Search Results: "Charles J. Shields"


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AND SO IT GOES by Charles J. Shields
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Indeed, Vonnegut emerges as irascible, ungenerous and usually unkind, 'flinty, defensive, and sarcastic,' which will surely disappoint admirers who wanted him to be something better."
The life of a once-lionized writer who is gradually, it seems, being forgotten today. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2008

"Prior knowledge of both works is not absolutely necessary, thanks to an absorbing and easy narrative style; still, readers may not pick this up unless they already have an interest in Lee's life. (black-and-white photos, notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. YA)"
The life of one of literature's greatest one-hit wonders is presented for young readers in an adapted version of the author's Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee (2006). Read full book review >

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MOCKINGBIRD by Charles J. Shields
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2006

"Proof that the aging avian continues to elude and frustrate pursuers."
A determined but ultimately sketchy summary of the life of Lee, who shuns publicity and avoids biographers. Read full book review >

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J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

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JEMIMA J by Jane Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"Slightly unpredictable story development saves this from exactly duplicating the vast mound of similar feel-good modern fairy tales for women, but it lives in the same neighborhood."
An overweight woman turns from ugly duckling to swan in British novelist Green's American debut: a tale that offers plenty of engaging plot twists but not much substance. Read full book review >

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J. EDEN by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1996

"Terrific takes on time's rush, with a touch of that personal enlightenment offered to a certain generation of moviegoers by The Big Chill—but less glib."
Reedian thoughts about life, marriage, middle age, and children when three couples, their kids, and a close friend spend the summer lumped together in a New England farmhouse. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2008

"Earley reminds us that Tretyakov is no objective observer—he leans over backward to say nasty things about Russia while flattering America and himself. Keeping this in mind, readers will encounter plenty of juicy details about Russian intelligence, which still considers America the enemy."
More outrageous espionage scandal, but this time the CIA and FBI look good. Read full book review >

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The Va-J-J-House by Aunt Lea Lance
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A heartfelt but uneven fiction debut."
In this novel, a woman and her niece recount the trials and tribulations of their love lives and the ways that they rely on each other for love and support. Read full book review >

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OSCAR J by Sherlene Adolphe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"A compassionate guide that can help parents and kids with tough questions."
A debut book steers young readers and their families through experiences of loss. Read full book review >

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DRAGON, DRAGON, AND OTHER TALES by John Gardner
Released: Aug. 1, 1975

"A sparkle for classroom or family aloud."
Four playful changes on traditional fairy tale themes, a bit thinner than we'd expect from the author of Grendel and occasionally descending to the level of adult archness ("Only the prince. . . remembered Chimarra's saying 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself [or something]"), but disarmingly witty and polished. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DARWIN by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An illuminating new biography of a legendary figure in the scientific world whose legacy continues to draw reappraisals."
The prolific novelist and biographer probes the character and controversies of Charles Darwin's life and the controversial theory that turned the world on its head. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS by Jenny Hartley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A deft, authoritative, and engaging reappraisal of the great Victorian novelist."
Restless, tireless, and prolific, Dickens "became an adjective in his own lifetime." Read full book review >