Search Results: "Christopher J. O'Bryant"


BOOK REVIEW

320 DOWN by Christopher J. O'Bryant
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 19, 2010

"A nifty whodunit-cum-love story with a touch of screwball comedy."
A financial sleuth sets her sights on a suspect who seems very guilty and very attractive in this twisty romantic mystery. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"Breaks little new ground and is unlikely to surprise knowledgeable readers, but gets the basic points across clearly and effectively."
A solid introduction to the Civil War, with related historical documents and private letters appended to each chapter. Read full book review >

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BLACK CHALK by Christopher J. Yates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"You can't help but admire how Yates slowly unravels his players' safety nets—their minds—one roll of the dice at a time."
In Yates' debut, six college friends learn the hard way that games are never just games once they're made personal. Read full book review >

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HIGHWAYS TO A WAR by Christopher J. Koch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Koch's complicated point of view seems mechanical at times, but on the whole he's given us an absorbing, deeply moving story. (First printing of 35,000; author tour)"
A desperate tale of love and heroism, set mostly in Cambodia during the rise of the Khmer Rouge, from the Australian author of the novel and classic independent film The Year of Living Dangerously (1979). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A convincing argument that the only enduring harm to America from leaving Iraq will be a trillion-dollar debt and a few thousand dead."
Not another screed on Iraq, but a well-considered account of what's likely to happen once we leave. Read full book review >

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HARDBARNED! by Christopher J. Driver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A largely resonant, darkly comic remembrance that embodies the struggle between pursuing reliable employment and devoting oneself to one's passions."
The author explores the white-and blue-collar job markets while also trying to find fulfilling employment as a writer in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

"The look of karate, as well as some of its excitement, are nicely captured in b&w photos and photo sequences. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A New Jersey karate instructor and a photographer team up to follow Nick, a 14-year-old brown belt, from the rigors of training to a pair of medals at a statewide tournament. Read full book review >

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TUGG AND TEENY by J. Patrick Lewis
ANIMALS
Released: March 2, 2011

"Emergent readers will identify with Teeny as someone learning new skills, and her can-do attitude, emboldened by a supportive community, is a great model for attaining success. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Another odd couple makes its foray into beginning-reader territory with three stories about Teeny the monkey's efforts to realize her artistic potential while best friend Tugg the gorilla cheers her on. Read full book review >

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BUG DANCE by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Though this isn't one of the best of the series, a determined teacher with enthusiastic read-aloud skills could integrate the story into math or gym class, especially if insects are also part of the curriculum. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Murphy (Seaweed Soup, 2001, etc.) adds to his popular MathStart series with this well-meant but clumsy effort at creating a plot around the directional terms left, right, forward, and backward. Read full book review >

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BLACK SWAN/WHITE CROW by J. Patrick Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A beautiful collection to be savored by readers even as it inspires them. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
Superb haiku about animals and the weather, preceded with an instructive note about the form—where it comes from, how it's defined, how to write it, how to read it. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

Judgment at Nuremberg was far messier than the public suspected at the time, according to this American prosecutor's pungent view of the controversial trial. Read full book review >