his boring life. Read full book review >

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SKINNER'S BANKS by Brad V. Cowan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Exciting skating action and easy-to-relate-to issues but too much going on in too little space. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In the second volume of a Canadian trilogy, 12-year-old skateboarder Cale Finch makes a skate video with the Seven Stair Crew, of which he is newly a member. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH BANKS by Patrick O'Brian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An impressive achievement, destined to swell the ranks of O'Brian's already sizable readership."
A finely wrought and fascinating biography from O'Brian, acclaimed author of historical naval adventures (The Truelove, 1992, etc.), who now turns his considerable storytelling talents to the life of Joseph Banks (1743-1820)—explorer, botanist, natural philosopher. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUTER BANKS by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"But it won't woo readers who want to see the characters they've been following settle their problems without wild effects and plot tricks."
Yet another southern gothic twister from Siddons—though this time the author edges into the emotionally honest territory of, say, a Gail Godwin, right up until the very end, when she slams the melodramatic gas pedal to the floor. Read full book review >

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THE CENTRAL BANKS by Marjorie Deane
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Despite the authors' occasionally irritating penchant for chatty reportage underscoring their status as privileged observers with access to top-drawer insiders, a first-rate primer on central banking and why the lay public should care about it."
An illuminating and intelligible introduction to central banks, the immensely influential institutions that constitute virtually a fourth branch of government in most industrial democracies. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 15, 1990

"Average Clarke, more emotional than usual, with excellent extrapolation of future technologies."
Clarke returns to underwater exploration, a la The Deep Range, and Big Engineering, a la The Fountains of Paradise, in this story set in the first 12 years of the 21st century. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WHO HATED BANKS by Michael Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1997

"Pure pleasure—and a particular treat for readers who've been following Gilbert for any substantial fraction of the last 50 years."
Readers familiar with Gilbert's matchless spy stories (Game Without Rules, 1967, etc.) will be especially grateful to have these 18 previously uncollected stories from 1948 through 1979. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A comprehensive addition to the ongoing discussions of both inequality and the financial system."
In this debut, Baradaran (Univ. of Georgia School of Law) charges that nearly half of the American population has been deprived of access to financial services at a fair price thanks to financial deregulation. Read full book review >

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MAXINE BANKS IS GETTING MARRIED by Lori Aurelia Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"It's a pleasure watching her learn from experience and apply that earned wisdom, especially the dawning recognition that if Demonee has the right to be loved and accepted for who she is, so has Maxine herself. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
From the first line, the eponymous narrator—affectionate, funny and smart—draws readers into her story with the same strong will she uses to persuade her longtime boyfriend, Brian, to tie the knot. Read full book review >