Search Results: "Gavin Bowd"


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THE MAP AND THE TERRITORY by Michel Houellebecq
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Very smart, very moving and occasionally very funny."
A revelation for all who follow the controversial French novelist, whether they love or loathe him. Read full book review >

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THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ISLAND by Michel Houellebecq
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2006

"A verbose novel of crushing ideas, ostentatious carnality and deep misanthropy that fail to connect."
Provocative French novelist Houellebecq (Platform, 2003, etc.) extends his social critique to embrace cult religions, aging, cloning and the apocalypse. Read full book review >

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BEAR LIKES JAM by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Comfortable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In his third outing (Room for Bear, 2015; Bear Is Not Tired, 2016), Bear learns to share jam and eat his vegetables. Read full book review >

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THIS IS THE WAY by Gavin Corbett
Released: March 5, 2013

"Read this book for its quirky style and flavor. Though probably not for everyone, readers are likely to remember it."
Corbett's latest (Innocence, 2004) examines one side of modern, working-class Ireland but with mixed results. Read full book review >

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THE FROZEN WATER TRADE by Gavin Weightman
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2003

"A fascinating and vast industry, melted away as completely as an ice cube on a summer sidewalk, but delightfully preserved here. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
British journalist Weightman brings back the days when an icebox was truly an ice box. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Enjoyable, accessible technological history, further enlivened by colorful character sketches of some of the most interesting figures in the early days of flying."
Mortimer (The Great Swim, 2008, etc.) chronicles a pivotal moment in the history of aviation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2009

"Like cotton candy—tasty yet somehow insubstantial."
Breezy social history of the inventors and entrepreneurs who transformed society with innovations in infrastructure and technology. Read full book review >

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BELUGA by Rick Gavin
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Gavin updates the good-old-boy charm of the Smokey and the Bandit movie series but adds some sharp narration by a hero who's still plenty dumb enough to get into some seriously funny trouble."
Fifteen more rounds of violent farce for sometime-repo man Nick Reid. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2012

"A humor book far more mean than funny."
Calling all Tucker Max fans: McInnes (Street Boners: 1,764 Hipster Fashion Jokes, 2010, etc.) delivers a monumentally unfunny memoir of being a jerk. Read full book review >

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DEEP IN A DREAM by James Gavin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2002

"Not just a pitiable waste of luminous talent, but a really scary story. Narrated by Gavin with gingery discernment. (24 pp. photographs)"
The grim life of cool jazzman Baker, told with relish and a firm grasp of the material by Gavin (Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret, 1991). Read full book review >

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SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW by Gavin Bell
Released: March 1, 2001

"With an eye to the significant as well as the picturesque, this breezy and informative account captures the best and worst of the new South Africa."
A British journalist who covered South Africa during the apartheid era revisits the country as a tourist and suggests that, while crime and corruption are hurting the new nation, its "exuberant assortment of races and tribes" will somehow survive. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURES IN HUMAN BEING by Gavin Francis
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Henry Marsh's Do No Harm remains this year's medical memoir to beat, but Francis acquits himself well."
Doctors with literary ambitions write memoirs, tell stories about patients, or educate us. Scottish physician Francis (Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins, 2013, etc.) successfully combines all three.Read full book review >