Search Results: "Charles Bowden"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2009

"Affirms Bowden's place in the cranky Edward Abbey-Hunter S. Thompson school of Western individualists."
A dark, foreboding meditation on life from the provocative author. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Memorable and remarkable, as true-edged and dangerous as a brand-new stiletto."
Sprawling, lacerating account of the drug war along the Mexican border, which is nothing but a slow-motion holocaust, according to veteran nonfiction author Bowden (Blues for Cannibals, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

"A potent book that readers won't soon forget, and a warning of what can come of an insatiable market that knows no borders."
GQ and Mother Jones contributing editor Bowden (Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: Living in the Future, 2009, etc.) digs into the complexities behind the ominous escalation of violence in Ciudad Juárez, a city across the border from El Paso that now has the tragic distinction of being the most dangerous city in the world. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 6, 2005

"A blurry, near-unintelligible account that's anything but compelling and does nothing to sharpen our feel for the drug war or those who wage it."
A drug agent under deep cover in an unnamed American city takes down high-level drug dealers and battles the demons within himself. A murky tale, in dense prose. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 27, 2002

"Bowden spins a fine, grim tale as he digs for a life of the senses: monstrous, beautiful, but always in plain sight."
Reels and roars from the American underbelly by Bowden (The Secret Forest, 1993, etc.), a veteran at engaging with misery. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET FOREST by Charles Bowden
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"A vibrant sketch imbued with elegance, mystery, and charm. (Sixty color photographs by Pulitzer-winning photographer Jack Dykinga)"
Tales of the brute geography of tropical Sonora, told with originality by a writer known for prose with an offbeat edge. Read full book review >

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DESIERTO by Charles Bowden
NON-FICTION
Released: June 17, 1991

"Thought-provoking and moving."
In these powerful epic tales of the Sonora Desert, Bowden (Red Line, 1989; Mescal, 1988, etc.) peoples the harsh land on both sides of the US-Mexican border with saints and sinners, but his enduring hero is the desert itself. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"As complete and satisfying a wrap-up as is likely to be available any time soon on the man who, arguably, played the leading role in the S&L debacle."
A largely successful effort to bring to book the renegade financier whose arrogance, depredations, and political connections made him the apotheosis of the white-collar criminals who laid waste to America's thrift institutions. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A good place to start for those new to Darwin's life and work."
A worthy one-volume life of the eminent—and blessedly lucky—naturalist. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DARWIN by Janet Browne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"A richly detailed, vivid, and definitive portrait with not a word wasted: the best life of Charles Darwin in the modern literature."
Continuing where Charles Darwin: Voyaging (1995) left off, the British science historian completes her brilliant two-volume biography. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS by Jane Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2002

"A successful attempt to deepen the way we read Dickens, with clues to finding him in his own characters and words."
Pulitzer-winning novelist Smiley (Horse Heaven, 2000, etc.) brings her fluid prose to a fresh and insightful look, through a psychological lens, at the life of Dickens. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2008

"An uncritical but colorful picture of a offbeat character who convinced many that he was a genius."
Stage-magic historian Steinmeyer (Art and Artifice: And Other Essays of Illusion, 2006, etc.) examines the quirky life of Charles Fort (1874-1932). Read full book review >