Search Results: "Asa Phillips"


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THE SHOUTING WELL by Asa Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A complex, metaphorical tale that warns against obsessively dwelling on agonizing memories."
In Phillips' debut novella, a well haunts and imprisons people. Read full book review >

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INSATIABLE by Asa Akira
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"Puritans take note: Nothing is left to the imagination in this hypersexual memoir of life as a porn star."
The relentlessly risqué exploits of an award-winning adult film star. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"'It's my task to transmit the legacy to a new generation of people the same age as those killed,' says Rose. He does just this, with tenderness and insight, retold here with extraordinary narrative skill."
A transforming journey into a family's past as a father takes his sons to Europe to follow in their relatives' footsteps. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"This is, nonetheless, a consistently well-written, assured work, offering a lively popular history greatly enhanced by over 100 illustrations (33 in color)."
A fascinating and generally informative romp through the closing decades of each of the past five centuries and our own. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"The rest (the theory) is responsible, if cavalier. (40 b&w drawings, not seen)"
An admittedly irreverent stab at leveling the distinction between elite and popular culture by transmogrifying the ho-hum (the master bedroom, the garbage disposal) into the ``mythic'' in the semiological tradition of Roland Barthes. Read full book review >

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MOSHI MOSHI by Banana Yohimoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A fleeting portrait of a critical moment in a young woman's life, one with which the late John Hughes might have felt some kinship."
A young Japanese woman is left hurt, confused, and lost in the wake of her father's mysterious death. Read full book review >

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A SECRET FOR JULIA by Patricia Sagastizabal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A worthy conception, deserving of better treatment than it receives here."
This turgid psychological tale, winner of a major Latin American literary prize, dramatizes (just barely) the ordeal of an Argentinean woman living in 1990s London, after surviving imprisonment and torture during the '70s as an accused enemy of her homeland's oppressive military government. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2017: GIN PHILLIPS
by Megan Labrise

Gin Phillips had no intention of writing summer’s most scintillating literary thriller.

“I wanted to write a book about motherhood,” Phillips says of Fierce Kingdom, the story of a mother and four-year-old son trapped in their local zoo by an active shooter event.

“I was aware it was a faster plot than I normally focus on,” she says ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE DYING GAME by Asa Avdic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Avdic's debut, while painting an unsettling portrait of our possible future, lacks a compelling main character, and for all the book's calculated plotting, it doesn't add up to a satisfying read."
In the not-too-distant future, a group of carefully chosen people spends 48 hours on a remote Swedish island engaged in what at first seems like an exercise but turns into a high-stakes test of survival and betrayal. Read full book review >

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A STUDY IN MUST-READ AUTHORS
by Bobbi Dumas

So you all are Sherry Thomas fans, right?

I sincerely hope so! She’s seriously one of the smartest writers out there, and for whatever reason, her novels hit all my romance buttons. 

Last fall she released A Study in Scarlet Women, an intriguing new take on the Sherlock Holmes canon. (It got a great review and was named one ...


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FISHTAILING by Wendy Phillips
POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"However, although much of the climatic action happens offstage, there are enough razor blades, lust, jealousy and revenge to keep readers breathlessly hooked until the very end. (Verse novel. 14 & up)"
Four teens fall in and out of longing, love and violence: Kyle, the motorcycle-riding musician, Miguel, the unpredictable poet haunted by a violent past, Natalie, a mischief-making cutter, and Tricia, a biracial teen uncomfortable in her own skin. Read full book review >