Search Results: "Gar Smith"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"A penetrating argument against today's nuclear age."
An impassioned case against the use of nuclear power. Read full book review >

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WHAT THEN MUST WE DO? by Gar Alperovitz
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2013

"Alperovitz's conversational style avoids academic jargon while making complex issues easy (some might say too easy) to digest, but he's not likely to convince those of the conservative persuasion that a more hopeful future involves more collective action and government consolidation."
Any cure for America's economic plight lies deeper than politics as usual, argues an author who believes that a fundamental, radical, systemic transformation offers the possibility of an economic corrective. Read full book review >

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YOU CAN DIE TRYING by Gar Anthony Haywood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 1993

"Haywood's freshest, leanest yet—and it won't be hurt by the Rodney King echoes."
Eight months after racist cop Jack McGovern guns down 12-year-old liquor-store thief Lendell Washington and insists—despite the evidence—that the kid fired on him first, McGovern's remorseful suicide flushes out Mitchell Flowers, a cowed, guilty witness who corroborates McGovern's unlikely story and hires L.A. shamus Aaron Gunner (Fear of the Dark, Not Long for This World) to prove it. Read full book review >

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ALL THE LUCKY ONES ARE DEAD by Gar Anthony Haywood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"It's the African-American backgrounds that get the sharpest treatment."
Carlton William Elbridge was worth $17 million when he died at 25, too young and too rich. Read full book review >

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BAD NEWS TRAVELS FAST by Gar Anthony Haywood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 19, 1995

"The Loudermilk chronicles are an irresistibly rollicking riposte to the family-values crowd, though Haywood does seem to be making it all up as he goes along."
The Airstream trailer that's become home to retired California cop Big Joe Loudermilk and his wife Dottie pulls up outside the D.C. apartment of their radical pacifist son Eddieand weird and wonderful adventures commence. Read full book review >

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TIME IS AN ILLUSION
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Equine-tastic
BFF Charm: Heck Yes! (And Bonus LOVE)
Swoonworthy Scale:
 5
Talky Talk: Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Bonus Factors:
 Fake Book, Blended Family, Road Trip
Relationship Status: Infinite Miles

 

Cover Story: Equine-tastic

Good news, everyone: I've finally solved the mystery of the terrible YA ...


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BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE COLLEGE
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Straight Up
Bonus Factor: College Transition
Relationship Status: Keep In Touch

 

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment

This cover, with its black and white photograph, playful typography ...


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A BOY, A BIRD, A BOMB, A BOAT
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Could Be Better
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale:
 0
Talky Talk: Carry These Stories
Bonus Factors:
 Culture Shock, Summer Camp, Weird Science
Relationship Status: Taking the Leap

 

Cover Story: Could Be Better

This cover isn't bad, but I've just been spoiled ...


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HAN KANG
by Megan Labrise

Han Kang’s fierce, fresh fiction has the book world abuzz: The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated from Korean to English, won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. It is one of “The 10 Best Books of 2016,” according to the New York Times Book Review.It is ripe with searing imagery that won’t soon leave you. So ...


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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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WHEN LAST SEEN ALIVE by Gar Anthony Haywood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Start reading for the plot, and you'll stay, as usual, for the flavorsome African-American backgrounds."
Elroy Covington came a long way to disappear—all the way from the Million Man March in Washington to a run-down motel in Hollywood—but his sister, Yolanda McCreary, is convinced that even though LAPD Missing Persons has given up the search, Aaron Gunner can find Covington. Read full book review >

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GOING NOWHERE FAST by Gar Anthony Haywood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 1994

"Geez Looweez. (Mystery Guild main selection; Literary Guild alternate selection)"
This farcical change of pace from Haywood's Aaron Gunner series (You Can Die Trying, 1993) introduces the Loudermilk family: Big Joe, a retired police officer; his wife, Dottie (who establishes their uniquely affectionate domestic ambience early on when she sighs, ``I could almost feel his loving hands closing around my throat''); and their (ugh) children, whom they sell their house and buy an Airstream trailer to get away from—only to find, while they're admiring the Grand Canyon, their sour-smelling son Bad Dog in residence, together with a corpse on their toilet. Read full book review >