Search Results: "Gordon Laird"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"An alarm call, but not alarmist. Less fluently written, but no less valuable, than Ellen Ruppel Shell's Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture (2009), which it neatly bookends."
You know the economy is in trouble when you can't find anything for a dollar in a dollar store. Read full book review >

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NEVERHOME by Laird Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Hunt keeps the pace brisk and inserts some new feminist twists into the genre of the Civil War odyssey."
A novel that takes us there and back again, "there" being the Civil War and back again, a farm in Indiana. Read full book review >

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PARADISE LOST by Laird Stevens
Released: Oct. 22, 2012

"Intimate, reflective and worthy of a thoughtful read; don't rush this one."
A young man struggles to find meaning in his life as he travels between Europe and Canada, finding new loves and new interests along the way in this nonlinear novel. Read full book review >

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INDIANA, INDIANA by Laird Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"At first glance, this seems to be the worst possible knockoff of 20th-Century Lit 101, but Hunt manages to infuse enough life into these old modernist bones that by the end they dance like a Halloween skeleton."
A mentally disturbed man's attempts to help his institutionalized wife, as related by Hunt (The Impossibly, 2001) in a Faulknerian voice that succeeds better than one would have reason to expect. Read full book review >

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UTTERLY MONKEY by Nick Laird
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2006

"Of the Nicks who write about young men coming to terms with their cluelessness, Laird is funnier and edgier than Hornby."
Raise a pint of Guinness to this debut novel of Northern Ireland that combines humor and heart with subversive intelligence. Read full book review >

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GOD ALWAYS LOVES YOU by Mara Laird
Released: Nov. 30, 2016

"Sunday schools may want to feature this work in classrooms where young listeners can appreciate the appealing, child-friendly illustrations and simple poetry."
In rhyming couplets, a debut picture book assures young Christian readers that God loves them no matter what while also praising good behavior. Read full book review >

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THE IMPOSSIBLY by Laird Hunt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The mystery runs at all levels here, and the style and situation have appeal, but this is more a story for puzzle solvers than lovers of literary daring."
United Nations editor Hunt debuts with a stylish, if opaque, noir tale about a hit man who falls in love, takes a break, and incurs the wrath of his organization. Read full book review >

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SEASON OF THE ASSASSIN by Thomas Laird
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2003

"Though more tightly knit than his even more grisly debut, this second act remains only middling."
After his debut in Cutter (2001), Lieutenant Jimmy Parisi of the Chicago PD returns in a novel that could well have been titled Butcher, opening as it does in a charnel house—seven student nurses slaughtered in their dormitory, beaten to a pulp and eviscerated. Read full book review >

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MODERN GODS by Nick Laird
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Two intriguing storylines that, like feuding family members, have a hard time talking to one another."
An anthropologist explores a cargo cult in Papua New Guinea while her family back in Ireland struggles with a shocking revelation. Read full book review >

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CHRISTANNA by Mac Laird
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2013

"A well-researched, engaging novel that presents an interesting vision of early Colonial life from the view of some of Virginia's earliest residents."
A historical novel set in Colonial Virginia. Read full book review >

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SECRET FRIENDS by Elizabeth Laird
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Short, plain sentences and wide margins may have some appeal for struggling readers, but it'll be hard for them to squeeze out tears when everything happens so cursorily. (Fiction. 11-14)"
From Laird (Kiss the Dust, 1992, etc.), a brief tale of a friend quickly won and lost to a sudden, unexpected death in this British novella. Read full book review >