Search Results: "Jack Jacobs"


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 2012

"Will appeal mostly to readers considering a career in the military or veterans wondering if their memories exaggerate the intense eccentricity of the experience."
Anecdotal overview of basic training, the great social leveler of military service. Read full book review >

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SNOOPING OUT STORIES WITH JACK
by Julie Danielson

I’ve probably said this before right here at my Kirkus blog, so I apologize for any redundancy, but it is a spectacular thing to hear award-winning author Jack Gantos give a presentation. Anywhere. I always want to stand up when he’s done, and (complete with lots of fist pumps) yell, “Now, that is why I chose to work in the ...


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WHAT GOES AROUND
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack

Cover Story: Viking Cute
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Real Boy
Bonus Factor: Unexpected Friendships
Relationship Status: Maybe in a Few Years 

Cover Story: Viking Cute

A cutesy viking is kind of an oxymoron when you think about the actual history of vikings, but this one with ...


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A HANDFUL OF KINGS by Mark Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Either too short or far too long: all setup and terribly little payoff."
A kidnapping brings together a spy, an acclaimed novelist, and a diplomat—in a less-than-thrilling thriller. Read full book review >

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Released: June 10, 2012

"Fans of historical fiction may especially appreciate this entertaining recreation of Schubert's life; familiarity with the composer and his music is not a prerequisite."
Jacobs' historical novel details the life of Franz Schubert. Read full book review >

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COMFORT FOOD by Kate Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Not quite as satisfying as the title would lead us to expect."
The lives and loves of a TV chef, her daughters, neighbor and associates all receive a makeover in this lighthearted but sometimes sagging romantic problem-solver. Read full book review >

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THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"A lightweight but endearing and nimble look at how pursuing absurd extremes can illuminate the more mundane aspects of contemporary existence."
Esquire editor at large Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically, 2007, etc.) continues his unique brand of immersion journalism. Read full book review >

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CATALINA by Liska  Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"For those who appreciate the joys of a vicarious bender and the satisfaction of watching creepy people decompensate."
A reckless, self-destructive young woman returns home to sunny Southern California after being cut loose by the boss she's sleeping with. Read full book review >

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THE PLAN by Bernard Jacobs
Released: Dec. 31, 2011

"An engaging, conspiracy-laden tale with a frightening premise."
In this action-packed thriller, a charismatic American president with a secret agenda sets in play a global war against radical Islamists. Read full book review >

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DARK AGE AHEAD by Jane Jacobs
NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 2004

"Crisp, entertaining, scholarly, scary."
Social philosopher Jacobs (Systems of Survivals, 1992, etc.) warns that the collapse of Western Civilization is in the cards, unless we start reshuffling our economic, cultural, and political decks with alacrity. Read full book review >