Search Results: "Amanda Ripley"


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THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD by Amanda Ripley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A compelling, instructive account regarding education in America, where the arguments have become 'so nasty, provincial, and redundant that they no longer lead anywhere worth going.'"
Chronicle of a journalist's global travels to visit schools, interviewing educators and talking with students and their families in order to answer the question, "Why were some kids learning so much—and others so very little?" Read full book review >

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MULCH by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1994

"A first novel whose slender plot leaves its smart, appealing heroine all dressed up with no place to go."
Gamely establishing still another garden after her husband, Bill, an ill-concealed State Department spook, moves her back to suburban DC, Louise Eldridge gathers two dozen bags of leaves from her Sylvan Valley neighbors' trash to use as organic mulch. Read full book review >

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DREAMSICLE by W.L. Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 14, 1993

"Fighting the good fight has seldom been so much atavistic fun."
Here's one for the boys who love to kick butt. Read full book review >

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THAT ANGEL LOOK by Mike Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 31, 1998

"Modishly amusing stuff, though Ripley's determination to jolt you early and often keeps Angel's dark descent from developing the momentum that a more gradual immersion might have created."
The eighth of Ripley's novels about sometime driver Fitzroy Maclean Angel (Angel City, 1995, etc.) might just as well have started off with Angel sitting in a pub doing what he does best- -nothing—when a trio of young ladies asks him to judge which of them has the most muscular thighs: a strenuous hands-on judicial procedure climaxing in a special prize the winner presents to the judge. Read full book review >

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ELECTRIC COUNTRY ROULETTE by W.L. Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The good news is that Storme has acquired some of the catlike moves of the early Spenser, before he got to be such a prig."
Whatever he's been doing since Storme Front (1995), Wyatt Storme's been working on his act. Read full book review >

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LOST IN AUSTIN by J.R. Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Ripley also writes as Glenn Meganck, another name to avoid."
Disbarred lawyer Tony Kozol (Skulls of Sedona, not reviewed), who ekes out a living as a so-so guitar player, considers himself lucky to have landed on the cross-country tour with Clint Cash and the Cowhands when real guitarist Brian Love breaks his arm. Read full book review >

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FROM FIELDS OF GOLD by Alexandra Ripley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 1994

"A paperback original spilling out of its hardcover corset."
Slim pickings from the turn-of-the-century North Carolina tobacco industry, by the author of Scarlett (not reviewed) and a slew of other Southern-fried fiction (New Orleans Legacy, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE GARDEN TOUR AFFAIR by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

"The storyline itself tends to ramble fuzzily through its cast in search of a convincing finale but doesn't quite make it."
Once more over the garden wall with mulch-maven/would-be sleuth Louise Eldredge (Death of a Political Plant, 1998, etc.), who lives in Washington with Foreign Service husband Bill and teenaged daughter Janie. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A GARDEN PEST by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 1996

"On the up side, the gardening nonfiction—ten small and distinct chapters—is informative and fun."
Ripley's upscale housewife heroine, recovering from injuries inflicted by a crazed Defense Department nominee (Mulch, 1994), returns for a second outing. Read full book review >

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Tao of Sustainability by Gregory Ripley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"An informative, well-presented application of traditional activities and philosophies to modern-day life."
Ripley (Primal Energy, 2014, etc.) offers a path back to nature in this philosophical work.Read full book review >

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HARVEST OF MURDER by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Ripley provides provocative background on bioterrorists raping natural habitats and pharmaceutical chicanery involved in developing new drugs with falsified testing, and ends, as in The Garden Tour Affair (1999) and its predecessors, with a short vade mecum for gardeners."
As her PBS gardening show is about to go on hiatus, Louise Eldrige is asked by fellow dogwalker Peter Whiting, an elderly ethnobotanist busy propagating plants from the northwest quadrant of Brazil reputed to have phenomenal anti-aging properties, if she'd like to spend her sabbatical as his lab assistant. Read full book review >

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A LOVE DIVINE by Alexandra Ripley
Released: Sept. 19, 1996

"More detail about Joseph and his time—real and imagined—than many may have imagined wanting, but with the significant exception of her weakened conclusion, Ripley makes this informative read also entertaining. (Author tour)"
The earnest, prone-to-ramble Ripley—of the oft-panned Scarlett, the sequel to Gone with the Wind, plus many others- -tackles a challenging, somewhat obscure subject here with distinctly mixed results. Read full book review >