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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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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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"A tired argument for Tea Partiers and fans of conservative talk radio."
Curmudgeonly screed that simply echoes rhetoric all too familiar in today's political dialogue. Read full book review >

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HOW THE RIGHT LOST ITS MIND by Charles J. Sykes
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A courageous book destined to make Sykes a target among many of the worst elements that he eviscerates, which will, sadly, just confirm the strength of his thesis."
A "contrarian conservative" tries to come to grips with what his side of the political aisle has become, and he loathes much of what he sees. Read full book review >

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TRIPLE HOMICIDE by Charles J. Hynes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 2007

"A compelling morality tale occasionally bogged down by an excess of detail."
Police corruption forms the backdrop for personal tragedy in this fiction debut, introduced in the prologue as a "mostly true" story. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 1995

"Parents and visionary educators, if not educrats, should sit up and take notice. (Author tour)"
A scathing critique that grabs America's educational establishment by the scruff of the neck and shakes it until its trendy goals of building self-esteem, clarifying values, and evaluating feelings rattle hollowly where the three Rs ought to be. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

In an alternately provocative and cranky jeremiad on the decline of individual responsibility, Sykes (The Hollow Men, 1990) sounds like a latter-day Walt Whitman—except that he hears America whining, not singing. Read full book review >

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FAIL U. by Charles J. Sykes
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Though Sykes' Limbaugh-esque project scores some good points along the way, his shrill denunciations don't get at the core of the real problem or at a solution."
Ah, college, a time for beer blasts, casual sex, and, ahem, "bizarre cultural intolerances." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An optimistic account of the church's future in the midst of a secular age."
What are American Catholics to do in today's troubled world? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 1997

"Murray tells the story of Cray compellingly, and few readers will be able to close the book without a regret at the passing of an age when such independent giants could rule the world. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The name Cray is to the computer world what Ferrari is to the automotive world: a synonym for sheer speed and engineering bravado. Read full book review >