Search Results: "William Cotton"


BOOK REVIEW

SLOW DANCE HEARTBREAK BLUES by Arnold Adoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Each line is laden with empathy; the pieces are good for a browse, but lack the depth or emotional resonance to give them bite. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Poetry. 10-14)"
In a collection of verse, Adoff (In for Winter, Out for Spring, 1991, etc.) addresses the early teen years, ``this/time/from/trolls/to/tampax.'' He speaks to the generation that goes to school with metal detectors, worries about the whales, witnesses casual drug use, and is also anxious about nose picking and being ``t o o y o u n g.'' Poems about kissing, ``zit monsters,'' junk food, and ``the way the sun/glints off your lower brace'' reflect typical adolescent preoccupations with perfect love and imperfect bodies. Read full book review >

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HOW TV CHANGED AMERICA'S MIND by Edward Wakin
Released: May 1, 1996

"A thoughtful book and compelling reading. (b&w illustrations, index, not seen, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
A decade-by-decade consideration of the major news events since the 1950s and how they were covered on and influenced by television. Read full book review >

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COUNTING LIONS by Katie Cotton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"It's beautifully executed, but it will be a devil to shelve, and it's hard to see many families adopting it for the coffee table. (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
This oversized book consists of 10 double-page spreads counting up from one lion to 10 zebras. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD HOME by Katie Cotton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"These nameless animals make the journey count. With gorgeous artwork and a striking, poetic approach, the bond of parent and child is successfully conveyed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The struggle to survive and find a home in nature is told in verse. 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

FOUR SEASONS IN ONE DAY by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Sound quality aside, a sprightly introduction to program music and also to one of its greatest exemplars. (Novelty picture book. 5-8)"
Pressure-sensitive sound chips waft strains from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" over a child's daylong outing. Read full book review >

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DEAR BUNNY by Katie Cotton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2016

"A gentle and slightly surreal celebration of the bond between child and toy. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A small child finds the best companionship in a toy bunny: animate, lively, and present always in both imagination and life. Read full book review >

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AND THE COW SAID by Katie Cotton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Interactive fun, on a certain elemental level—but there are apps aplenty with more and better noises as well as animation to go along with the audio. (Novelty picture book. 3-5)"
One uninvited animal guest after another drives a farmer out of his house in this noisy nighttime romp. Read full book review >

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"Perceptive and droll; Moore paints his story in dark but striking colors."
Moore's first foray into fiction (The Powers of Preservation, 1998) is a black comedy about a struggling artist who finds a killing device that might prove beneficial to his career. Read full book review >