Search Results: "J.B. MacKinnon"


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THE ONCE AND FUTURE WORLD by J.B. MacKinnon
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"An intriguing but uneven perspective on rewilding. If the image of a bit of lichen clinging to the slopes of a single mountain appeals to you as an apt metaphor for life on planet Earth, this book is for you."
An earnest but diffuse look at what we mean when we talk about nature and the natural world and why what we think about nature is important. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"MacKinnon is a fine storyteller and his crisp, imaginative writing is well-suited to this somewhat unorthodox detective story enmeshed in the secret history of the country's volatile politics."
A journalist turns detective in the case of his dead uncle, murdered during the unrest of the Dominican revolution. Read full book review >

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I LIVE HERE by Mia Kirshner
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Somewhat uneven writing amid a myriad of powerful images."
A visually stunning presentation of the lives of women and children surviving under the worst circumstances in Burma, Mexico, Russia and Malawi. Read full book review >

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MORNING SPY, EVENING SPY by Colin MacKinnon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A nicely written thriller, and about as mercifully free of cliché as the genre will allow."
The facts surrounding 9/11 are blended with fictional Mideast intrigue in MacKinnon's slow-paced but solid spy thriller. Read full book review >

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FIRST VICTIM by Douglas MacKinnon
Released: June 1, 1997

"But MacKinnon cheapens the theme of spousal abuse by being content to use it for cynically melodramatic effect: Turner is a one-dimensional monster, and the novel he's in soon becomes merely a routine (and bloody) thriller."
Debut political thriller by nationally syndicated columnist MacKinnon (the nonfiction Footprints, 1989, not reviewed), who worked as a writer for the Reagan and Bush administrations and knows the White House corridors well. Read full book review >

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TETHERED by Amy MacKinnon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A more resourceful writer would have painted a less monochromatic world and offered her heroine some hope for change."
There's no end to the misery in this dispiriting first novel featuring a funeral home, a child predator and a parade of victims. Read full book review >

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THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE by J.B. Cheaney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 8, 2007

"While Cheaney provides plenty of 'oh-my-gosh' scenarios with Gee's escapades, the story, as the trip, tends to drag on a bit until the climactic conclusion, despite the crafty, descriptive first-person narrative. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Ronnie takes care of her ADHD little brother, Gee, with more responsibility than usual for a 13-year-old, while developing her own philosophy from a self-help book. Read full book review >

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MY FRIEND THE ENEMY by J.B. Cheaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2005

"Fans of Cheaney's Elizabethan thrillers The Playmaker (2000) and The True Prince (2004) will find this equally compelling. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
War is a complicated thing for 11-year-old Hazel Anderson. Read full book review >

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HAPPY IS COOL. by J.B. Brocato
Released: June 29, 2014

"A straightforward, concise self-help guide for readers who have the courage to trust their own feelings."
Professional life coach Brocato's (Manage Yourself, 2011, etc.) third self-help book describes how to achieve "coolness" by cultivating positive traits that engender happiness. Read full book review >