Search Results: "Barry Yourgrau"


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MESS by Barry Yourgrau
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"Yourgrau provides engaging company for most of that span, but the actual decluttering in the book might have taken less than a chapter."
A memoir about decluttering an apartment. Read full book review >

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NASTYBOOK by Barry Yourgrau
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Fans of the likes of David Lubar's Witch's Monkey and Other Tales (1997) or Paul Jennings's twisted short fiction will be rolling in the aisles. (Short stories. 10-13)"
Continuing the format but toning down the raunchiness of several earlier efforts for adult readers, Yourgrau offers about 50 deliciously macabre sketches and fragments, most of them ideal for reading aloud. Read full book review >

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YET ANOTHER NASTYBOOK by Barry Yourgrau
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Younger children looking for scary—but not too scary—tales and older reluctant readers will fall on Yourgrau's latest with glad cries. (Short stories. 7-9)"
After trying his hand at a novel, Yourgrau returns to the format of his first NastyBook (2005), offering several dozen surreal mini-melodramas, most running only a page or two with the occasional typographic flight of fancy, deliberately lame poem or (one hopes) consciously ugly line drawing chucked in for variety. Read full book review >

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MY CURIOUS UNCLE DUDLEY by Barry Yourgrau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"An unsuccessful experiment by an author known to take chances in his titles for adults. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Take a world-traveling uncle with a penchant for potions. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1991

The trial of Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry, with its titillating mixture of sex, lies, and videotape, not only attracted worldwide attention, but gave rise to more serious questions—which are partially addressed here by Voice of America's Agronsky. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER NASTYBOOK by Barry Yourgrau
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"De Jesus inserts occasional pages of comics-style panels, as well as mucky blots or smears intended to give the pages a well-thumbed look that they are unlikely to pick up from actual readers. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Again writing for short attention spans, Yourgrau clambers onto Lemony Snicket's coattails with this circular, surreal tale of a lad who, inspired by a redundantly dubbed "manga comic," stumbles off to the rescue after his shrewish mother is supposedly kidnapped by goblins. Read full book review >

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BARRY, BOYHOUND by Andy Spearman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"For boys (or even girls) who appreciate wacky humor and interesting facts, this is a perfect package. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The day Barry becomes a boyhound is filled with adventure. Read full book review >

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BARRY GOLDWATER by Peter Iverson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Although it's of rather narrow interest, Iverson's book is a highly useful addition to the study of Arizona politics."
A biography of a nationally prominent politician that emphasizes the local. Read full book review >

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BARRY GOLDWATER by Robert Alan Goldberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 1995

"751) on Goldwater's role in postwar American politics."
Sturdy political biography of the author of modern American conservatism (not authorized, but written with its subject's cooperation) . Read full book review >

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MADAME DU BARRY by Joan Haslip
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"The lavish language recalls the style of Regency novels, for which this could serve as a reference. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
In this brief romantic biography of the last mistress of Louis XV, Haslip (Marie Antoinette, 1988, etc.), now 80, brings a special charm to the story of du Barry (1743-93), whose legendary beauty brought both rewards and penalties: power, wealth, envy, fear, and, ultimately, death. Read full book review >

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BARRY MOSER’S PSALM 23 by Barry  Moser
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"An introductory artist's note explains Moser's connection to the Antiguan setting and his interpretation of the psalm's text. (publisher's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
The main character in this fine interpretation of the beloved psalm is a modern-day shepherd boy from the Caribbean island of Antigua. Read full book review >

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DAVE BARRY DOES JAPAN by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"A droll, light companion to all those heavy texts that offer dreary, detailed analyses of Nippon and its people; and if your yakuta is tied wrong, the hell with it. (Line drawings by Barry throughout.)"
Barry (Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need, 1991, etc.), syndicated humorist and author of a lot of funny books (most with his name in the title—as if there's a lot of shoddy imitation), does it again. Read full book review >