Search Results: "Geoff Shepard"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 2008

"Contains a number of intriguing, new details that diminish the standing of those who drove Nixon from office."
A Nixon White House staffer revisits Watergate and deems it principally "a highly partisan political maneuver led by, and for the benefit of, Teddy Kennedy." Read full book review >

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SAM SHEPARD by John J. Winters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thorough, admiring work that is nonetheless honest about what the author views as Shepard's late-career decline."
A journalist who has devoted years to Shepard's life and works debuts with a comprehensive account of the life of the prolific playwright, poet, fiction writer, musician, and more. Read full book review >

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ELVIS HORNBILL, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS BIRD by Steve Shepard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1991

A role-reversal for the 90's: the narrator and his wife, Americans living in Africa, adopt a hornbill and name him Elvis, hoping he'll become a rock star. Read full book review >

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THE CELESTIALS by Karen Shepard
Released: June 11, 2013

"Balancing cultural history with soap opera isn't easy, but Shepard manages to succeed on both counts."
Shepard's (An Empire of Women, 2000, etc.) latest novel is based on a true piece of labor history: In 1870, Calvin Sampson, who owned a shoe factory in North Adams, Mass., broke a strike by importing 75 Chinese immigrants who worked at reduced rates. Read full book review >

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YOU THINK THAT'S BAD by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2011

"The narrator of one story in this collection writes that, when the weather rages, communication is 'reduced to hand signals with mittens.' Some of this writing feels like that."
A story collection of expansive postmodernism that combines bursts of humor with flashes of tragedy. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A hortatory call to arms for young people and a harsh critique of their ruling elders."
A young Canadian journalist argues that a unique generational values shift is occurring that may upend just about everything to save the planet. Read full book review >

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THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER) by Geoff Rodkey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"This frothy family contretemps ends on a note of sincere reconciliation (once Reese's hair grows back out, anyway)—that's presumably upended in time for the sequel. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An escalating sibling spat delivers "a buttload of life lessons" along with tears, terrible smells, a dorky mohawk and massive numbers of video game casualties. Read full book review >

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THE COLOUR OF MEMORY by Geoff Dyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"Random sharp insights and images are studded inside this leisurely and oddly innocent chronicle of British Gen-X slackers."
Dyer, the prolific British essayist and novelist who now lives in the U.S. and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Otherwise Known as the Human Condition (2011), published his first novel—an impressionistic, affectionate portrait of a group of 1980s British bohemians—in the U.K. in 1989. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 2014

"Somewhat more optimistic than Harry Dent Jr.'s The Demographic Cliff (2013), insistent that the key to Western influence-shaping lies in economic housecleaning. All bets are on as to whether that can happen."
It's in all the headlines: China and the United States are increasingly at loggerheads. As Financial Times journalist Dyer notes, it's likely to get more heated in years to come. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 2013

"A well-honed chronicle of a significant national disaster, especially timely following the destruction of Sandy."
Deeply researched, personal accounts of the Midwestern natural disaster whose ramifications can be felt today. Read full book review >