Search Results: "Brian Dolan"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 2001

"Much less engaging than one would expect, given the potentially compelling subject matter. (16 pages color photos, not seen)"
A study of British women travelers in the 18th century that began as a research file for Exploring European Frontiers (not reviewed). The result retains the feel of a file: some interesting clips, some pictures, and lots of padding. Read full book review >

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WEDGWOOD by Brian Dolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2004

"A slice of serious history that's also pretty as a picture."
An elegant biography, abundant in historical and cultural detail, of the 18th-century pottery magnate. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED FARM by Elys Dolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"This is one haunted farm readers won't want to skip. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Dolan takes her zany, anthropomorphic animals to new heights of silliness in this Halloween tale. Read full book review >

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NUTS IN SPACE by Elys Dolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"Light and playful, with busy action and energetic spoofs, this silly story is a good thing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A space-adventure picture book featuring anthropomorphic animals…and nuts. Read full book review >

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VERY BAD MEN by Harry Dolan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2011

"The rare crime novel with something for everyone who reads crime fiction."
A second mind-bending case for Ann Arbor editor David Loogan that begins just as simply and ominously and takes the reader on just as wild a journey. Read full book review >

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PHOENIX by J.D. Dolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2000

"Dolan unflinchingly peels away the layers from a family's secrets and fears, and in doing so creates a memorial to a brother lost too soon—as well as a powerful, unsettling lament for the ways in which life's hard realities can diminish one's dreams."
A beautifully written, painfully frank memoir about a death in the family, and a meditation on the fragile bonds of kinship in the modern world. Read full book review >

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THE LAST DEAD GIRL by Harry Dolan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"As in his first two thrillers (Very Bad Men, 2011, etc.), Dolan plays out the complications with a spider's patience. This time, however, an unmemorable culprit makes his infernal logic seem just a tad less inevitable, scary and remorseless."
Stung by discovering his fiancee's infidelity, an upstate real estate inspector walks out on her and into a relationship with a local law student—a relationship that turns even more intense with the student's murder. Read full book review >

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POTTER'S FIELD by Chris Dolan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2015

"Although native Glaswegians will have a decided advantage in parsing the dialect and local color, outsiders will find plenty to keep them guessing in Dolan's complex, perceptive crime debut."
A flawed but feisty Glasgow prosecutor goes her own way to find a serial killer. Read full book review >

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BAD THINGS HAPPEN by Harry Dolan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 23, 2009

"On the other hand, Dolan has provided a seven-course banquet for readers with a taste for deliriously overplotted pulp with just enough polish to keep them from feeling guilty."
Dolan's debut thriller begins simply enough, with two men burying a third in a forested section of Ann Arbor's Marshall Park. From there, it gets ever more loopy, far-fetched and baroque. Read full book review >

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LIES OF THE LAND by Chris Dolan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Glasgow is as much a character—and as contradictory a mix of light and dark—as Dolan's very human heroine in this complex sequel to Potter's Field (2015)."
The murder of a prominent Scottish lawyer reopens an old case and new wounds. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION

"Expertly crafted parenting advice that advocates gentleness and presence above all else."
Family therapist, health and wellness executive, and writer Dolan-Del Vecchio (The Pet Loss Companion, 2013, etc.) offers common-sense parenting advice. Read full book review >

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WEASELS by Elys Dolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Amid sight gags, crossed wires and way too many espresso drinks, these weasels rule! (Picture book. 5-8)"
Ultracaffeinated weasels plotting world domination face a setback when their room-sized, Rube Goldberg-ian machine breaks down. Read full book review >