Search Results: "Denis Boyles"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"A conversational, amusing, instructive look at a landscape too many Americans merely fly over or—if they think of it at all—misunderstand."
To the question posed by Thomas Frank's bestselling What's the Matter with Kansas? (2004), a journalist responds, much as the Emporia Gazette's William Allen White did in 1896: "Nothing under the shining sun." Read full book review >

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Released: June 28, 1991

"Vivid writing, well-chosen anecdotes, illuminating facts, and a special knack for finding and delineating memorable characters make this a treat for those who delight in the offbeat, always objective, and never pompous travel book."
Another splendidly keen-eyed and cant-free book from Boyles (African Lives, 1988), who takes the old travel chestnut—a journey by train in the wilds—and turns it into a tart but not unsympathetic commentary on East Africa, past and present. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2016

"A well-researched, brightly told history of the men and women who saved a great compendium of knowledge."
How grit and determination created an encyclopedia for the modern world. Read full book review >

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LITTLE PIG IS CAPABLE by Denis Roche
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 2002

"Goofy stills of straight-armed, skinny-legged Little Pig suffering his parents' silliness give his steady hand real appeal, rather than turning him into a party pooper. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Pig's parents are fusspots. Read full book review >

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"An appealing slice of fiction about growing pains and poverty."
An enthralling book that explores the depths of loyalty and life choices. Read full book review >

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RELIGION IN AMERICA by Denis Lacorne
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Forceful and intelligent."
French political scientist Lacorne offers rigorous insight from a continental European perspective on the often fraught and intimate relationship between religion and politics in the United States. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Promises to instigate a lively conversation about the origins and meaning of art, not only among the author's peers in academia, but also in the culture at large."
Pugnacious, witty and entertaining first book by prolific essayist and critic Dutton (Philosophy of Art/Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand), who founded the influential blog Arts & Letters Daily. Read full book review >

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NEONS by Denis Belloc
Released: May 15, 1991

"All of this is written in a terse hard-boiled manner straight out of a pulp novela style appropriate for a dispatch about a life from which all sweetness has been blanched out."
French writer Belloc's first novela slender evocation of a young homosexual hustler's life in 1960's Parisis minimalism to a fault: the stark tone here tends to keep the promiscuous episodes of sex and sexual violence from becoming too graphic. Read full book review >

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NOBODY MOVE by Denis Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2009

"There's some dirty fun here, but plenty of authors are better at this sort of novel."
After his award-winning Vietnam epic, Johnson takes a busman's holiday with this hard-boiled genre exercise. Read full book review >

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VIOLENCE 101 by Denis Wright
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Still, the author obviously knows his material and audience, and he's built in lots of potential to thrill even if readers have to flip pages to get to the better parts. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Military geniuses Alexander the Great, Charles Upham and Te Rauparaha are 14-year-old New Zealand inmate Hamish Graham's idols. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"An almost too judicious reappraisal of a workhorse outfit, redeemed in large measure by the heartfelt tributes it pays to those who did the fighting and dying. (photos, maps)"
A diligent, workmanlike account of the frequently overlooked (or deprecated) contributions to the Allied cause made by the UK's Bomber Command during WW II. Read full book review >

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TEN SPOT by Denis Hamill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2005

"Shopworn stuff overall."
New York Daily News columnist Hamil plunges p.i. Bobby Emmet into the lurid world of gangsta rap, where he encounters nonstop violence, gratuitous sex and other staples of trashy crime fiction. Read full book review >