Search Results: "Bret Burkmar"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 1, 2015

"A charming, wildly imaginative introduction to a brave new girl."
In this fanciful picture book, a birthday disappears and a little girl must get it back. Read full book review >

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Released: July 2, 2015

"A wild tale helmed by a charmingly clever kid."
Child heroine Lucy Lick-Me-Not is back, and this time, she's taking on the seasons and the lack of a white Christmas. Read full book review >

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THE LONG GONE LONESOME HISTORY OF COUNTRY MUSIC by Bret Bertholf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"If y'all hanker for some rib-ticklin' fun and cotton to learn more about country music, this one's for you. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Bertholf's slightly irreverent, highly entertaining historical junket transports readers through a century of musical detours and developments in a jam-packed tour de force of everything you ever wanted to know about American country music. Read full book review >

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JOAN CRAWFORD by David Bret
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Bedroom noir."
A flat, superficial biography that obsesses over Crawford's sex life as intensely as Crawford reportedly obsessed over having sex. Read full book review >

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ROCK HUDSON by David Bret
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2006

"Empty pillow talk."
A superficial biography of a major film star and icon. Read full book review >

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HITMAN by Bret Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2008

"Excessive score settling smothers a pungent account of wrestling's changing of the guard."
One of pro wrestling's biggest stars tells it like it was, with an obscene amount of detail. Read full book review >

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JEWEL by Bret Lott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A quiet, at times slow-moving novel with exquisite moments of tenderness and the gift for elevating the commonplace to the sublime."
An author of small domestic fictions (A Dream of Old Leaves, 1989; A Stranger's House, 1988; etc.) takes on larger issues in this resonant novel about simple people who reach a state of grace through human tragedy. Read full book review >

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AMERICA IN RETREAT by Bret Stephens
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A provocative, carefully reasoned argument, anathema to politicians as disparate as Barack Obama and Rand Paul."
In his first book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal surveys the tumultuous international scene and calls for America to do what great nations have always done: Lead.Read full book review >

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WOMEN AND MEN by Bret Lott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2005

"Slow-moving and sometimes opaque to the point of confusion."
Third collection from Lott (A Song I Knew by Heart, 2004, etc.) offers 15 mostly sour, sometimes surreal domestic tales plus a self-indulgent postscript. Read full book review >

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DEAD LOW TIDE by Bret Lott
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Huger is an appealing narrator, but his story of finding himself is only moderately interesting, and the tacked-on thriller is cartoonish."
In Lott's follow-up to his coming-of-age/murder mystery The Hunt Club (1998, etc.), Huger Dillard, now a grown man but not exactly mature, confronts another murder 10 years later. Read full book review >

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LANDSLIDE by Bret Kamrud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2014

"Despite the errors, a pleasing debut."
In Kamrud's debut novel, a Montana railroad foreman's alcoholism threatens to destroy his job, his marriage and perhaps even his life. Read full book review >

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THE MISTINGUETT LEGEND by David Bret
Released: Jan. 9, 1990

The life of legendary music-hall artist Mistinguett (1875-1956), whose closest rival was Josephine Baker (who was 30 years younger) and whose style gave birth to Edith Piaf, Fanny Brice, Libby Holman, and any number of chanteuses who specialized in torchy heartbreak—though she usually sauced up other songs with witty vulgarity and fun. Read full book review >