Search Results: "J. Eric Laing"


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THE NIGHT WATCH by J. Eric Laing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2012

"Though far from the Christian Rome of Ben-Hur or the classic one of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, this Roman holiday offers a picture of the world of the gladiators readers will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere."
Laing's novel shows a side of the Roman Empire that's downright frightening. Read full book review >

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CICADA by J. Eric Laing
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Be sure to read this steamy Southern noir in the A/C."
Tragedy befalls a small town in the 1950s Deep South when the Klu Klux Klan's arrival coincides with an unraveling of long-held family secrets. Read full book review >

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THE BIG BANG NEVER HAPPENED by Eric J. Lerner
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

"Alternative cosmologies deserve their place in the sun-but watch out for sunburn from this one."
It takes chutzpah to come up with a title like that and Lerner, a plasma physicist, has it aplenty. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 2005

"Bracing, informative and always interesting reading for investors and their advisors, who, to trust Galbraith, don't know much of anything, either."
Wall Street, the capital of capital, is a strange place full of strange individuals where anything can happen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LONELY CITY by Olivia Laing
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"Although art may be generated by loneliness, writes Laing in this illuminating, enriching book, it has a significant 'capacity to create intimacy.'"
A British journalist and cultural critic investigates how loneliness shapes art. Read full book review >

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THE HUBBLE WARS by Eric J. Chaisson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 18, 1994

The astrophysicist and author of The Life Era (1987) relates in characteristic deadpan fashion the tumultuous history of the ill-fated (if recently redeemed) Hubble Space Telescope project. ``Given both the unprecedented complexity of the vehicle on orbit and the idiosyncratic cast of human characters on the ground, it is a miracle that the Hubble Space Telescope works as well as it does,'' Chaisson states in this detailed and often bleakly humorous account of the super-telescope's trials. Read full book review >

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THE YOUNG OAKS by Christopher Laing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2013

"An excellent story of the American dream that manages a remarkable combination of breadth and depth."
In a family saga that spans the 20th century, Laing provides an expansive portrait of American life on the Mississippi in this first of two volumes. Read full book review >

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THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING by Olivia Laing
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"A provocative, evocative blend of memoir, literary history and lyrical travel writing."
What can we learn from the sodden stories of six gifted but alcoholic writers? Much—and maybe not enough. Read full book review >