Search Results: "Dirk Hayhurst"


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BIGGER THAN THE GAME by Dirk Hayhurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"A flawed yet unique, personal story of an athlete's anguish at the end of his career."
A revealing yet occasionally tedious, seasonlong account of a major league pitcher on the outs. Read full book review >

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OUT OF MY LEAGUE by Dirk Hayhurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2012

"Extraordinary experiences rendered in mostly ordinary prose."
The journeyman pitcher/author of The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran (2010) returns with an account of his struggles to reach and succeed in the Major Leagues—and to find true love. Read full book review >

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THE RED QUEEN by Dirk Draulens
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"Poorly structured as fiction, but a riveting read nonetheless."
Dystopian first novel, a bestseller in Holland and Belgium, from a popular Dutch writer of nonfiction. Read full book review >

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PHARMAKON by Dirk Wittenborn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2008

"While the novel as a whole is a bit unfocused, the first part is a compulsive read and even after the narrative shifts to a dysfunctional family dynamic, Wittenborn holds the reader by examining Friedrich as a complex and sometimes monstrous paterfamilias."
A novel of psychopharmacological experimentation, revenge and family tragedy. Read full book review >

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FIERCE PEOPLE by Dirk Wittenborn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Not nearly as ambitious as its marketing suggests."
Wittenborn (Zoe, 1983, not reviewed) attempts a comeback with a stab at an updated Huck Finn. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2009

"Insights into addiction that are wise, generous and humble."
Science reporter Hanson presents a savvy, big-hearted exploration of the latest investigations into addiction science. Read full book review >

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PERISHABLE by Dirk Jamison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 30, 2006

"Recollections in a fresh voice—with sharp teeth."
Journalist and filmmaker Jamison offers a wicked, wonderfully crafted memoir about growing up in California and Oregon amid a nutty, unlovely clan. Read full book review >

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CURTAIN UP! by Dirk McLean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"The Kids' Book of Acting and Stagecraft (2002) or Thomas Schumacher and Jeff Kurtti's How Does the Show Go On (2007). (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a generic but encouraging way, McLean and Brassard take an aspiring (fictional) child actor named Amaya through typical stages from early auditions and rehearsals for a plainly low-budget professional stage production to Opening Night and subsequent rave reviews. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Some ideas worth considering, though Eldredge's rhetoric can leave a bitter aftertaste."
A slender work that examines US immigration policies and offers suggestions on reducing legal and illegal immigration. Read full book review >

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HAVANA STORM by Clive Cussler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Another super Cussler fun read fit for a lazy weekend."
In a quest connecting Aztecs, the Spanish-American War and boatloads of modern villains, Cussler pater et filius (Poseidon's Arrow, 2012, etc.) chronicle another adventure of the venerable Dirk Pitt, chief of the National Underwater and Marine Agency. Read full book review >

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CURSE OF THE SQUIRREL by Laurence Yep
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 12, 1987

"This is neither as scary nor as funny as it sets out to be, and its short sentences result in an annoyingly choppy style."
Another in the new Stepping Stone series: a disappointing contribution from a noted chronicler, for older children, of the Chinese. Read full book review >

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POSEIDON'S ARROW by Clive Cussler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Ranging from Panama and Mexico to Idaho and Washington, D.C., this book is constantly on the move—one reason it avoids dull spots so well."
The United States is on the brink of approving the fastest, most powerful attack submarine ever when its designer is killed and his plans are stolen. In his efforts to recover a crucial piece of the prototype, superseaman Dirk Pitt faces a series of violent encounters on land and water. Read full book review >