Search Results: "Gavin de Becker"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 1997

``The energy of violence,'' de Becker asserts, ``moves through our culture,'' and ``nobody is untouched.'' A high-profile consultant on the ``prediction and management of violence,'' de Becker offers a sometimes startling mixture of autobiography, anecdote, and detailed, even scholarly, examinations of the various qualities that contribute to violent situations, as well as the escalating stages that violent confrontations (between an abusive spouse and his mate, a criminal and his prey, a stalker and his target) follow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STELLOW PROJECT by Shari Becker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 23, 2015

"Rough spots in the plotting drag down picture-book author Becker's debut for teens. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A pair of teenagers uncovers familial secrets after environmental terrorists wreak havoc on New York City. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 16, 1996

"A manual of room arrangement and garden design combined with a view of a now-extinct lifestyle where newspapers were ironed for weekend guests that should capture students of design and history. (16 pages color photos, 150 b&w photos, not seen)"
Romantic family history meets interior design and gardening in this life of Virginia-born Nancy Lancaster, who gets credit here for creating the English Country style—homey chintz in baronial spaces. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 2014

"First-rate reporting informs this thrilling narrative of hope."
A New York Times reporter delivers a gripping narrative about the recent court battles involving California's Proposition 8 (which outlawed gay marriage) and the Defense of Marriage Act. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUESTOWN by Geoffrey Becker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"A superlative debut, from a writer of very great promise. (Author tour)"
A marvelous first novel about growing up confused and trying to adjust to the imperfections of people who are supposed to know better (like your parents), from the author of the story collection Dangerous Men (1995—not reviewed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROOM FOR BEAR by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"Just ducky. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Creating a blended family demands a new choice in housing in Gavin's picture-book debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUEST by Aaron Becker
Kirkus Star
by Aaron Becker, illustrated by Aaron Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Breathtaking in scope, consider this a wordless testament to the power of not just imagination, but art itself; picture books rarely feel this epic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On the coattails of Journey (2013), Becker gleefully expands and details his award-winning fantasyland, growing even more ambitious with his storytelling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

K-9 by Rohan Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A teeth-gnashing thriller more macabre than its predecessor, it will have readers (ahem) howling for a third. (Mystery. 10-14)"
The second in the Knightley and Son series gets a little darker, offering more bite, tragedy and paternal dysfunction, as well as respectable levels of gore. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CORAM BOY by Jamila Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2001

"This is the stuff of high melodrama, and readers of the genre who will be swept along by the theatrics will not be disappointed. (Fiction. 11-16)"
This historical novel, winner of the 2000 Whitbread Award, deals with one of the more lurid and fascinating bits of English history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOSH BAXTER LEVELS UP by Gavin Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Smartly paced and emotionally engaging, a book even those who have never held a controller will enjoy. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A video game-obsessed middle schooler tackles his third new school in two years. Read full book review >