Search Results: "E.J. Graff"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT IS MARRIAGE FOR? by E.J. Graff
NON-FICTION
Released: June 28, 1999

"Overall, she has produced a well-organized work of thoughtful popular history that displays considerable wit and verve, and that is in equal measure instructive and entertaining."
Why wed? As a financial investment? To have sex? To reproduce the species? To link two families together? This highly informative and enjoyable romp through the history of marriage in Western Europe and the United States looks at all these reasons and more. Read full book review >

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THE THING ABOUT GEORGIE by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"If a trifle earnest—every problem clearly presents an opportunity for Georgie to learn and grow—this is nonetheless a compelling portrayal of dwarfism, differences and growing up. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Georgie is a dwarf, and Andy, his best friend, doesn't seem to care. Read full book review >

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DOG DISH OF DOOM by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"The wry, feisty heroine is a welcome addition to Copperman's troupe. It's only to be hoped that he'll save some ink for his sleuthing mystery author or, especially, his autistic detective."
Copperman (Written Off, 2016, etc.) adds yet another franchise to his growing resume when he introduces Kay Powell, "Agent to the Paws." Read full book review >

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DOUBLE DOG DARE by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2012

"With two equally compelling protagonists to root for and plenty to make kids laugh, this is sure to resonate with and entertain young readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Media Club becomes "a place of battle" when the time comes to select a news anchor for the spring semester. Read full book review >

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WRITTEN OFF by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Despite its quirky premise, this new series debut from Copperman (The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband, 2015, etc.) doesn't make its fictional/real-life hero compelling enough to warrant the double dose he offers the reader."
A mystery writer is flummoxed by a hero who just doesn't know his place. Read full book review >

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THE MARILYN TAPES by E.J. Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Deliciously slick."
Mystery veteran Gorman (Blood Moon, p. 666, etc.) sprays hot lead from the hip in this punchy historical thriller about a wild race to claim the secret recordings of the Blondest Hollywood Babylonian. Read full book review >

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IMMACULATE IN BLACK by E.J. McGill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 16, 1991

"Redeemed only by its subplot: the grief-stricken Shermans coming to terms, at last, with the loss of their son some years before."
Logically inconsistent first novel featuring a bridge-playing husband-and-wife detective team, the Shermans, who, here, try to figure out what happened to naughty Shelly Egan in the seven minutes that elapsed between her panicky 911 call and her death by strangulation. Read full book review >

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THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE by Keir Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Fast-paced, anarchic fun for reluctant and avid readers alike. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With his father in Antarctica and his brothers enjoying adventurous summers elsewhere, Brian endures his in aptly named Boring, Illinois, beta testing Uncle Gary's educational software (Summer's Cool) alongside his unfriendly cousin, Nora, until a discovery in the woods changes everything. Read full book review >

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LOST IN THE SUN by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"Graff consistently demonstrates why character-driven novels can live from generation to generation, and here she offers a story that can survive for many school years to come. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When internal anger turns into outward rage, one middle school misfit must find a solution or risk ruining everything that matters. Read full book review >

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ABSOLUTELY ALMOST by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2014

"Achingly superb, Albie's story shines. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a tale about not being good enough, Graff introduces readers to a young hero who struggles to measure up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"Earnest in intent, but in logic wandering confusedly in the torn battlefields of academe."
Avoiding the explicit taking of sides in the academic war between ``radicals'' and ``conservatives,'' Graff (Humanities and English/Univ. of Chicago; Professing Literature, 1989, etc.—not reviewed) argues that everything in higher education will be fine- -in fact better than ever—if the great battle itself becomes what college students study. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 2011

"There's solid storytelling at work here—and quite a story to tell, too."
Action-filled, richly detailed portrait of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its new guise—charged not just with solving crimes already committed, but now with preventing at least some of them. Read full book review >