Search Results: "William Grimes"


BOOK REVIEW

MY FINE FEATHERED FRIEND by William Grimes
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Delightful."
New York Times restaurant critic Grimes's tale of the chicken that came to visit one day and settled in to live in the backyard. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Unlike last year's entertaining and scholarly analysis from German historian Wolfgang Schivelbusch (Tastes of Paradise), 1992, this is a facile, frothy mix that goes down smoothly and proves diverting enough. (Twenty line drawings.)"
New York Times reporter Grimes's preface characterizes the cocktail as a quintessentially American invention that expresses our fluent, nontraditional, fun-centered culture, and that fits our role as the world's supplier of idle amusement and cheap thrills. Read full book review >

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OH, BROTHER! by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Ideal for kids coping with new step-siblings. (Picture book. 5-10)"
When his mother remarries, a young boy resents his new stepbrother until he discovers they have a lot in common. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE DOUBLE by Martha Grimes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2013

"This brave and engaging memoir is a gift to readers struggling with drinking problems."
A leading American mystery writer and her son recall their lives as alcoholics and their diverse paths to sobriety. Read full book review >

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BRONX MASQUERADE by Nikki Grimes
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"At the end of the term, a new student who is black and Vietnamese finds a morsel of hope that she too will find a place in the poetry. (Fiction. 12-15)"
This is almost like a play for 18 voices, as Grimes (Stepping Out with Grandma Mac, not reviewed, etc.) moves her narration among a group of high school students in the Bronx. Read full book review >

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JAZMIN'S NOTEBOOK by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Especially effective are Jazmin's witty descriptions of neighbors and local characters; just as compelling is Jazmin's interior landscape, in which a wiser, more reflective voice hints at the young woman—and writer—she'll become. (Fiction. 10-12)"
There's a poetic soul taking notes up on Amsterdam Avenue in New York City, and her name is Jazmin Shelby, the star witness to the hard lives and high hopes in a novel from Grimes (Come Sunday, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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AT BREAK OF DAY by Nikki Grimes
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Other contemporary creation stories, such as Julius Lester's What a Truly Cool World and Caitl°n Matthews's The Blessing Seed (both, 1998) could be used with this one for a tender trilogy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lovely and poetic recasting of the Biblical creation story in a modern spirit, from the versatile Grimes (My Man Blue, p. 721, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Some pictures achieve a shimmering intensity: those created for 'Sunset' and 'Once' are so full of motion, they hardly lie still on the page. (glossary) (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
PLB 0-688-15998-2 From Grimes (My Man Blue, p. 721, etc.), 13 brief poems about the art of weaving, literally and figuratively. Read full book review >

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THE END OF THE PIER by Martha Grimes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1992

"Still, Grimes writes fetchingly at times, has a large following (much of which will be plenty disappointed), and a first printing of 100,000 copies is planned."
Something completely different from the author of the popular, ever-so-British Inspector Jury mysteries (The Old Contemptibles, etc.). Read full book review >

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ONE LAST WORD by Nikki Grimes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This striking, passionate anthology reminds young readers and adult fans of poetry alike that while black life remains 'no crystal stair,' there remains reason to hope and a reserve of courage from which to draw. (historical note, author's notes, biographies, sources, index) (Poetry. 10 & up)"
Timely and thought-provoking, Grimes' collection transports young readers through the enduring expressiveness of the Harlem Renaissance, juxtaposing classic poems of the era with her own original work and full-color art by contemporary African-American illustrators. Read full book review >

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FADEAWAY GIRL by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 7, 2011

"Emma is as enchanting as the eccentric cast of her hometown."
The latest installment in the endless carnival of crime at sleepy La Porte, Md., involves still another return to the storied past. Read full book review >