Search Results: "William Jay Smith"


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BEHIND THE KING'S KITCHEN by William Jay Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

"Overall: pleasing but not essential. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An attractive presentation of traditional and other riddles, chosen as much for their poetic quality as for their humor or the challenge of the puzzles; the thematic grouping would tend to suggest solutions even if the answers weren't given. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Especially valuable for the early chapters on the youthful, pre-fame Williams, but in its entirety a tender portrait that will appeal to scholars and fans alike."
Fragmentary but affecting memories of the playwright by former Library of Congress poetry consultant Smith (Up the Hill and Down, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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HERE IS MY HEART by William Jay Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Dyer contributes delicate, colored pencil drawings to the book, which is about the same size as a valentine. (index) (Poetry. 4-10)"
Smith has gathered often humorous, always amorous poems from the traditional to the new, from contributors with household names to the poetically omnipresent Anonymous. Read full book review >

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UP THE HILL AND DOWN by William Jay Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An ordinary gathering, likely to be lost in the shuffle—and deservedly so. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
Nearly a quarter of the 29 short, conventional rhymes in this rather self-serving collection are Smith's own, and all are reprints. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Exhaustively overworked, yet provides essential closure."
Sprawling, sensational case history of an innocent man's conviction and unprecedented exoneration. Read full book review >

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COOPER'S PROMISE by Timothy Jay Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Literary dynamite."
In Smith's debut novel, a former American soldier hiding out in a small African country can't escape the ghosts of his past. Read full book review >

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THE LOST DINOSAURS OF EGYPT by William Nothdurft
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"Despite a lot of gravy and garnishes, there's not much here but the bones."
A mildly captivating but ultimately scattered account of the vicissitudes of fossil hunting. Read full book review >

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INSIDE THE ZOO NURSERY by Roland Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
From a biologist with 20 years of zoo experience (keeper to assistant director): a discussion of the special care, plus unusual procedures and equipment (diets, incubators, gravity-flow feeding tubes), needed to rear a wide variety of baby animals. 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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