Search Results: "Jake Adelstein"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Not just a hard-boiled true-crime thriller, but an engrossing, troubling look at crime and human exploitation in Japan."
The author's adventures as a top crime reporter for Japan's largest newspaper. Read full book review >

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MISSILE MOUSE by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Intelligent space opera and a realistically rounded hero will have young fans of the future demanding the next volume. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
When his mission to recover an ancient star compass goes wrong, intrepid Galactic Security Agent Missile Mouse finds himself saddled with a partner. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"There's plenty here for budding Hitchcocks and Spielbergs to unearth in the name of lights, camera, and special-effects action. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Lavish full-color spreads reveal the secrets behind Hollywood's special effects in this oversized book, where actors fly, vanish, or turn into aliens through the use of pulley systems, blue-screen backgrounds, and elaborate make-up. Read full book review >

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EVERY MAN’S HAND by Jake Mosher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Worth a look: Obvious and a bit corny, but a good-spirited narration and some interesting western scenery."
A western farce from Mosher (The Last Buffalo Hunter, 2001), who populates a small Montana town with novelists, blind movie stars, demented cabbies, and civil-service strippers. Read full book review >

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BOURGEOIS BLUES by Jake Lamar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Painful and illuminating, and a far more perceptive look at the black bourgeois experience than Stephen L. Carter's Reflections Of An Affirmative Action Baby (p. 902)."
Growing up in the black middle class and attending Harvard, Lamar, a former associate editor at Time, had a foot in two worlds and feared he ``was terminally ambivalent.'' That ambivalence, as evident in this captivating memoir, seems rooted in Lamar's relationship with his domineering, abusive father. Read full book review >

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The China Saboteurs by Jake Bronsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"An underdeveloped thriller with a protagonist that could have been fleshed out more."
A veteran homeland-security agent vows justice in the mysterious death of a young auditor investigating the plagued production of a Pentagon fighter jet in this thriller. Read full book review >

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THE KNOTTED STRINGS by Jake Page
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"Only the ending—revealing a murderer who manages to be at once obvious and obscure—is a letdown."
When Hollywood director Andrew Pindaric's movie about the 1680 Pueblo rebellion is disrupted by the deaths of two governors, the murder of the celluloid governor—leading man Gregorio Velasquez, who plays the Spanish colonial ruler against whom the Pueblos revolted—raises hackles and fears around the shoot. Read full book review >

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NOTHING HAPPENED AND THEN IT DID by Jake Silverstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"The juxtaposition of fact and fiction makes an engaging game of each piece, while Silverstein's eye for oblique detail and an accessible style in the tradition of adventurer-journalists like Samuel Clemens, Susan Orlean and Hunter S. Thompson brings him journalistic success where he claims to fail."
A frustrated journalist goes where nothing happens, theorizing that when something does, he'll be there to get the scoop, in this Quixotic quest for the meaning of truth and untruth. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2007

"An astute look at the mighty vortex of fame, which this author believes will only get more powerful."
NPR commentator Halpern (Braving Home, 2003) investigates the psychological and societal forces behind America's growing addiction to celebrity. Read full book review >

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IN THE MOMENT by Olivia Jake
ROMANCE

"An appealing, effortless erotic tale geared toward contemporary women."
Samantha Davis, an alpha female who runs her own advertising firm, meets her match in her latest client, a domineering Frenchman who seduces her into submission in Jake's debut erotic romance. Read full book review >

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CASTRATION CELEBRATION by Jake Wizner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 26, 2009

"Nonetheless, the title and content guarantee that this volume will be stolen from library shelves everywhere. (Fiction. YA)"
Max, an actor, and Olivia, a playwright, meet at drama camp when Max trips over Olivia. Read full book review >