Search Results: "J.D. Vance"


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HILLBILLY ELEGY by J.D. Vance
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"An unusually timely and deeply affecting view of a social class whose health and economic problems are making headlines in this election year."
A Yale Law School graduate's account of his traumatic hillbilly childhood and the plight of America's angry white working class. Read full book review >

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SILVER by Talia Vance
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2012

"A quick read with some interesting fantasy elements, but the passive heroine and sometimes-confusing worldbuilding disappoint. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
Brianna Paxton has always suspected she is invisible to boys. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE CANVAS by Alexander Vance
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Plenty of vivid, painterly action scenes carry the day. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Claudia Miravista, a lonely sixth-grader who loves creating and viewing artwork, becomes involved in an unusual task: rescuing a boy named Pim from a mysterious land behind the world's art canvases. Read full book review >

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NIGHT LAMP by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Storyteller Vance is in top form here: the result is uneven in places, perhaps, but always astonishing and enthralling."
Another adventure/drama set in Vance's inimitable far-future Gaean Reach (Throy, 1993, etc.), encompassing thousands of inhabited planets. Read full book review >

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LURULU by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Languorous, occasionally repetitive—but this is quintessential Vance: rich, eccentric, nourished from roots deep in the human psyche."
Belated sequel or, better, the missing last section of Ports of Call (1998), a picaresque travel-adventure from the master storyteller and stylist. Read full book review >

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IDENTITY by Steve Vance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

The serial killings perpetrated by sociopath Calvin Bryant ranked high on the FBI's Most Grisly list until Special Agent Russell Montgomery put an end to them. Read full book review >

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THE FIVE GOLD BANDS by Jack Vance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1993

"Entertaining but by no means essential."
The first hardback edition of Vance's 1950 short novel—a space opera wherein picaresque adventurer Paddy Blackthorne and his Earth cop-sidekick Fay Bursill team up to search for an important secret (how to manufacture a space drive) that, for safekeeping, has been divided into five parts and concealed at different locations. Read full book review >

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CROWN OF THREE by J.D. Blackthorn
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"A promising story that fails to deliver. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Three new stars in the sky foretell triplets who will overthrow the evil King Brutan, end strife in Toronia, and rule together in peace. Read full book review >

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GENTLEMAN CAPTAIN by J.D. Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2010

"A delightful tale."
A sprightly fictionalized account of the fatal cleft in loyalties among seamen following Charles II's restoration in 1660. Read full book review >

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Released: June 6, 1991

"Brown didn't dig far enough; for a far more penetrative look at modern China see, for example, Paul Theroux's Riding the Iron Rooster (1988)."
Colorless recounting of the author's experiences as a teacher of English at the Medical College in Xi'an, China, and of a couple of subsequent visits to the People's Republic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2005

"Frequently riveting, occasionally long-winded. Well worth your time, but read fast: it has the unwritten expiration date of a Wired article on tech trends."
Sprawling account of the battle between corporations and creative individuals over what constitutes the proper use of digital media. Read full book review >