Search Results: "Donna Gruber Adair"


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AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY by Donna Gruber Adair
Released: June 17, 2011

"With 2011 marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, Adair's novel is a fitting, rousing tribute to the courage of ordinary families who made extraordinary sacrifices."
A captivating generational tale of one family's pioneering travels during America's 19th-century westward expansion. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"A woman to admire, with a remarkable story that's undercut by lackluster prose and a tendency to deal superficially with the darker side of times past."
Full of record accomplishments—youngest Ph.D. in Germany, first American correspondent to travel to the Soviet Arctic—this memoir of her 1920's and 30's by veteran journalist Gruber (Rescue, 1987, etc.) is high on action but low on analysis. Read full book review >

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WHITE HEAT by Cherry Adair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2007

"A predictable love story."
Pheromones—of the hate him, love him, hate him, live happily ever after variety—cloud the heroine's judgment in Adair's (Edge of Darkness, 2006, etc.) latest romantic suspense novel. Read full book review >

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THE WITCH’S BOY by Michael Gruber
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 2005

"One of the least sympathetic characters readers will ever meet in literature, Lump is going to make many a teen, preteen or for that matter, parent uncomfortable—and there's plenty of grist for fans of Donna Jo Napoli's fairy tale psychodramas, too. (Fantasy. 12+)"
Threading recognizable but artfully altered fairy tales throughout, Gruber crafts a hefty bildungsroman that takes an ugly foundling child from dour innocence through an utterly hellish adolescence to joyful maturity. Read full book review >

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THOMAS ALVA EDISON by Gene Adair
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1996

"This foray into the workshops of a gifted and prolific inventor is fascinating. (b&w photos, reproductions, diagrams, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12+)"
The latest entry in the Oxford Portraits in Science series chronicles the life of ``the wizard of Menlo Park'' from his beginnings as a budding telegrapher and troublemaker, through his major inventions, and up to his death in 1931, a wealthy, self-made American hero. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

An offbeat, engaging footnote to a standard-bearer of "gay literature, of what might whimsically be defined as ‘homotextuality.' " When Thomas Mann laid eyes on the seraphic Wladyslaw Moes, a young aristocratic Pole vacationing in Venice, it was as though this vision of youth—"this sailor-suited ephebe," writes novelist Adair (Love and Death on Long Island, not reviewed, etc.)—delivered intact the entire narrative of Death in Venice to Mann. Read full book review >

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TROPIC OF NIGHT by Michael Gruber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2003

"Monstrously entertaining."
An aristocratic anthropologist's field leads out of academia and into African "magic." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2001

"An honest, moving account of family life gone haywire."
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Lara turns to memoir. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD SON by Michael Gruber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2010

"Smart, tense and vastly entertaining."
A son reconnects with his past as he goes to astonishing lengths to save his mother from the radicals who have kidnapped her. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN by Michael Gruber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Thrilling and compulsively readable."
After being diagnosed with a fatal brain condition, a seemingly mild-mannered New York book editor heads to Mexico for a violent confrontation with his past. Read full book review >

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VALLEY OF THE BONES by Michael Gruber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"No second-novel slump here. Gruber has drawn even with John Sandford and has power to spare."
Afro-Cuban Miami detective Iago Paz, policeman, chef, and heartthrob hero of Gruber's superb 2003 debut (Tropic of Night), returns to sort out the defenestration of a spectacularly nasty Sudanese petro-thug. Read full book review >