Search Results: "David James Poissant"


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THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS by David James Poissant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2014

"Rueful and kind, akin to both Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver in humane spirit and technical mastery."
The much-anthologized Poissant justifies his status as a favorite of the literary quarterlies with this debut collection of unsparing yet warmly empathetic stories. Read full book review >

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A NOT SO MODEL HOME by David James
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Once again, James (Three Bedrooms, Two Baths, and One Very Dead Corpse, 2010) charms with characters that are bursting with, well, character. Just be aware that this is one title that's NSFW (Not Safe for Work)."
A realtor turns reality star in a comedy caper where fans may end up rooting for the killer. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"His amateur pop-psychological analyses of the killers' family lives aside, Smith, a solid writer and an excellent reporter (he writes for Esquire), makes this horrendous story almost readable. (Photos, not seen)"
This intricate re-creation of the February 1993 murder of three-year-old James Bulger by two 10-year-old boys in Bottle, England, is ugly, painful reading. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"His insistence on a utopian vision contained in these odd lives is, well, a bit eccentric. (Author tour)"
A neuropsychologist works hard to build an authoritative definition of eccentricity. Read full book review >

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BEFORE THE CRADLE FALLS by James F. David
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Paranormal, shmaranormal, what David (Ship of the Damned, 2000, etc.) still can't get the hang of are those storytelling demons of plotting, pacing, and people."
The blue man chases Cradle Robber while police hunt both: a cop novel more like a comic book than is good for it. Read full book review >

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YOUNG MANDELA by David James Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2010

"Smith vivifies the personalities and marshals the revolutionary events without overwhelming the reader."
A biography shepherded by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and written by an English journalist attains distance from and clarity on the life of the near-sainted South African leader. Read full book review >

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FOOTPRINTS OF THUNDER by James F. David
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A clever premise, but overlong and overcomplicated."
Jurassic Park gets bent through the theory of relativity in this ample first effort from Oregonian David: a time-wave fractures the laws of physics, transporting dinosaurs into the present and deranging the lives of a cast of dozens. Read full book review >

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RAGE TO SURVIVE by Etta James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Not exactly an uplifting story, but plenty of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll to keep the fans happy. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A better-than-average up-from-the-ghetto, as-told-to life story by the R&B diva. Read full book review >

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The Last Projector by David James Keaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"A loopy, appealing mix of popular culture and thoroughly crazy people."
Keaton (Pig Iron, 2015, etc.) delivers a free-wheeling novel about a porn director, two obsessive young lovers, and a host of other misfit characters. Read full book review >

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THE BROTHERS K by David James Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1992

"Unfortunately losing focus as it tracks family members around the world to Vietnam and British Columbia as well as rural India, this epic story is still marvelously detailed and poignant, and a garden of delights for baseball lovers."
Another quintessentially American saga from Oregon writer Duncan, moving from the metaphysics of fishing in his first novel (The River Why, 1983) to an exploration here of bush-league baseball and the perils of Seventh-Day Adventism during the Vietnam era. Read full book review >

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THUNDER OF TIME by James F. David
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 4, 2006

"Two-thirds of a pretty good adventure story, but the rest will wear you out."
The dinosaurs are coming, the dinosaurs are coming—and so is the kitchen sink. Read full book review >

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RIVER TEETH by David James Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

Well-crafted vignettes and slightly overblown stories combine in a first collection from the much-praised author of The River Why (1982) and The Brothers K (1992). Read full book review >