Search Results: "Brad Herzog"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"A quest for authenticity and self-acceptance, marred by occasional sentimentality and banality, but ultimately redeemed by a near-perfect ending."
Herzog's third travel memoir (Small World: A Microcosmic Journey, 2004, etc.) follows the highways cross-country to his college reunion at Cornell University, examining the idea of the hero along the way. Read full book review >

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ESCAPE FROM ZOBADAK by Brad Gallagher
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Inventive worldbuilding, but way too much is left unexplained and unresolved. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Four children find their way into another world through a hidden doorway in a mysterious old piece of furniture. Read full book review >

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HEROES FOR MY SON by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An earnest if jumbled effort to point out character-building values. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Fifty-two portraits of real-world heroes, from that "troublemaker" Abe Lincoln to Miep Gies, the "lawbreaker" who hid Anne Frank and her family. Read full book review >

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DESCENT by Brad Matsen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2005

"Beebe is still somewhat known today, however, while Barton is not. Matsen gives him overdue recognition, even as he offers a cautionary tale about the price of fame."
For true-adventure buffs: an engrossing tale of brains, careerism, and clashing egos on the high seas. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDS OF FREELAND by Brad Leithauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 1997

"Skillfully crafted and conceived, but far too long and obvious."
A Northern Saga, longer than an Arctic shadow and tougher to swallow than frozen venison filet, from a gifted poet and novelist (Seaward, 1993, etc.) who seems to have had a lot of time on his hands. Read full book review >

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ZOMBIE 00 by Brad Gooch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2000

"The whips-and-chains crowd will love it. For others: caveat emptor."
Images of the Marquis de Sade's bedchamber and Andy Warhol's Factory will undoubtedly assail readers of this defiantly outré third novel by Gooch, the biographer of Frank O'Hara (City Poet, 1993) and author of such in-your-face fiction as The Golden Age of Promiscuity (1996). Read full book review >

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THE FIRST COMMANDMENT by Brad Thor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Incessant action and artless narration for G. Gordon Liddy fans."
A terrorist mysteriously allowed to leave Guantánamo visits biblical plagues on the friends and relations of a Secret Service agent for whom he carries a mammoth grudge. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 26, 2013

"In lesser hands, such a story could be maudlin or gimmicky, but Tyer's evocative prose of quiet melancholy and gentle humor avoids such pitfalls."
Journalist Tyer deftly weaves memoir and reportage in a tale of the reclamation of a river and the failed reclamation of a father's love. Read full book review >

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A FEW CORRECTIONS by Brad Leithauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2001

"Dialogue sometimes sounds more like writing than real speech, but for the most part, Leithauser maintains a breezy, believable tone while doing justice to his weightier life-and-death themes: a lovely read."
Leithauser (The Friends of Freeland, 1997, etc.) transcends the writing-school cleverness of his premise in a genuinely funny, quietly elegiac fifth novel. Read full book review >

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RED MEANS RUN by Brad Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"The whodunit is both unguessable and not very interesting, but Smith (Busted Flush, 2005, etc.) makes the developing relationship between mutually wary Virgil and Claire well worth the price of admission."
A farmer accused of murder turns detective to save his skin, which is worth saving. Read full book review >