Search Results: "Crocker Stephenson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1993

"Stephenson intelligently pieces together autopsy and police reports, newspaper accounts, and court testimony to tell his grisly and creepy, but irresistible, story. (Thirty b&w photographs—not seen)"
Using what he calls ``novelistic strategies,'' Milwaukee Sentinel reporter Stephenson vividly recounts events surrounding the July 4, 1987, murder of five members of the bizarre Kunz family of northern Wisconsin. Read full book review >

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THE TALE OF THE SWAMP RAT by Carter Crocker
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Despite a contrived climax, readers may enjoy Crocker's low-key brand of humor and non-preachy philosophizing. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Like its drought-stricken Florida swamp setting, there is a steady but sluggish flow to this folksy, philosophical debut that may lose less patient readers, but those who stick with it may hear echoes of both Wind in the Willows and The Jungle Book. Read full book review >

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THE OLD LIMEY by III Crocker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"Silly, but not funny, and poorly plotted to boot."
A retired, reactionary British brigadier general searches L.A. for his missing goddaughter in this lugubrious would-be farce, a first novel from the author of Robert E. Lee on Leadership (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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FINDING JACK by Gareth Crocker
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A predictable plot with a sentimental streak a mile wide."
Soldier finds dog. Soldier loses dog. Soldier finds dog. Read full book review >

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LAST OF THE GULLIVERS by Carter Crocker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"Fast-paced action, a sympathetic main character and appealing alternate reality combine here for a kid-friendly introduction to a classic. (Magical adventure. 10-14)"
Young readers won't need to have read Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels to enjoy this fantasy about a contemporary kid who comes across a village of Lilliputians by accident. Read full book review >

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BILLIE STANDISH WAS HERE by Nancy Crocker
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2007

"Set in the late 1960s and early '70s, this tender, touching account of intergenerational friendship provides rich historical context for two memorable female characters who redefine the meaning of family and love. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A lonely girl in rural Missouri develops a friendship with her elderly neighbor that transforms her life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An absorbing tale of the profundity of the human-chimp bond and how it can inform interactions among humans."
The story of how a doctor's experiences with wild chimpanzees influenced his work with his human patients. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE by Terri Blom Crocker
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"The style is traditional, even stodgy, while the discoveries may be revolutionary in World War I historiography."
A doctoral candidate and senior paralegal debuts with a sharp look at the so-called "Christmas truce" of 1914, discovering that distortion has colored many accounts of it—and of World War I itself. Read full book review >

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BRAVEMOUTH by Pamela Stephenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"More fan fodder, enlivened by Billy's witty observations."
Further incisive revelations distinguish actress-turned-psychologist Stephenson's follow-up to her perceptive biography of husband Connolly (Billy, 2002), a noted Scottish comedian and actor. Read full book review >

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CRYPTONOMICON by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1999

Stephenson's prodigious new yarn (after The Diamond Age, 1995, etc.) whirls from WWII cryptography and top-secret bullion shipments to a present-day quest by computer whizzes to build a data haven amid corporate shark-infested waters, by way of multiple present-tense narratives overlaid with creeping paranoia. Read full book review >

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THE CONFUSION by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2004

"Packed with more derring-do than a dozen pirate films and with smarter, sparklier dialogue than a handful of Pulitzer winners, this is run-and-gun adventure fiction of the most literate kind."
Stephenson's Baroque Cycle grows streamlined in a hefty but propulsive second volume. Read full book review >