Search Results: "David Johnston"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1995

"This suspenseful book, based on interviews with key players, including Ames himself, lends powerful ammunition to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's argument that the CIA has seen its day and should be abolished. (Author tour)"
An eye-widening look inside one of America's most notorious spy cases. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A sobering, if episodic, case against an unproductive enterprise whose social costs are both steep and far-reaching. (Thirty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A haphazard, albeit generally effective, exposÇ of the decidedly dubious blessings that commercial gambling confers upon host communities and the body politic. Read full book review >

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FIRST GRADE, HERE I COME! by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2015

"Skip. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A redheaded boy imagines the fun he will have in first grade if he just has five friends to share it with. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Voters ready to pull the trigger one way or another probably won't be swayed by these revelations, but they are highly damning indeed."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes aim at his longtime bête noire, "a modern P.T. Barnum selling tickets to a modern variation of the Feejee Mermaid." Read full book review >

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE
by Leila Roy

I didn’t used to overthink my choices quite so much. Then someone made what I’ve always been told is a very important choice for me, and now I tend to overthink everything else.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear, by E. K. Johnston

It’s the beginning of Hermione Winters’ senior year in high school, and she and her best friend ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE CIRCLE BROKEN by Richard Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2010

"An entertaining, informative account of the beginnings of European settlement in North America."
New novel by retired education professor Johnston explores the competing claims of love, commerce and religion in 17th-century Canada. Read full book review >

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BALTIMORE'S MANSION by Wayne Johnston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2000

"Johnston is a master of understatement wringing honest nostalgic emotion from simple declarative sentences. Here he offers a rich display of the rhetorical skills and heartfelt cultural recall that make his novels so enchanting and rewarding."
A beguiling combination of family history and autobiography, this first nonfiction work from Ontario novelist Johnston (The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, 1999) forms a revealing appendage to his own fictional works. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 1997

"Still, a frightening look into what happens when pop psychology is mistaken for therapy, and when the dubious fruits of that therapy are mistaken for truth. (Author tour)"
An utterly captivating story of wine, wealth, and a family destroyed by accusations of incest. Read full book review >

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HUMAN AMUSEMENTS by Wayne Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2004

"A bit overlong, but, still, another beguiling display of the varied wares of one of the most entertaining and likable of contemporary writers."
A comic coming-of-age story with a pronounced sting in its tail: the Canadian author's fourth novel, first published in 1994 immediately preceding his international success,The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

’80 by Whit Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Clear candid shots that suck you in."
Charming short debut about a girl photog in Manhattan in 1980 and the scenes she covers. Read full book review >

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SKELETON BLUES by Paul Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"The plot, which is even more labyrinthine than usual, will challenge the ingenuity, not to say the memory, of the staunchest readers. But Johnston's nightmarish Edinburgh is so densely imagined that it'll linger in the memory long after the plot is forgotten."
Beneath the skin of Johnston's seventh dystopian whodunit is the threat of a revolution so virulent it could bring the whole series to an end. Read full book review >

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TRUE NORTH by Fred Johnston
Released: March 19, 1998

"The —bungled life— of Howard's troubled lexicographer makes for an entertaining poem—compensating for its lack of narrative drive with simple psychic truths."
The author of three previous books of poetry and a study of Irish writing, this Alfred University professor turns to Ireland again as the scene for this verse novella, a long psychological portrait of its narrator, a middle-aged American lexicographer who heads to Ireland during WW II in order to sort out his recent divorce. Read full book review >