Search Results: "Charles Laird Calia"


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THE UNSPEAKABLE by Charles Laird Calia
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"However strained allegorically, Calia plays mainly to his strengths in giving both his characters personal history and depth enough to make—and keep- -them human and real."
Suppose a young priest believes he's been spoken to by God—an experience that's left him mute, but also possibly with healing powers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2005

"Astronomy was never so much fun."
A unique—and splendid—mix of astronomy and personal journey. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"An alarm call, but not alarmist. Less fluently written, but no less valuable, than Ellen Ruppel Shell's Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture (2009), which it neatly bookends."
You know the economy is in trouble when you can't find anything for a dollar in a dollar store. Read full book review >

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NEVERHOME by Laird Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Hunt keeps the pace brisk and inserts some new feminist twists into the genre of the Civil War odyssey."
A novel that takes us there and back again, "there" being the Civil War and back again, a farm in Indiana. Read full book review >

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INDIANA, INDIANA by Laird Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"At first glance, this seems to be the worst possible knockoff of 20th-Century Lit 101, but Hunt manages to infuse enough life into these old modernist bones that by the end they dance like a Halloween skeleton."
A mentally disturbed man's attempts to help his institutionalized wife, as related by Hunt (The Impossibly, 2001) in a Faulknerian voice that succeeds better than one would have reason to expect. Read full book review >

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PARADISE LOST by Laird Stevens
Released: Oct. 22, 2012

"Intimate, reflective and worthy of a thoughtful read; don't rush this one."
A young man struggles to find meaning in his life as he travels between Europe and Canada, finding new loves and new interests along the way in this nonlinear novel. Read full book review >

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SECRET FRIENDS by Elizabeth Laird
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Short, plain sentences and wide margins may have some appeal for struggling readers, but it'll be hard for them to squeeze out tears when everything happens so cursorily. (Fiction. 11-14)"
From Laird (Kiss the Dust, 1992, etc.), a brief tale of a friend quickly won and lost to a sudden, unexpected death in this British novella. Read full book review >

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BLACK DOG by Thomas Laird
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2004

"Grand Guignol stuff aside, though, it's all standard issue."
Talk about specialists. Chicago homicide cop Jimmy Parisi scores a hat trick by notching his third consecutive hunt for a serial killer messing up young women. Read full book review >

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DANGEROUS DIFFERENCES by Mac Laird
Released: May 27, 2010

"A worthwhile read that focuses on the daily lives of Indians and colonists rather than on famous historical events."
American Indians and colonial settlers struggle to understand each other in Virginia of 1700. Read full book review >

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THE EXQUISITE by Laird Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An author to watch once he 'murders' his mentors."
The namesake of a 17th-century thief helms a fake murder ring in New York's East Village. Read full book review >

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CUTTER by Thomas Laird
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Alternates gristle and flab, romance and sexual pathology, all of it laid on with a heavy hand—except the killer's surgeries, which are gruesomely accomplished."
Short-story specialist Laird (Blue Collar, not reviewed) pads his way to novel length with the exploits, all too explicitly described, of a Chicago serial killer who first chloroforms his prey, pretty young gals, and then removes vital organs, presumably to sell on the black market to desperate souls in need of transplants. Read full book review >