Search Results: "Earl Shorris"


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LATINOS by Earl Shorris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Wide-ranging, groundbreaking, opinionated, and very important."
Personal, impassioned overview of the fastest growing minority in the US. Read full book review >

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IN THE YUCATAN by Earl Shorris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2000

"A doggedly earnest parable salted with the legendary cadences of the Maya."
A short but grueling novel in which an insurgent union leader jailed for organizing watches his Mexican-American lawyer starve himself.. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Well-read ramblings of a bitter man."
Curmudgeonly view of how America got to where it is today. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"In this case, it seems, he's a better salesman than author. (First serial to Harper's)"
A turgid, self-indulgent treatment of a rich topic: how ``selling has achieved dominion over the world in our time.'' Shorris (Latinos, 1992) long combined life as a writer with a top position at the N.W. Ayer advertising agency. ``I needed the job,'' he confesses. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

Sociologist Shorris (Latinos, 1992, etc.) uses anecdotal evidence to humanize this overview of poverty in America while presenting his own very personal point of view on how to remedy it. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MEXICO by Earl Shorris
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 2004

"As useful in its time as Alan Riding's Distant Neighbors was 20 years ago."
A superb portrait of Mexico, a nation still in the process of being built—perhaps, hopes Shorris (In the Yucatán, 2000, etc.), by "inserting freedom and fairness into its past in order to change its future." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2013

"To ask and answer the question 'What would Socrates do?' may not cure the pathologies of poverty, but Shorris insists it's a necessary exercise for the poor to begin to free themselves."
A prolific author and founder of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a free program designed to teach reflective thinking to the disadvantaged, tells stories about the students and teachers touched by the experience. Read full book review >

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BOAT OF STONE by Maureen Earl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"The author's many interviews with survivors give this little-known chapter of the Jewish WW II exodus a gritty sense of reality."
In 1940, in a desolate Rumanian port, nearly two thousand Jewish refugees were transferred to the S.S. Atlantic, a crowded ship with scarce food and an indifferent crew. Read full book review >

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CATFISH CAFE by Earl Emerson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"He's much too modest, but his 11th adventure really is lesser work from the accomplished author of Deception Pass (1997)."
Balinda Little, the daughter of Seattle p.i. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2011

"Despite occasional stalls along the narrative path, the book is a road geek's treasure—and everyone who travels the highways ought to know these stories."
Quick: Who built the interstate highway system? If you answered President Eisenhower, then you're not even half-right, writes Swift (The Tangierman's Lament: and Other Tales of Virginia, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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SALT by Earl Lovelace
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 10, 1997

"An evocative story that tries too hard."
Trinidadian writer Lovelace (The Wine of Astonishment, 1984, etc.) returns after a long hiatus with a tale that starts out as an affecting Caribbean version of It's A Wonderful Life, then disappointingly turns into a flat riff on race and the past. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 31, 2015

"An unfocused but deeply felt plea for better treatment of veterans."
A Vietnam veteran argues for better health care for veterans and a conservative surge in the 2016 elections. Read full book review >