Search Results: "William Wise"


BOOK REVIEW

NELL OF BRANFORD HALL by William Wise
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Though the act from which this story springs merits commemoration, the inner and outer devastation wrought by disease is more vividly captured in Cynthia DeFelice's Apprenticeship of Lucas Whittaker (1996) and Anna Myers's Graveyard Girl (1995). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Loosely connected to historical events, this tale of a 17th-century English town that isolated itself to prevent the plague from spreading celebrates selfless courage, but it does so at some distance, and within the confines of a contrived, ordinary story. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 12, 1991

"Or here, for that matter. (Photographs—some seen.)"
Dipping into the apparently endless stream of expatriate-in- Paris literature, Wiser (The Circle Tour, 1988, etc.; English/Univ. of Denver) offers a tiresome rehash of the lives of five intriguing women, all of whom have been better served elsewhere. Read full book review >

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THE TWILIGHT YEARS by William Wiser
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"If Paris is a moveable feast, Wiser provides the menu for its wonder years before the darkness of its WWII fall."
Wiser (The Crazy Years, 1985, etc.) captures the hustle and bustle of 1930s Paris through a quick catalogue of famous names and striking anecdotes. Read full book review >

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DINOSAURS FOREVER by William Wise
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"There will always be Dinosaurs!' (Poetry. 5-9)"
Twenty-one dinosaur poems and dozens of humorous drawings to delight dinosaur lovers of all ages will make this new collection a real favorite. Read full book review >

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PERFECT PANCAKES IF YOU PLEASE by William Wise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Neither author nor illustrator neglects the happily-ever-after ending, in which Maximilian is shipped off to the moon, the king temporarily realizes his folly, and the princess gets her man. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A bejeweled caricature of a king, perfectly rotund and greedy, offers his daughter's hand in marriage to the suitor who can produce a stack of perfect pancakes. Read full book review >

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ZANY ZOO by William Wise
ANIMALS
Released: March 27, 2006

"After all, 'one good tern deserves another.' (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
Wise will drop readers fond of relentlessly pun-ishing doggerel into hog heaven with this manic menagerie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"The tepidness of the tale begs comparison to more vigorous mice of yore, and rather than purchasing this offering, libraries will find themselves better served by replacement copies of A Cricket in Times Square. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Christopher is a white mouse, born either for the pet shop or the laboratory, so when he's sold to a pet shop, and then to the ideal boy, he feels fortunate. Read full book review >

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TEN SLY PIRANHAS by William Wise
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Readers of a certain sort will relish this mightily. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The long subtitle—``A Counting Story in Reverse (A Tale of Wickedness—and Worse!)''—explains it all: Ten toothy fuchsia piranhas (``Each a slippery schemer, with a dozen dirty tricks'') ogle and menace and, one by one, devour each other; the last is snapped up by a crocodile. 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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IN FULL FLIGHT WITH GREG PIZZOLI
by Julie Danielson

The start of a new year is always exciting for readers. We envision brand-spankin’-new books from our favorite authors and new artwork from illustrators whose work we love to see. Look past our shoulders and you’ll see crossed fingers that our favorite writers and artists have something in store for us.

Most surprising of all is when we get ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE BOREALIS GENOME by Tom Wise
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 30, 2013

"An engaging read for sci-fi and zombie fans."
Wise and Wise's debut novel delivers a science-fiction tale of zombies and cloning in modern-day Pennsylvania. Read full book review >