Search Results: "C.J. Carpenter"


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NEVER ALONE by C.J. Carpenter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 2014

"A promising debut for fans of the procedural thriller. The complex heroine and startling denouement lift this one above the average and bode well for future installments."
In the first book of a new series, a New York City detective investigates a psychotic killer. Read full book review >

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HIDDEN VICES by C.J. Carpenter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 2015

"A nice blend of characters props up a moderately interesting but tired plot, though what's often most intriguing is Megan's disconcertingly frequent use of the F-bomb."
A planned vacation offers no relief for a detective recovering from the trauma of her last case who's thrust unexpectedly back into the field. Read full book review >

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ARCTIC ANIMALS by Tad Carpenter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2015

"Beautiful, smart, and entertaining. (Board book. 2-5)"
Six arctic animals are introduced in this stylized lift-the-flap board book. Read full book review >

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THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF by Stephen Carpenter
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 1998

"The artwork matches the story: The characters are suitably menacing, quivering, or stalwart, and the perspectives allow readers to be right there in the thick of the action. (Picture book. 2-4)"
In this entry in the Growing Tree series, the publisher copyrights the text, while Carpenter provides illustrations for the story; here, the three billy goats named Gruff play on a nasty troll's greed to get where the grass is greenest. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Like her All the Stars in the Sky: Native Stories of the Heavens (2006), this digestible gathering will draw young readers—but fewer storytellers, as there are no source notes. (afterword) (Folktales. 9-11)"
In a slim and watery collection of northerly First Nations tales, land-dwellers fall in love with sea-dwellers, contentious humans are nearly all wiped out in a flood sent by exasperated spirits and the kindly Great Spirit temporarily gives over the souls of the dead to his opposite number, Evil Minded, but keeps them safe from harm by transforming them into ground mist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"Carpenter adeptly lays out a tremendous amount of information, but in the end it's the bleakness of the picture that overwhelms: the sexism, small-mindedness, and addiction to excitement that characterize life in the mob. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
The consummately unglamourous life and times of a Mafia moll turned informant, by the author of Missing Beauty (1988). Read full book review >

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CAFFEINATED by Murray Carpenter
NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 2014

"Carpenter's entertaining narrative dissects caffeine's circuitous route into consumer culture and its tenacious hold on the human mind and body."
Having opined on caffeine for various publications, including the New York Times and Wired, Carpenter delivers a compelling compendium of facts and figures on this "largely unregulated drug." Read full book review >

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THE WEIGHT OF LIES by Emily Carpenter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Twists aplenty in this searing murder mystery should leave readers dizzy, in the best way possible."
In this thriller, a tell-all about a celebrity novelist examines her most famous horror book, which may be more truth than fiction. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Like pirate radio itself: worth tuning in to, but in the end the signal's too weak."
A journalist looks back on her adventures in the outlaw world of low-power radio during the '90s. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A wise and animated account of raising children well in spite of a particularly large generation gap. (Author tour)"
An inspiring, humorous, and thoughtful account of unexpected single motherhood by former LBJ White House press secretary Carpenter (Ruffles and Flourishes, 1970). Read full book review >