Search Results: "Vincent Nasta"


BOOK REVIEW

ADAM'S WAR by Sonia Levitin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1994

"Characters aren't realized with any depth in the simplistic result; still, questions of deep concern to boys like Adam are accessibly addressed and left realistically unresolved. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Angels are desperate for a meeting place; Adam and Mike can't have friends in while their parents are at work, Hector's sisters are too bossy, Brendan lives far away. Read full book review >

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THE MOON OF THE WINTER BIRD by Vincent Nasta
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 19, 1970

"Looser and less obviously useful than some of its predecessors, this has nevertheless a unique lesson: out of his element the sparrow retains his sense of the seasonal cycle."
The song sparrow in the Ohio dooryard in December has become a winter bird inadvertently: "his inner signal (to migrate) had not functioned." Read full book review >

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PLANE SONG by Diane Siebert
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1993

"Overall, an appealing book, celebrating its subject as intended; though the persistent rhymes and rhythm don't help much, they don't hurt, either. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Siebert (whose previous songs of praise include, most notably, Heartland, 1989) brings her rather clumsy lyrical style to aircraft and their flight ``above a world of/tundras/trees/fields and farmlands/cities/seas/humming/coming/through the day/toward horizons far away.'' In phrases ranging from doggerel and pre- primerese (``hear their engines!/see them fly!'') to straight nonfiction, she surveys many kinds and uses of planes, big and small, civilian and military. Read full book review >

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MY SOUL TO TAKE by Rachel Vincent
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Twilight fans will love it; more discerning readers will think it ridiculous, but what do they know? (Supernatural romance. YA)"
Harlequin Teen's debut series, Soul Screamers, starts off with a bang. Read full book review >

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100 HOURS by Rachel Vincent
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 28, 2017

"A paint-by-numbers thriller and superfluous romantic complications create high stakes without any real emotional engagement. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Two Latina cousins are trapped in a web of violence that exposes hard truths about their family. Read full book review >

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PARIS ON THE EVE by Vincent Cronin
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 1991

"Still: an engrossingly vivid, immediate, and informed attempt to find a unified view of a culture that was made up of eccentrics, idiosyncrasy, diversity, and alienation."
Through anecdotes and capsule biographies of painters, writers, musicians, scientists, and intellectuals, Cronin (The View from Planet Earth, 1981; Catherine, Empress of All the Russias, 1978, etc.) accounts for that dazzling but doomed culture of Paris during the ``Belle Epoque,'' the period between the Great Exhibition of 1900 and WWI. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 15, 2002

"An inspiring and hard-to-put-down celebration of natural childbirth."
A joyous account, packed with warm and wonderful stories, though tinged at the end with sorrow. Read full book review >

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UNSETTLING by Vincent Macraven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 19, 2013

"Three riveting stories of evil, revenge and death."
Fresh, original horror in three bone-chilling novellas. Read full book review >

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SMOKE SCREEN by Vincent Patrick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Smart, fast, gripping: everything we—d want from realistic suspense."
Admirers of the W. R. Burnett classic The Asphalt Jungle will enjoy this nifty updating by Patrick (Family Business, 1985, etc.), best known for his richly ethnic Manhattan oeuvre. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Golden Age'' have rarely been so illuminatingly and insightfully detailed. (30 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Hollywood reminiscences, and more, from the quintessential studio system director. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Even this most resolute, thorough excavation cannot uncover what is no longer there. Still, this is the most complete biography available, and no one is likely to find out much more of consequence about Wheatley."
Carretta (English/Univ. of Maryland; Equiano, the African, 2005) returns with an examination of the life of a woman of whom little is known but whom the author and literary history have crowned as the mother of African-American literature. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 22, 1991

"Thoughtful, passionate, and visually exciting—a work that will unquestionably encourage others both to create meaningful monuments, buildings, gardens and to understand them. (Over 500 illustrations, including 200 color and 200 b&w photographs.)"
A brilliant distillation of the ideas of the man called by Philip Johnson ``the most influential architecture teacher ever.'' Here, Scully (Art History/Yale; Pueblo, 1974) surveys with charm, eloquence, and philosophical reflection the history of the symbolic structures that mediate between the human beings who created and use them and the natural world. Read full book review >