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Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins

The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
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Lightfoot the Deer (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press) by Thornton W. Burgess
Lightfoot the Deer (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)

Gold Gato, July 21, 2014

Angry hunters with terrible guns roam the Green Forest so Lightfoot The Deer needs to be careful. Sammy Jay tries his best to keep his fellow creatures informed of the movements of men, but a true deer knows he must outwit the hatred of man. The first book in the Green Forest Series introduces us to Lightfoot and his many friends. Paddy The Beaver, Old Man Coyote, Mr. & Mrs. Quack, and Reddy Fox all make appearances here, but the reader quickly learns they are all afraid of hunters and the evil hunting season.

This was not a childhood book for me, but it certainly worked for me as an adult. The reader comes to love the forest and its denizens while learning of good and bad. Lightfoot gets to romance Miss Daintyfoot, too, which will warm any heart.

Book Season = Spring
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The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South by Robert D. San Souci
The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South

Gold Gato, July 9, 2014

Old World European fairytale meets New World Creole revision = eggs talking. Two daughters and their mother live in the backwoods of Louisiana. Of course, one child is good and one is bad, and the mother is nothing to write home about (whew). As we think we're heading toward a Grimm Cinderella path, the backwoods take over and an old woman appears. While you can anticipate where the story is headed, there are some surprises along the way. The folktale itself is thought to have been brought over by the French Acadians (Cajuns) and it developed with a Gullah remix. The text by San Souci is wonderful and the illustrations are from the great Jerry Pinkney.

Book Season = Autumn (two-headed cows)
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Oil by Upton Sinclair

Gold Gato, July 8, 2014

The Roaring Twenties...think President Warren Harding and the Teapot Dome Scandal. A nation starts to move away from farms and the simple life as greed takes center place. The 1920s must have been an amazing era with so many progressive inventions and silent screen idols and orchards of oranges shimmering in the California sun. Most folks run to Fitzgerald for a review of that notorious decade, but for me, this book does the trick all by its lonesome.

Book Season = Summer (hot golden fields)
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Coolidge by Amity Shlaes

Gold Gato, July 8, 2014

This is a very solid 3-star bio, filled with facts upon facts about the 30th President of the United States, Mr. Calvin Coolidge. We get the full scale chronology from birth to death, which makes this a big, big book.The book is very straightforward. Shlaes presents the information rather than personalizes, so I appreciated that as a reader. I would have loved some more focus, as one event follows another without much explanation. But then, that would have doubled the size of the book, which would have gone against the very ethos of Coolidge. Simple is best.

Book Season = Spring (elegant algebra)
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N. C. Wyeth: The Collected Paintings, Illustrations & Murals by Douglas Allen and Jr. Douglas Allen

Gold Gato, July 4, 2014

This is a nifty collection of the paintings and illustrations of the great N.C. Wyeth. The master illustrator and father of Andrew Wyeth was a wizard with the brushes and pencils. The numerous plates include his commercial output for labels such as Cream of Wheat plus his illustrations for children's versions of TREASURE ISLAND and RIP VAN WINKLE. All well and good, but I particularly love his later tempera paintings, showing the Maine coast and the Brandywine countryside of Pennsylvania. I've never been to either place, but via Mr. Wyeth I can certainly imagine myself there. Throw him in there with the Rockwells and Hoppers, an artist who used his work to tell a story. Intrinsically American.

Book Season = Year Round (force of nature)
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