Search Results: "Dean Starkman"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"As fair and balanced as a solar-plexus punch can be."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist summarizes and analyzes the reasons the press, prior to the 2008 mortgage crisis, failed to pursue some obvious villains. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"Starkman's self-focus diminishes the struggles of thousands of other families trying to reconcile responsibilities to aging parents and growing children without strangling the creativity of the middle years."
A curious compendium of self-oriented reflections on the four years Starkman helped care for her mother-in-law. Read full book review >

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POISON by Neal Starkman
Released: Dec. 24, 2011

"An inventive farce waylaid by excessive absurdity and a sprawling cast."
Starkman's (Great Places to Learn, 2006, etc.) debut novel features a postal carrier named Cleve and a coterie of eccentric neighbors who attempt to solve a series of bizarre local mysteries. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ONE-OH by Dean Pitchford
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"For those who want to be grossed out and especially for reluctant readers, this succeeds brilliantly. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Charley is about to turn the big one-oh and wants to have a birthday party in celebration. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN CHINA RED by Dean Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2002

"But despite repeated flashbacks to scenes of his hero's Beijing torture, is as flimsy as the paper target in a shooting gallery."
After pretty Judy Fisher thumbs through her sleeping john's credit cards, she heads for the shower—and steps out to find there are two more guests, uninvited and armed, in Room 1204 of the toney Palace Hotel. Read full book review >

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MOGUL by Terrance Dean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2011

"Taboo-busting portrait of a hidden world behind the music."
Is the hip-hop community ready for an openly gay producer? Read full book review >

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PALACE CIRCLE by Rebecca Dean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2009

"Cataclysmic world and family crises entertainingly refracted through a prism of privilege."
A Southern ingénue turned English viscountess and her daughters weather court intrigue, political unrest, illicit romance and the perils of two world wars in Dean's breathlessly plotted debut. Read full book review >

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THE MIRRORED WORLD by Debra Dean
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"The novel follows the factual particulars, but Dasha's narration remains at such a formal remove that readers never experience what makes Xenia tick as a saint or a woman."
From Dean (Confessions of a Falling Woman, 2008, etc.), a lightly fictionalized retelling of the life of the Eastern Orthodox St. Xenia, who left her comfortable home in 18th-century Russia to live as a "holy fool" among the poor. Read full book review >

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ULTRAMARATHON MAN by Dean Karnazes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2005

"Charming and surprisingly quirky, providing the perfect escapist fantasy for couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike."
Extreme-endurance athlete Karnazes chronicles his running career. Read full book review >

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The Panther Mountain Conspiracy by Dean Hosmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A brisk but assertive tale, with plenty of spies, killers, and double-crossings to satiate readers."
In Hosmer's debut thriller, American and Canadian law enforcement agents search for a physicist whose disappearance may be related to a weapons system he's developing. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A CRITIC by Dean Fuller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 11, 1996

"Delap's murder gets solved, too."
Moments after his late arrival for the premiere of Eurydice, theatrical critic Virgile de la Pagerie (``Delap'' to his enemies, who are legion) collapses and dies of cyanide poisoning. Read full book review >

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VELOCITY by Dean Koontz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2005

"T.S. Eliot meets Charles Dickens in these pages (yes!), which only underscores that Koontz's brilliant plotting and paste characters never add up to the one Rapturously Memorable Work many expect from his dancing intelligence."
Companion to 1996's Intensity: a spiritedly deft set of plates kept twirling in the air as Koontz takes on himself all the weight of his speed-driven suspense. Read full book review >