Search Results: "William Alexander"


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NOMAD by William Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Alexander is clearly passionate about science, space exploration, and social justice, but he never allows that passion to shortchange the crackerjack adventure. (Science fiction. 11-14)"
Gabriel Sandro Fuentes, 11-year-old ambassador of Earth, fends off an alien invasion. Read full book review >

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AMBASSADOR by William Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Physics lovers will enjoy this clever series opener—but so will those who enjoy comedy, politics, diplomacy or strange-looking aliens. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
An interstellar embassy, alien assassins, galactic mass extinctions: These are Gabe's small problems. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 4, 2010

"Entertaining and educative."
A clever weekend baker learns some life lessons, loaf by loaf. Read full book review >

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GHOULISH SONG by William Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Alexander's storytelling is compelling and clever, and this tale of courage is by turns humorous, poignant and convincing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A young girl confronts her own death in the river city of Zombay with its ancient magic and new gearwork in a stand-alone companion to National Book Award-winning Goblin Secrets (2012). Read full book review >

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A PROPERLY UNHAUNTED PLACE by William Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A fun and fast-paced supernatural mystery with secret depths for those who dare explore them. (Paranormal adventure. 8-12)"
In a world where hauntings are endemic, Rosa Díaz finds herself in a town suspiciously devoid of ghostly activity in Alexander's (Nomad, 2016, etc.) latest. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 14, 2006

"An amusing compilation of do's and don'ts for aspiring gardeners afflicted with hubris."
Perfectionist, aiming to subdue nature with constant gardening, reaps object lessons by the bushel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Alexander's love affair with French, he concludes in this wry and warmhearted memoir, has reaped unexpected rewards."
A charming memoir by a passionate Francophile. Read full book review >

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GOBLIN SECRETS by William Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"The result is wryly humorous and bearably yet excitingly menacing: Even while much is left unexplained, Rownie's triumph is both gripping and tantalizing. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Rownie's search for his brother turns into an unlikely heroic quest. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"McClung brings fresh illumination to a stubbornly incomprehensible place in this provocative, if intermittently narrow, addition to Los Angeles literature. (150 b/w illustrations)"
An extended argument that popular Anglo mythologies of Los Angeles, from roughly 1850 to 1985, have contributed to the city's persistent urban dysfunction is supplemented by a generally persuasive analysis of Los Angeles aesthetics, or lack thereof. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: WILLIAM GIRALDI
by Joe M. O'Connell

Novelist William Giraldi found writing his memoir The Hero's Body at once arduous and simple.

The book entwines his experiences as a teenage bodybuilder, the story of his ultra-macho working-class family and his father's untimely death in a motorcycle crash when he was in his 40s, the author in his 20s.

"I really started writing it when my ...


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WILLIAM MCKEEN
by Gregory McNamee

Charles Manson had a sweet, clear voice, reminiscent of Chet Baker’s, that could carry a pop song, a jazz standard, or a show tune. He wrote some good songs, a couple of which became unironic hipster anthems decades later. He charmed his way into an elite circle of Los Angeles musicians, and he swayed a few of them to record ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MILLIE TO THE RESCUE by Alexander Steffensmeier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"While difficult not to compare to Oliver Jeffers' Stuck (2011), this crazy cast of characters certainly holds its own. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cats get stuck in trees all the time, but how does a whole farm end up there? Read full book review >