Search Results: "Devin McKinney"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"In rich, lyrical prose, McKinney deftly honors both the man and the mystery."
The story of a great American actor whose art was burnished by an anguished life. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON’S PEARL by Devin Jordan
ADVENTURE
Released: July 7, 2009

"Readers who want a quest for a lost father set in a magical ancient China should be directed to Cindy Pon's Silver Phoenix (2009) instead; save this one for a slow day. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
When 16-year-old Marco Polo's father vanishes, Marco and his friends set off on a rescue mission that takes them from the everyday world to the magical "wild and untamed" Unknown Lands beyond the Insurmountable Mountains. Read full book review >

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YODA by Beth Stern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Proceeds go to the North Shore Animal League America, which is probably the best thing that can be said about this well-meaning but unsuccessful story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A Persian cat adopted from a shelter becomes "foster papa" to four rowdy kittens in celebrity author Stern's sentimental tale. Read full book review >

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BABY DUCK’S NEW FRIEND by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Like all better 'leaving the nest' tales for very young readers, this carries the reassuring message that, yes, the wide world can be dangerous as well as exciting, but you can go home again. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Hard as it may be to imagine, a rubber ducky becomes a dangerous companion in this father-son collaboration. Read full book review >

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DARIUS IN THE MEANTIME by Devin O'Shea
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An accomplished and affecting debut."
A college grad struggles haplessly to define himself in this comic coming-of-age story. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Blending sensual fantasy and the supernatural, this vampire saga takes a welcome turn."
A surprising twist on the vampire trend. Read full book review >

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THE BOAT RUNNER by Devin Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Murphy's debut novel is a purposely limited view of war, as was The Red Badge of Courage, but strong characters and compelling narrative convey the impact well beyond one family. An impressive debut."
An ambitious coming-of-age story centered on a Dutch family dealing with personal tragedy and the German occupation during World War II. Read full book review >

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FAIR IS THE ROSE by Meagan McKinney
Released: May 1, 1993

"The early chapters of Christabel in captivity hold some titillation, but finally the plot contrivances leave one feeling more manipulated than swept along by the romance."
Historical-romancer McKinney sets her sixth novel—but first hardcover—on the Western frontier circa 1875. Read full book review >

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GENTLE FROM THE NIGHT by Meagan McKinney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"But once the dam broke into madness, there was no bucket large enough to put the water back''), in a work often bordering on camp."
McKinney (A Man to Slay Dragons, 1995, etc.) writes an old-fashioned gothic to which she adds a little S&M. On the bleak and misty Yorkshire moors lies the ancestral home of the Newells, Cairncross Castle, looking ``like a gargoyle crouched by the sea.'' It is here that Alexandra Benjamin comes to help and work with a 30-year-old man with the mind of a child. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Valuable and ready for immediate use."
In this bright, informative debut, McKinney, chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard's Personal Systems Group, writes that anyone can become an "idea person," given the right approach and a willingness to work hard. Read full book review >

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NEITHER SNOW NOR RAIN by Devin Leonard
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2016

"A spirited look at the business and impact of delivering mail."
How America got mail. Read full book review >

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BRIGHT LINES by Jane Devin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2014

"A strong first novel from an author with potential."
Devin (Elephant Girl, 2011) offers a story of a kindhearted man who struggles throughout his life with the weaknesses and selfishness of others. Read full book review >