Search Results: "Benjamin Nugent"


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GOOD KIDS by Benjamin Nugent
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A novel that badly wants to be cool but is rarely more than sophomoric."
Can a childhood crush survive a 13-year separation? The answer's a long time coming in this unfocused first novel from the author of American Nerd (2008). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Great fun, whether you're cool or not."
An amusing and insightful meditation on socially maladroit guys in horn-rimmed glasses. Read full book review >

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THE FOUR COURTS MURDER by Andrew Nugent
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 16, 2005

"An erudite, witty and altogether delightful debut, full of characters laced with eccentricity and Irish charm."
The august Four Courts of Dublin are rocked to their foundation by the murder of a judge in chambers. Read full book review >

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SOUL MURDER by Andrew Nugent
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 2009

"Nugent, a Benedictine monk and former Dublin lawyer, knows all the naughty and brave boyhood foibles and writes of them with charm and empathy. His plotting is a little too pat, but his substance and style carry the day."
A North Kerry house master has his throat slit. Read full book review >

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NO CATS ALLOWED by Lois Simmie
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A cozy tale of coming home, executed with an edge that makes it interesting. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's a rainy night in Vancouver when a skinny gray cat decides not to be a stray anymore, and scratches on the window of Mr. Foster, manager of the Sylvia Hotel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 28, 1993

"Much wittier than most cryptozoological reports (which veer toward stuffiness to counterbalance the jeers)—and a spanking good travelogue to boot. (Photos—not seen)"
Nugent (The Search for the Pink-Headed Duck, 1991—not reviewed), a specialist in cryptozoological adventures—combing the far regions of the earth for undiscovered beasties—takes on Mokele-Mbembe, a brontosaurus-like dinosaur reported to dwell in the rain forests of central Africa. Read full book review >

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DOWN AT THE DOCKS by Rory Nugent
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"An incisive portrait that takes both place and people seriously, and that does them honor."
An elegiac portrait of an iconic place fallen on hard times and unlikely to rise again. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2013

"This book, like one of its myriad cocktails, is dry, dirty and surprisingly refreshing."
Debut comedic memoir based on the 20-something author's popular blog. Read full book review >

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CITY OF BOYS by Beth Nugent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 1992

"Weird, hypnotic, and highly promising."
Nugent, whose stories have appeared in The New Yorker and Mademoiselle, as well as in The Best American Short Stories 1985 and other anthologies, opens a door in this first collection to a bleak world whose hopelessness weighs heavy at times, but whose characters linger in the memory. Read full book review >

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UNRAVELING OLIVER by Liz Nugent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"The book works as a page-turner, but it's surprising that a screenwriter couldn't populate her book with a few more vivid characters."
This psychological thriller—a debut novel by an Irish TV and radio writer—is not a whodunit but a why'd-he-do-it. Read full book review >

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SECOND BURIAL FOR A BLACK PRINCE by Andrew Nugent
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 2006

"What shines throughout, however, isn't the detective work, but the piercing compassion that crosses racial and national lines to embrace everyone who seeks the truth about the evil that left Shad dead."
In a sequel that couldn't be more different from his appealing debut (The Four Courts Murder, 2005), Nugent gives his Dublin detectives more help than they want in tracking down a corpse's missing foot. Read full book review >