Search Results: "Donald Bain"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"What starts as a pedestrian accident ends up as pedestrian storytelling that not even a CIA-sponsored, hypnotically induced, politically motivated murder can jazz up."
Bain, longtime ghostwriter to TV sleuth Jessica Fletcher (Murder, She Wrote: Domestic Malice, 2012, etc.), emerges from the shadows to tell how the hit-and-run murder of a D.C. psychiatrist leads a clinical psychologist to a vast CIA-funded brainwashing project in this Margaret Truman Capital Crimes novel. Read full book review >

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MADISON AVENUE SHOOT by Jessica Fletcher
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2009

"Yet another in the long-running series (Murder She Wrote: A Slaying in Savannah, 2008, etc.) based on the equally long-running TV program. Reliable light reading for TV-deprived fans."
The fictional mystery writer who's allegedly co-authored this title finds her zillionth body. Read full book review >

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WHAT THE BEST COLLEGE STUDENTS DO by Ken Bain
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 27, 2012

"A soundly encouraging guide for college students to think deeply and for as long as it takes."
Bain (History and Academic Affairs/Univ. of the District of Columbia; What the Best College Teachers Do, 2004, etc.) taps into the experiences of dynamic, innovative individuals to tease out how their college experience shaped them. Read full book review >

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THE DISAPPEARANCES by Emily Bain Murphy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 4, 2017

"While there are a few snags in the storytelling, overall, a story bursting with color and originality. (Historical suspense. 12-18)"
At the center of Murphy's debut novel is a small town shrouded in mystery. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Empire Express is a brilliant work, a stunning fusion of splendid scholarship and graceful writing. (16 pages of maps and photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club, History Book Club)"
A compelling, comprehensive account of one of history's greatest construction projects. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Like the expedition itself, a work of stringent epistemological curiosity and research."
An intriguing, thorough study of a little-known scientific expedition to the Dead Sea by a mid-19th-century U.S. Navy lieutenant. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2004

"In this regard, Bain offers useful footnotes to points raised by New Western historians such as Patricia Nelson Limerick and Richard White. Otherwise, not much more than a slide show for those who were there."
A slide show of a family trip west, with learned captions. Read full book review >

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NIGHT AT THE FAIR by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"This evocative book could be paired to nice effect with Elisha Cooper's sunny Country Fair (1997). (Picture book. 3-8)"
Crews (Shortcut, 1992, etc.) uses, to great effect, the contrast of the night sky and the gaudy lights of typical fair amusements in his picture book of very few words but very kinetic images. Read full book review >

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BIGMAMA'S by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"A grand alternative to the plethora of predictable books about white kids visiting grandparents on stereotypical family farms. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Beginning with the ride on the old Southern Railway car ("colored" says the sign on the wall), the sights, sounds, and warm delights of a summer visit to Grandma in Crews's own childhood—a three-day trip from somewhere up north. Read full book review >

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THE COCKROACHES OF STAY MORE by Donald Harington
Released: March 10, 1989

Harington (The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1975) returns to the fictional town of Stay More, this time to spin an exotic, amusing tale about a colony of cockroaches who talk in hillbilly dialect. Read full book review >