Search Results: "J.L. Doty"


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CHILD OF THE SWORD by J.L. Doty
Released: Nov. 9, 2012

"A fine fantasy novel that will provide readers with a good weekend escape from reality."
Doty (When Dead Ain't Enough, 2012, etc.) conjures a magical world of witches, wizards and war in this high-energy first installment of an epic-fantasy series. Read full book review >

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FIREBIRD by Mark Doty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 1999

"A short, effusive, and wisely compassionate backward glance on a life that, while less than the sum of its parts, has healed as much as it has hurt."
A bittersweet portrait of the artist as a young homosexual, coming to terms with his parents and finding that "the thing that harms turns out, sometimes, to be the very thing that restores." Read full book review >

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DOG YEARS by Mark Doty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2007

"A profound reflection on hope, and a song of praise for the dead."
"The fact that I know that stories of faithful dogs are kitsch does not in the least diminish their power," notes poet and memoirist Doty (Still Life with Oyster and Lemon, 2001, etc.), who goes on to write something rather amazing. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"War's most vulnerable victims, stepping up to have their say. (introductory and biographical notes) (Nonfiction. 16 & up)"
Seventeen wrenching accounts, most previously unpublished and either personal or based on interviews, from witnesses who as children or teenagers were caught up in wars or internecine violence. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2011

"A compassionate and moving window on a harsh world. (glossary of Zulu words) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Set in an impoverished South African shantytown where post-Apartheid freedom is overshadowed by rampant AIDS and intractable poverty, this novel takes a loving, clear-eyed look at the clash of old and new through the experience of one appealing teenager. Read full book review >

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OINK by J.L. Newton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A highly educated foodie's dream, this tale delivers a unique take on both the campus and mystery genres."
Newton (Tasting Home, 2013) makes her fiction debut with a cooking-focused whodunit set at a California college in the late 1990s.Read full book review >

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PHYSICS by J.L. Heilbron
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A disappointing effort to encapsulate the history of modern physics."
A brief treatment of mankind's comprehension of the physical universe, from ancient Greek cosmologists to modern particle physicists. Read full book review >

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OPEN HOUSE by Mark Doty
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2003

"Unremarkable variations on an unremarkable theme: Home is where you feel at home."
A variety of writers present different definitions of "home" in this uneven assortment of essays, some previously published. Read full book review >

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LAST SEEN by J.L. Doucette
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A missing person tale with a strong setting and cast of characters."
A girl is gone and psychologist Dr. Pepper Hunt, the last person to see her alive, joins the investigation in this mystery-franchise debut. Read full book review >

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MY MOTHER'S SECRET by J.L. Witterick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2013

"Frustratingly sparse."
A debut novel of Jews and Germans, families and soldiers hidden from the Nazis. Read full book review >