Search Results: "Inmates of the Washington State Corrections System"


BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Not a tremendously hopeful work, but Gordon's audaciousness in regarding the condemned as creative citizens is memorable and gripping."
A surprising—and frequently searing—examination of the prison experience, seen from both inside and out. Read full book review >

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THE CORRECTIONS by Jonathan Franzen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A wide-angled view of contemporary America and its discontents that deserves comparison with Dos Passos's U.S.A., if not with Tolstoy. One of the most impressive American novels of recent years."
The recent brouhaha about the death of realistic fiction may well be put to rest by Franzen's stunning third novel: a symphonic exploration of family dynamics and social conflict and change that leaps light-years beyond its critically praised predecessors The Twenty-Seventh City (1998) and Strong Motion (1992). Read full book review >

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THE SYSTEM OF THE WORLD by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Learned, violent, sarcastic, and profound: a glorious finish to one of the most ambitious epics of recent years."
The Baroque Cycle crosses the finish line: somewhat winded but still spry. Read full book review >

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THE BROOM OF THE SYSTEM by David Foster Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 1986

"Despite flashes of real genius, it's a heady Animal House vision."
This unusual debut, the first novel to be published simultaneously in hard-cover and as a paperback in Penguin's "Contemporary American Fiction" series, suffers from a severe case of manic impressiveness. Read full book review >

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THE STATE OF AFFAIRS by Esther  Perel
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Poignant stories of couples facing the aftermath of an affair and the highly knowledgeable analysis and advice they received from a well-trained couples' therapist."
A veteran therapist's approach to thinking about extramarital affairs. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Often technical, but always educational, explaining how nations invent forums to reckon with extraordinary evil."
Semi-insiders' account of how fallen president Saddam Hussein ended up being tried by the Iraqi High Tribunal in Baghdad and executed on Dec. 30, 2006. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN OF WASHINGTON by Francis Hamit
Released: Oct. 6, 2011

"Historical cloak-and-dagger with only a quiet spark."
This exhaustively researched historical fiction examines Civil War-era spies and geopolitics. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

"An exciting blow-by-blow history of a tense, historically significant fortnight."
A focused account of the nervous interim after the attack of Fort Sumter when Washington, D.C., was vulnerable to an invasion by the Confederates that never happened. Read full book review >

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THE SYSTEM OF DANTE'S HELL by Amiri Baraka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A pungent and lyrical portrait of mid-'60s black protest."
A fevered and impressionistic riff on the struggles of blacks in the urban North and rural South, as told through the prism of The Inferno.Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS by Doug Swanson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Even though it's more straightforward that most of Jack's Hiaasenesque carnivals of crime, this one shows once more the folly of stocking your barrel with ordinary fish when you could fill it with fish who swim in circles, kill each other, and stick out their tongues."
When the two-bit police force of Luster, Texas, picks up Wesley Joy for speeding, pulls him in for the smidgen of heroin they find, and learns that the car he's driving was spotted leaving a drug-killing scene, Wesley, "lawyer to the stars of scum," is in a pickle. Read full book review >

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LADY CATHERINE, THE EARL, AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY by The Countess of Carnarvon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Gossipy and fun, with a good history lesson—sure to delight Downton Abbey fans."
A second sprightly memoir by a real English countess (after her Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey) delineates her forebear's heyday from the Roaring '20s. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2009

"A fresh take on a monumental American."
Historian Ferling (Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence, 2007, etc.) unveils the canny politician behind America's first president. Read full book review >