Search Results: "William Ings"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT GLOBAL PUZZLE CHALLENGE WITH GOOGLE EARTH by Clive Gifford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Use in conjunction with a conventional atlas, which requires—better yet, allows for—more imagination. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
This modestly oversized volume is a Google Earth launch vehicle for young grade-schoolers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A keen, colorful contribution to popular science."
Science writer and novelist Ings (The Weight of Numbers, 2006, etc.) compresses an encyclopedia's worth of information about the evolution, makeup and function of the eye into an energetic, accessible volume. Read full book review >

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WOLVES by Simon Ings
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2015

"A novel that's easy to admire but almost reptilian in its lack of warmth."
A new novel that probes the relationship between perception and reality. Read full book review >

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STALIN AND THE SCIENTISTS by Simon Ings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A provocative and increasingly chilling work that shows how scientists in the nascent Soviet Union were sacrificed to the Soviet dream of building the ideal state."
Picking through a minefield of Soviet utopia and paranoia. Read full book review >

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THE WEIGHT OF NUMBERS by Simon Ings
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Reading the book is like flipping through 500 channels without stopping—lots of color and glimpses of interesting moments, but little coheres."
Three continents, 60 years and what feels like countless characters define this dense novel about politics, science and morals. 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

THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2012

"As triumphant in book form as in animated and interactive ones. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Ironically, this book in praise of books first appeared as a much-praised iPad app and Academy Award-winning animated short film. Read full book review >

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THE LEAF MEN AND THE BRAVE GOOD BUGS by William Joyce
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"Small scale, grand adventure. (Picture book. 7-9)"
As an old lady lies abed and her garden fails with her, a doughty band of doodlebugs—`` `Tiny of body but brave of heart, we will finish what we start!' ''—climbs the tallest tree in search of the elusive Leaf Men, hoping they can set things right. Read full book review >

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GROWN-UPS GET TO DO ALL THE DRIVING by William Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"Even minor Steig is memorable. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Required reading for all children who have ever grumbled that "grownups get to have all the fun." Read full book review >

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CHINATOWN by William Low
by William Low, illustrated by William Low
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

A fictionalized walking tour of New York's Chinatown at the time of the New Year celebration, conducted by a young Chinese- American boy and his grandmother. Read full book review >

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THE TOY BROTHER by William Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1996

"Another crowd pleaser. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Steig (Grown-ups Get to Do All the Driving, p. 640, etc.) is in fine form in this tale of the alchemist's children. Read full book review >