Search Results: "Gary Krist"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"A treat for American-history and railroad buffs, though lacking dramatic fireworks."
Novelist Krist (Chaos Theory, 2000, etc.) turns to nonfiction for a familiar tale of Man-vs.-Nature. As usual, Nature wins. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 2012

"A grim but eager narrative that delivers vivid reading."
Think you've had a rough couple of weeks? The author of The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche (2007) returns with a tale of air disaster, race and ethnic riots, labor violence, child murder, political corruption and more—all in a Windy City fortnight in 1919. Read full book review >

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CHAOS THEORY by Gary Krist
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Most readers will remember this wild ride, though, as a page-turner with new dangers and set-pieces every two minutes."
Doubling the stakes of John Grisham's The Client, Krist plunges a pair of young heroes into peril that starts with a bang and ends with a bang-bang-bang. Read full book review >

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BONE BY BONE by Gary Krist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Sharp dialogue and an economic style can't compensate for utter predictability."
This second collection by the author of The Garden State (1988) gathers 13 slick but formulaic stories, half of which have appeared in small magazines. Read full book review >

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BAD CHEMISTRY by Gary Krist
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"For most of the ride, though, it's strictly efficient formula suspense."
A model husband's disappearance plunges his never-say-die wife into agitation, mystery, danger, designer-drug intrigue, and trouble with the local cops. Read full book review >

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EXTRAVAGANCE by Gary Krist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2002

"Mildly entertaining, but the plot was fresher 15 years ago in the movie Wall Street, and there's not a character as galvanizing as Gordon Gekko anywhere in sight."
Krist's third novel (after Chaos Theory, 2000, etc.) reminds us that there have been other New Economies as he blends his ambitious hero's adventures in 1690s London with similar events in New York from September 1999 to March 2000. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A wild, well-told tale."
A colorful account of reform efforts to eradicate sin, corruption and violence in early-20th-century New Orleans. Read full book review >

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PAINTING THE STORY OF A SONG WITH CHARLOTTE RILEY-WEBB
by Julie Danielson

Gary Golio’s newest picture book is, in many ways, the biography of a song. Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song, illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb, tells the story of how Holiday and Abel Meeropol—the son of Jewish immigrants, who was himself outraged by discrimination against African Americans in the 1930s—joined forces to create one of the ...


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FINDING BASQUIAT'S HUMANITY WITH JAVAKA STEPTOE
by Julie Danielson

The year 2016 has been a long and arduous one for many, so somehow it seems like an eternity ago to recall Spring, when I rounded up here at Kirkus some of Fall 2016’s best picture books, ones that I thought would make a splash when their time came. One of them was Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe’s biography of the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE KARATE WAY by Gary Hellman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"His droll tone and humorous illustrations—don't miss the close-up of a mouth in a karate yell—keep the story from being didactic. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Sensei ("teacher" in Japanese) Hellman introduces what happens in a beginning karate class through the experiences of a boy whose mother takes him to his first class as a surprise. Read full book review >

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STRANDED AT PLIMOTH PLANTATION 1626 by Gary Bowen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Bowen's reputation rests secure as the crafter of scrupulously researched, beautifully illustrated stories. (Book- of-the-Month Club/History Book Club alternate selections) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
An enthralling account of everyday life at Plimoth Plantation in 1626-27. Read full book review >

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GARY'S GARDEN by Gary Northfield
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"These quietly silly tableaux should fit nicely in the hands of backyard explorers and dreamers. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)"
A garden microcosm comes alive as the author imagines the goings-on in his yard. Read full book review >