Search Results: "Clark Howard"


BOOK REVIEW

CITY BLOOD by Clark Howard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Jack-of-all- crimes Howard (Love's Blood, 1993, etc.) takes full advantage of the fact that, since his hero isn't a series character, anything could happen to him—right down to the quietly inconclusive ending."
Called to the scene of go-go dancer Ronnie Lynn's beating death, Chicago detective Joe Kiley and his partner, Nick Bianco, find a nasty lead: Tony, the boyfriend the victim was slated to meet, has the same name as Tony Touhy, kid brother of North Side mobster Phil Touhy, a silent partner in the club where she worked. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"Mostly, though, the grim logic of Howard's heroes (City Blood, 1994, etc.) is so persuasive that the few (and relatively weak) happy endings here, which offer just enough false hope to juice the other stories, are even more depressing than the others."
Not all Howard's heroes are ex-cons, but they might as well be. Read full book review >

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LOVE'S BLOOD by Clark Howard
NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 1993

"A rich mix of sex and blood with eroticism too strong for any Amy Fisher-type TV miniseries—though it's a Drew Barrymore natural. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
Deeply engaging tale of a teenager who may—or may not—have helped kill her parents. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 2000

"Though his heroes and heroines are invariably drawn from among life's losers, Howard, in his brief introduction, finds them distinguished by the professional or regional or personal pride that gives them one more chance at the brass ring: the gift of surviving another day."
Fans who haven't already overdosed on Five Star's recent collection of Howard's stories (Crowded Lives, p. 86) will welcome this competing volume of 12 tales (1980-94) by the perennial winner of Ellery Queen's Readers Award. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 6, 2012

"Despite an abundance of eye-glazing minutiae, a revealing epistolary portrait emerges of life on the battlefield and at home."
A couple separated by war vents fears, frustrations and intense longing in this sometimes banal, sometimes passionate correspondence. Read full book review >

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BRAIN FREEZE! by Todd Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 2014

"Only the very specific audience Clark has in mind will care, and even they may not care very much. ('fun facts and activities,' not seen) (Fantasy. 8-10)"
In a series opener heavily sprinkled with references to butts, boogers and farting, a fourth-grader discovers that frozen treats give him superpowers. Read full book review >

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Released: April 14, 2012

"An authentic, if overpadded, document of the Vietnam era."
The menace of the Viet Cong pales beside the tantrums of a fussy newborn in these tense, ardent letters between a soldier and his put-upon wife. Read full book review >

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YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE by Bridie Clark
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 15, 2014

"This format, which rarely devotes more than a few pages to any particular character or topic, results in a novel that skims, rather than explores, the pressures many high school students face daily. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Told with second-person narration, Clark's sequel to Maybe Tonight? (2013) returns "you" to your elite boarding school for your sophomore year of high school, as before ending chapters with Choose Your Own Adventure-style scenarios. Read full book review >

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DYING TO TELL ME by Sherryl Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A stronger-than-she-realizes heroine uses her disconcerting telepathic gifts to help others and heal herself in this satisfying adventure. (Paranormal adventure. 11-14)"
After moving to a rural Australian town, Sasha's unwelcome premonitions lead her to solve a string of art thefts while tackling her own issues. Read full book review >

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WISH YOU WERE HERE by Catherine Clark
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"This lighthearted journey of self-discovery accompanied by a romance that can only be found by two people looking to make the best of a bad situation will entice fans of humor and chick-lit. (Fiction. YA)"
After the worst year of Ariel's life, in which her father's gambling compulsion costs Ariel both her college fund and her social standing at school, the last thing she wants to do is go on a road trip with her inescapably nerdy mother, her way-too-mature-for-13 sister and her mother's relatives. Read full book review >

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MEANICURES by Catherine Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Even with a faulty plot, however, the story is resolved in an upbeat way: Madison accepts that her old friendships may never be the same, and once she does this, she and her friends are able to focus on being their best selves. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Seventh grader Madison is amazed by the meanness of the mean-girl clique, especially since their leader is her ex-BFF. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Not your typical chef's memoir, for sure, but more a litany of problems than a satisfying appraisal of either a life or a profession."
Clark mixes kitchen gossip with single-parent guilt and tops it with a smattering of recipes. Read full book review >