Search Results: "Darin Strauss"


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CHANG AND ENG by Darin Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2000

"Admirably researched, continuously absorbing, and very moving indeed."
An imposingly original first novel that focuses on unique historical figures: the eponymous Siamese twin brothers (1811-74) who endured opprobrium and despair, became international celebrities, married two American sisters, and fathered 21 children between them. Read full book review >

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THE REAL MCCOY by Darin Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2002

"Not as good as Chang and Eng, then, but not bad at all. Strauss remains one of the most interesting and promising of younger American novelists."
There's ample entertainment value in this rather desperately inventive second historical novel by the author of the highly praised debut tale Chang and Eng (2000). Read full book review >

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HALF A LIFE by Darin Strauss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2010

"Genuinely remorseful and heartfelt, yet strangely unremarkable."
Redress and atonement mar a boy's adolescence after the accidental death of a classmate. Read full book review >

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MORE THAN IT HURTS YOU by Darin Strauss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"This unpleasant medical mystery cum courtroom drama cum mother-from-hell novel relies on a flat third-person narrator who reports events rather than animating them."
Strauss (The Real McCoy, 2003, etc.) departs from writing historically based novels with this contemporary family drama about a suspicion of child abuse. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 29, 2016

"A vivid, useful guide to setting, achieving, and maintaining lifetime goals.
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A debut self-improvement manual provides illustrations of common wisdom as well as uncommon tips for attaining success. Read full book review >

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COUPLES, PASSERSBY by Botho Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"To paraphrase Dorothy Parker: I'd sooner clean and paint the house Than read a book by Botho Strauss."
Another gathering of elliptical vignettes and ponderous philosophizing from the ostensibly controversial German author (Devotion, 1979; The Young Man, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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THE JOY OF FUNERALS by Alix Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"A snappy idea buried by verveless writing."
Novel-in-stories about morbidly lonely thirtysomething women who find comfort in mortuaries. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"Strauss sharpens our image of three brilliant commanders and makes military history great fun."
Military historian Strauss (The Spartacus War, 2009, etc.) cleverly exposes the characters of three legendary leaders through the five stages of war: attack, resistance, clash, closing the net and knowing when to stop. Read full book review >

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My Five Stones by Susan Darin Pohl
Released: April 22, 2013

"A spiritual journey told by a thoughtful, questioning author who has experienced worldly success."
California management consultant and minister Susan Daris Pohl writes her first book, a spiritual memoir. Read full book review >

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COLOR SONG by Victoria Strauss
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"This combination of page-ripping plot and insight into the creative process is as rare and luminous as the color Strauss imagines. (Historical fantasy. 11 & up)"
A young novice escapes the confines of the convent to risk it all for her art. Read full book review >

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DANCING IN THE DARK by Bob Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2013

"A colorful story of relationships and how they change their participants' perspectives on love."
A renowned psychotherapist helps people find paths back to love and begins to search for his own fulfillment in this debut novel. Read full book review >