Search Results: "Cris Beam"


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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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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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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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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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ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The author's enthusiasm for her subject will communicate itself to readers, even those who never dreamed they'd be interested, making this the best kind of discovery. (time line, notes, bibliography, suggested reading, places to visit, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
The history of colonial-era North America is usually presented to children in terms of settlement—think Jamestown and Plymouth—but this treatment too often ignores the fascinating development and expansion of the fur trade that drove much of the European interest in the continent. Read full book review >

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NEECEY’S LULLABY by Cris Burks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2006

"Painfully earnest and overheated."
The sorrows seem endless in this novel, which tracks a generation of abuse, loss and self-destruction within a black family living on Chicago's south side. Read full book review >

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THE AMERICANS ARE COMING! by Alex Beam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 1991

"A mildly entertaining muddle that often relies too much on exaggeration, Mad magazine-fashion, to score its points about Russians and Americans."
Beam (Fellow Travelers, 1987) gets some rather obvious satirical mileage—but not many laughs—out of his second novel, this one about selling the American Way in a dusty corner of conquered Russia. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2008

"An engaging personal examination of a phenomenon that merits more scholarly attention."
Boston Globe columnist Beam (Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America's Premier Mental Hospital, 2001, etc.) takes a witty look at the publishing program that aimed to bring high culture to the masses…or at least the aspiring middle class. Read full book review >

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YOUR NAME HERE:_________ by Cris Mazza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"A few well-crafted and moving moments, then, but ultimately tedious and grating."
From the author of Exposed (1994), etc.: another tense, slightly out-of-focus personal drama, but this one runs on too long, its effect dissipated by its own relentless intensity. Read full book review >

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WATERBABY by Cris Mazza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 2007

"Although Mazza almost drowns her novel in detail and alternative story lines that don't quite go anywhere, the overall result packs a lingering wallop."
From the ambitious Mazza (Girl Beside Him, 2001, etc.), an overstuffed novel about an emotionally paralyzed woman who finds herself living out a ghost story on the coast of Maine. Read full book review >

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EXPOSED by Cris Mazza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1994

"A disappointing effort from a writer with an abundance of talent but, in this case, a lack of direction."
The author of a previous novel (How to Leave a Country, 1992) and several collections of ambiguous short stories creates a nightmarish chain of events with no resolution. Read full book review >

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HOW TO LEAVE A COUNTRY by Cris Mazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Wry and compelling, overall, but mannered, even tricky—more the work of a short-story writer in the process of becoming a novelist than of a novelist who has hit her stride."
Mazza's first novel (after two collections, Is it Sexual Harassment Yet?, Animal Acts): a clever, experimental fiction that's very good at capturing the everyday absurdity of cockeyed conversations between odd people trying on ideas or experiences for size, but that ends with a narcissistic whimper instead of a bang. Read full book review >