Search Results: "Allan H. Barr"


BOOK REVIEW

CHINA IN TEN WORDS by Yu Hua
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"More engaging than profound, Yu Hua's essays say much about the continuing enigma that is China."
Acclaimed Chinese novelist Yu Hua (Brothers, 2010, etc.) offers a series of essays that combine memoir and trenchant social critique. Read full book review >

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CRIES IN THE DRIZZLE by Yu Hua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"A grainy montage of suffering and survival, by turns morbid and mordant."
Now in English translation, the 1991 novel by bestselling Chinese author Yu Hua (To Live, 2003). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVENTH DAY by Yu Hua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Compelling moments and black humor go some way toward relieving the lugubrious funk of this episodic work, which might adapt well as a one-man show for John Leguizamo but falls short of being a fully realized novel."
In this melancholy view of the afterlife, dying without a burial place leaves a man in limbo, where he revisits his life through memories and the spirits he encounters. Read full book review >

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BOY IN THE TWILIGHT by Yu Hua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Menacing vignettes from a crowded, hardhearted corner of the globe."
Thirteen new translations of stories by one of China's most outspoken critics of the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

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5 MORE SCIENCE FICTION BOOKS JUMPING ON THE HOLLYWOOD ADAPTATION TRAIN
by John DeNardo

One of the great thrills of being a book lover is seeing your favorite book getting adapted for television and film. Hollywood routinely mines the pages of books for story ideas with increasing frequency. As well they should! The pages of science fiction books contain some of the most well-thought-out ideas of storytelling. Check out these books, which might be ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WHY CAPITALISM? by Allan H. Meltzer
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2012

"A lively, politically challenging contribution to a developing discussion on how to change international monetary arrangements."
Meltzer (Political Economy/Carnegie Mellon Univ.; A History of the Federal Reserve, Volume 2, Book 1, 1951-1969, 2010, etc.) provides a concise alternative to current economic policies for those who look with suspicion at the writings of economists and financial specialists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Compassionate, useful reading related by an expert in his field."
A renowned neurologist examines some important questions: "[W]hat does it mean to be the patient faced with these seismic problems, and how is a connection made with the physician who embodies the knowledge that can make it better?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAGGAGE by Emily Barr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2003

"A disappointing second effort from Barr (Backpack, Jan. 2002), not helped a bit by the snotty tone."
You can run, but you can't hide. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRESTORM by Nevada Barr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 19, 1996

"No matter what you read mysteries for, it's in here."
Another routine assignment for National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon—doubling as medic and security for a firefighting camp fighting a blaze in California's Lassen Volcanic Park—turns into a nightmare when the snowstorm that promised relief from the flames instead whips them up into a firestorm, isolating Anna's spike camp and leaving two firefighters dead: one from the fire, a second from a knife in his back. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2005

"A useful study of the war in the desert, though meant for readers with some appreciation of strategy, logistics, and tactics."
A wide-ranging, technical analysis of the bitter campaign, throughout the second half of 1942, for dominion of Egypt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SUPERIOR DEATH by Nevada Barr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 23, 1994

"A crackling good mystery, fleshed out by a detective and a supporting cast far more human than they need to be."
Texas park ranger Anna Pigeon (Track of the Cat, 1993) proves she's much more than a regional specialist when she's reassigned to the frigid North Shore of Lake Superior and hears two divers' tales of finding six bodies in the Kamloops, a sunken 1927 wreck where there are supposed to be only five. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ILL WIND by Nevada Barr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 1995

"But the supporting characters have stubborn lives of their own — you never get the sense that they've spent their whole lives waiting to be suspects in a murder case — and Barr's sense of place is as wondrous as ever."
As historians and contractors slug it out over replacing the ancient waterlines in Mesa Verde National Park, noncombatant park ranger Anna Pigeon battles a demon of her own: her growing attraction to Stacy Meyers, a law-enforcement temp unhappily married (what did he and Rose Meyers ever see in each other, anyway?) and burdened with a special-needs stepchild. Read full book review >