Search Results: "A.J. Bassler"


BOOK REVIEW

GIRL, 7 by A.J. Bassler
Released: Oct. 10, 2012

"An overlong but effective indictment of the evils of violence against children."
After surviving horrific violence at a young age, a woman dedicates her life to preventing child abuse in Bassler's debut novel. Read full book review >

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OUR VIETNAM by A.J. Langguth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2000

"A grimly powerful procession of folly and tragedy."
An epic account of America's involvement in Vietnam by a historian who covered much of the war for the New York Times. Read full book review >

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STEALING FROM THE DEAD by A.J. Zerries
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Zerries (The Lost Van Gogh, 2006) keeps both great matters and small moving along smartly courtesy of what may be New York's toughest female cop."
An NYPD detective incongruously juggles a gang of murderous swindlers whose ill-gotten gains are financing international terrorism and a more traditional kind of gang that operates considerably closer to the streets of New York. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A biblical travelogue—and far funnier than your standard King James."
Esquire editor-at-large Jacobs, who read the entire 2002 Encyclopedia Britannica for The Know-It-All (2004), embarks on his second lofty exploit: a year of living the Bible "as literally as possible." Read full book review >

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'74 AND SUNNY by A.J. Benza
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015

"A warm and honest memoir."
A sometimes-abrasive radio and TV personality's unexpectedly touching memoir about "the best summer of [his] life." Read full book review >

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SOMETHING EVIL COMES by A.J.  Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Cross continues to refine her heroine, giving her the persistence to unravel ever knottier skeins."
A forensic psychologist looks beyond the physical evidence to solve a grisly murder. Read full book review >

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ZAC AND MIA by A.J. Betts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Above average in this burgeoning subgenre; it's the healing powers of friendship, love and family that make this funny-yet-philosophical tale of brutal teen illness stand out. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Desperate to reconnect with the outside world, teen bone marrow recipient Zac's very precise mind is distracted by the arrival of new cancer patient Mia in the 4-by-5-meter room next to his. Read full book review >

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SPY HIGH by A.J. Butcher
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"First in a series. (Fiction. 12+)"
In this over-the-top secret-agent caper with a comic-book feel, six kids, each with a special talent and a psychological issue, are recruited to join a select training academy for secret agents. Read full book review >

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GOODIS by A.J. Thibault
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"This proves most egregious in the ending, which should make any reader who has slogged through the entirety of this ambitiously plotted but poorly executed book feel cheated indeed."
Stumbling across the scene as Soviet agents sadistically slaughter an émigré physicist in Malibu Canyon launches a billionaire industrialist's son-and standup wannabe-on a Kafkaesque '80s odyssey that can't decide whether it's a thriller, love story, spy novel or social commentary. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"A disturbing reconsideration of a key period of history and a powerful indictment of its main actors."
In this history of the four decades preceding the Civil War, Langguth (Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence, 2006, etc.) argues that Andrew Jackson's handling of the Cherokees sowed the seeds of secession. Read full book review >