Search Results: "Brent Runyon"


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MAYBE by Brent Runyon
FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"The common insecurities of adolescence—specifically of hormonally charged teenaged boys—coupled with the added drama and intrigue surrounding the brother's accident, make this an accessible work for a wide, albeit older, teen audience. (Fiction. YA)"
Runyon follows the critical success of Burn Journals (2004) with a foray into fiction that features another troubled teenaged boy. Read full book review >

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THE BURN JOURNALS by Brent Runyon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"It's a fascinating journey through a teenager's mind, only lacking information about what happened to Brent after he returned to school. (Nonfiction. YA)"
This true story of a 14-year-old boy who tried to commit suicide by setting himself on fire certainly has the power to grab the attention of many young readers, despite its length. Read full book review >

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SURFACE TENSION by Brent Runyon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 10, 2009

"With sensitivity and candor, Runyon reveals how life changes us all and how these unavoidable changes can be full of both turmoil and wonder. (Fiction. YA)"
Over four summers at a small cottage on a lake, carefree 13-year-old Luke, eager to locate the perfect "luckystone," turns into an adventurous 14-year-old who tries nonchalantly to sneak peeks at his neighbor's breasts and then an easily annoyed 15-year-old who realizes his parents' faults and just wants "to get the fuck out of here." Read full book review >

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DAMON RUNYON by Jimmy Breslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 1991

"Could live forever."
The life of the mythic, wealthy journalist/short-story writer of the Broadway classic Guys and Dolls, told by the legendary, wealthy journalist/novel writer of Table Money, World Without End, Amen, etc. Making some allowances, this book is like Hemingway on Shakespeare. Read full book review >

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A LONG DAY AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Brent Hendricks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2013

"A tough journey. For Hendricks, the discovery that counts is that the conjuring of his father's presence during his bleak and lonely pilgrimage has brought him to realize that perhaps he can love him again after all."
A memoir in the form of a strange pilgrimage, filled with apocalyptic images, through the present-day South to the place in Georgia where hundreds of corpses were found rotting outside a crematory. Read full book review >

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VOLK’S SHADOW by Brent Ghelfi
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 2008

"Confusing and murky but ultimately quite thrilling."
Vladimir Putin's Russia proves to be as dangerous and terrorized as the former Soviet state in the undeclared war for control of the world's energy and the balance of power. Read full book review >

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THE JEKYL ISLAND CLUB by Brent Monahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"In his mystery debut, horror novelist Monahan (The Blood of the Covenant, 1995, etc.) offers a stalwart hero, an interesting tale, and generally efficient storytelling."
Toward the end of the 19th century, some self-adoring rich men, having found a lovely island off the Georgia coast, have dedicated themselves to the unlovely idea of exclusivity. Read full book review >

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ARE WE NOT MEN? by Brent Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"An engrossing collection filled with vulnerable, decent human beings, by a talented observer of decent, taciturn people leading lives of quiet desperation. (Author tour)"
A powerful and varied debut collection, sharing a theme of loss and alienation, from the author of the highly praised novel The Lost Son (1995). Read full book review >

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CHARLES SANDERS PEIRCE by Joseph Brent
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"It may be possible to offer more subtle and revealing readings of Peirce's character, but it would be hard to write a more sympathetic and eloquent one. (Thirty-five b&w photographs—not seen.)"
After completing his doctoral dissertation on Peirce (1839- 1914), Brent (Intellectual History/University of the District of Columbia) waited 30 years to gain access to the private papers of the controversial founder of pragmatism and semiotics—papers that were suppressed by a Harvard faculty who believed they were protecting Peirce's intellectual reputation—and to write this biography. Read full book review >

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"A few bright spots emerge among the overwritten lines; would benefit from edits."
A mixed collection of self-published poems and fiction fragments. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS HORSE AND THE THREE WISE MEN by Isabelle Brent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2016

"An uneven effort that reflects a lack of understanding of the intended audience. (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
The journey of the three Magi on their travels to the birthplace of Jesus is recounted from the point of view of a horse. Read full book review >

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AOLEON THE MARTIAN GIRL by Brent LeVasseur
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Mars needs milk in this tongue-in-cheek, slam-bang bit of YA escapism that's best for members of the PlayStation-playing generation."
In LeVasseur's debut middle-grade sci-fi novel, a friendly extraterrestrial girl whisks a Nebraska farm boy away for a wild adventure of Martian intrigue, rebellion and invasion. Read full book review >