Search Results: "Brad Herzog"


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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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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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WHEN THE BALLS DROP by Brad Garrett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Garrett's celebrity status and comic take on the second half of life will draw readers in, but his occasionally hateful diatribes might put some of them off."
A clarion call to men pushing 50 from "an optimistic pessimist." Read full book review >

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YEAR OF THE HYENAS by Brad Geagley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Interesting protagonist, vivid evocation of the mean streets of Thebes, but a prose style that can be jarring: 'Semerket could hear the lioness's fangs in the queen's voice.'"
A debut historical mystery about foul play among the Pharoahs. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST COUNSEL by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2001

Meltzer's third high-octane thriller (Dead Even, 1998, etc.) sinks a junior White House staffer in the world of woes that result when he accepts a date with the president's daughter. 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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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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CROW'S LANDING by Brad Smith
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Fifteen routine but thoroughly pleasurable rounds of detection, action, double-crossing and highly competitive treasure-hunting."
A sunken treasure that upstate farmer/fisherman Virgil Cain accidentally hooks brings him nothing but harassment, fisticuffs and murder. Read full book review >