Search Results: "D. James Smith"


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MY BROTHER’S PASSION by D. James Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A dreamlike portrait done with a masterfully light hand: Smith (the YA novel Fast Company) moves us without crossing over into melodrama or the sentimental."
A lyrical novel of rural California about a young Vietnam vet's tragic unrequited love for a local girl. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Full of homespun philosophy and advice, this leisurely told tale may appeal to readers who have enjoyed the work of Brian Doyle. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grader Paolo describes what happens when his ten-year-old cousin Billy falls in love with Veronica, a Chinese-American girl, against community mores in central California in 1951. Read full book review >

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FAST COMPANY by D. James Smith
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The passages of remarkably poised, fluid writing make Smith's debut, despite its disheartening message, unusually strong. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A depressing, downbeat tale that attempts to make sense of the lives of some highly dysfunctional, unlikable people, but never quite succeeds. Read full book review >

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THE BOYS OF SAN JOAQUIN by D. James Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Set in the early 1950s, this upbeat tale offers a strong sense of place, plenty of growing-up and enough spirited characters to justify Paolo's opening, enticingly annotated, cast of characters. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Smith invites readers to travel an even Longer Way from Chicago with this summertime, old-time, small-town slice-of-life, as viewed by a hilariously matter-of-fact young resident. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Engaging light reading, but not world class. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Paolo is not ready for a real job or a girlfriend but he gets both—a paper route, shared with his brother and cousin, and romance, when his friend Theresa volunteers to help him look for the dog-napped family pet. Read full book review >

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Silent Source by James Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"A promising thriller that ably handles its medical mysteries but lags in its narrative structure and character development."
In Smith's debut mystery, a former scientist investigates a string of mysterious deaths occurring across Atlanta. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"A competent history of WMDs combined with a captivating account of books and films that predicted their discovery—and then got it all wrong."
This massive but lively history of 20th-century superweapons and the media that exploited them contains no identifiable Doctor Strangelove but plenty of interesting characters. Read full book review >

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The Somerset Ball by Mikel D. Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A sentimental memoir that will particularly appeal to those familiar with the 1970 Paducah Tilghman high school baseball team."
A nostalgic history of a small-town high school baseball team. Read full book review >

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Salvation Elucidated by James D. Wilmes
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 2014

"A scholarly yet accessible guide to Christian redemption of souls."
Wilmes' passionate, absorbing debut explores soteriology, "the study of the phenomenon of salvation." Read full book review >