Search Results: "Jackson J. Benson"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 4, 2002

"More than his familiar, iconic fiction, this collection conveys a real sense of one of our best—and best-loved—writers."
February of next year is the centennial of Steinbeck's birth and, along with new Penguin editions of six of his novels, Viking is offering up this collection from the other, lesser-known, side of his career. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2009

"A worthy treatment of an interesting subject, which, one hopes, will inspire renewed interest in Guthrie's body of work."
A welcome biography of the Western novelist and environmentalist. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Admirers of Stegner's work will find this a useful but uninspired companion. (photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A thorough if somewhat detached life of the dean of Western American letters. Read full book review >

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GYPSY ESCAPADES by William J. Jackson
Released: April 30, 2012

"Although its suspense level could be higher, this novel satisfies with its wonderfully complex and vivid setting."
An American graduate student in India teams up with an intelligence agent and others to prevent a crisis that could spark bloody chaos. Read full book review >

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HOLLY'S DAY AT THE POOL by Benson Shum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Useful to share with children who are afraid of the water. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pink, suburban hippo is afraid to swim. Read full book review >

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AMONG THE GHOSTS by Amber Benson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"Skip this one and the next one too. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Ghostly children, a long-dead inventor, a voracious monster (sort of), a motherless-but-plucky girl, a mysterious private school, clever chapter headings and arch authorial asides are all jumbled together to create something that winds up being less than the sum of its parts. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"From alpha to omega, an engrossing account."
How one book changed English history. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE SHOT by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"Nifty bullfighting scenes do not redeem an otherwise cliché-cluttered narrative. For die-hard fans only."
The creakiest exercise yet in American Bond fan Benson's postmodern resurrection of Ian Fleming's peerless killer spy, has an embarrassingly witless 007 going rogue to fight a dastardly multinational crime cartel. Read full book review >

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WHO STOLE THE FUNNY? by Robby Benson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Tinseltown characters with no glitter."
The title asks a loaded question, for with the exception of a few sparse moments, someone definitely "stole the funny" from this featherweight roman-à-clef. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"A valiant, if superficial, attempt at rendering in readable format this significant period in Muslim history."
A nonscholarly depiction of the cultured, cosmopolitan world of the early Abbasid caliphate. Read full book review >