Search Results: "G. M. Dyrek"


BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2011

"Despite some anachronisms and loose ends, a sturdy kickoff with a distinctly different duo of detectives. (Historical fantasy. 12-15)"
Medieval monastic melodrama, murder, mayhem. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 16, 2011

"Light on romance, but readers interested in exploring their own beliefs will find healthy challenges and even a little enlightenment."
A rumination on the transcendence of love, framed within an exploration of world religions and the psychology of relationships. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Meticulous but one-dimensional."
How the correspondence among three volunteer detectives and a self-proclaimed serial killer helped solve long-standing murder investigations. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Suggestive but not entirely convincing. A modest addition to the popular psychology/self-help shelf."
A debunking of the popular treatments of "the alleged great [vertical] divide between the 'analytical/logical' left and 'artistic/intuitive' right halves of the human brain." Read full book review >

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REACHING BEYOND RACE by Paul M. Sniderman
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 1997

"This monograph's exploration of undisclosed racial attitudes among whites is challenging, but the analysis and conclusions about how to pull a racially fragmented society together are less impressive. (26 line illustrations, not seen)"
A fascinating analysis of white Americans' attitudes on race, by two political scientists who argue strenuously, though not entirely convincingly, that our leaders would be more effective in forging multiracial consensus and coalition to improve social and economic access for all citizens if they appealed to ``moral principles that reach beyond race.'' Conscious of contemporary Americans' growing cynicism about both race and public-opinion polls, Sniderman (Stanford Univ.) and Carmines (Indiana Univ.) devised techniques using computer-assisted public-opinion research to uncover attitudes among white respondents that might otherwise be obscured by self-conscious efforts to make their answers conform to ``politically correct'' standards. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 26, 2016

"Focused, committed, convincing, and composed in moderate language that will appeal to those all along the political continuum."
Two political scientists argue that our Constitution, perhaps suitable for the late 18th century, no longer works well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUT OF SHAPES by Ashley G.
by Ashley G., illustrated by Ashley G.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Best when used or displayed alongside the blocks, where it might inspire young children to build their own shape-based creations. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
The basic shapes—circle (in yellow), triangle (in red), square (in blue), rectangle (in orange)—combine to form easily recognizable objects. Read full book review >

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Youngtimer by G. G. Fulton
Released: June 1, 2015

"This time-travel tale doesn't add much to the well-worn gimmick."
Fulton's debut begins a series for middle-grade readers about two tween girls who inherit a time machine. Read full book review >

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KNOCKOUT GAMES by G. Neri
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Harsh and relentless, a tough but worthy read. (Fiction. 12-16)"
New girl Erica falls in with the wrong crowd in an exploration of racial tension in St. Louis. Read full book review >

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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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BOOK REVIEW

TRU & NELLE by G. Neri
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"An engaging portrait of two children's world before they became famous. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
The friendship of Nelle Harper Lee and Truman Capote, inspiration for Scout and Dill in Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, is fictionalized in "a flavorful bowl of southern homestyle yarns."Read full book review >