Search Results: "Cris Beam"


BOOK REVIEW

I AM J by Cris Beam
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"It was just good and bad and interesting and fucked-up and very human, like anything else.' (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Finally, a book about a transgender teen that gives its central character a life in which gender and transition matter but do not define his existence! Read full book review >

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TO THE END OF JUNE by Cris Beam
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"An engrossing, well-researched examination of important social issues."
Journalist Beam examines what is needed to improve the way we care for troubled families and children. Read full book review >

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A BEAM OF LIGHT by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Montalbano's 19th outing has a more melancholy tone than his previous cases (Game of Mirrors, 2015, etc.) but also boasts a nifty, twisty mystery at its core."
A full plate of unsolved crimes is not enough to prevent a veteran Sicilian police inspector from flirting with disaster. Read full book review >

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BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY by Michael Guinzburg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"Crack City'' is well-observed, but these elements can't support an ultimately slight tale."
Fast-moving, extremely broad satire of 12-Step programs and New York's downtown drug scene; glimmers of cleverness are lost amidst over-the-top violence and constant recourse to the ``silly name'' school of humor. Read full book review >

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ON A BEAM OF LIGHT by Gene Brewer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2001

"Will you wonder if the very smart prot is real when you finish? Only if you're as young as Drew Barrymore in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial."
Brewer brings back the 357-year-old visitor from another planet who first appeared in his debut novel, K-Pax (1995). Read full book review >

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ON A BEAM OF LIGHT by Jennifer Berne
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"For today's curious children, this intriguing and accessible blend of words and pictures will provide a splendid introduction to a man who never stopped questioning. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A boy who asked too many questions becomes iconic physicist Albert Einstein, whose questions changed the world. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 28, 1962

"For our part, devotedly, we read on."
These two long short stories have previously appeared in the New Yorker and both deal with the eldest child and most outstanding member of the remarkable Glass family — Seymour Glass. Read full book review >

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CAN YOU SPELL REVOLUTION? by Matt Beam
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Though the narrative is mediocre, the theme of peaceful conflict resolution is important in today's acrimonious environment. (Fiction. 12-14)"
The mission: Depose the principal without divisions among friends. Read full book review >

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GETTING TO FIRST BASE WITH DANALDA CHASE by Matt Beam
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Using baseball terms as his chapter headings, followed by definitions, Beam has managed to write a story that is fresh, funny and appealing to lovers and lovers of baseball, both male and female. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Using baseball as a guide for dating, Beam, in his U.S. debut, hits a grand-slam. Read full book review >

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THE FEUD by Alex Beam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A well-researched account of a literary dust-up marred by superficial writing."
A former Moscow correspondent chronicles one of the most famous literary spats of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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LAST DECEMBER by Matt Beam
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"As readers begin to realize the novel might be an extended suicide note, they will be captivated by Steven's journey to find meaning in a universe where only god with a small g is behind it all. (Fiction. YA)"
Even though he thinks the universe is crazy, aimless and chaotic, 15-year-old Steven is composing a letter to his yet-unborn sister Sam, so when she reads it, she'll see, in chronological order, all of the connections and causes and effects in his life. Read full book review >

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FORMER VIRGIN by Cris Mazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Mazza's talent can be striking when she chooses to exercise it."
A third collection from the ``postfeminist'' author whose previous works (Dog People, 1997, etc.) have established her as one of the quirkier voices on the scene today. Read full book review >