Search Results: "Jake Wizner"


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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 >

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SPANKING SHAKESPEARE by Jake Wizner
FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Readers wishing he could get on with the story will most likely begin rolling their eyes at the main character's expounding after the first 100 pages, but they'll still be laughing. (Fiction. YA)"
King of comedy Shakespeare Shapiro spins essays, poetry, letters and yearbook entries to chronicle the ups, downs, crushes, mishaps, perversions and general sense of hilarious melee that comprise his senior year. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BOT AND SPARROW by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dreaming keeps memories alive for a very special robot in this sweet, quiet tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mechanical-avian friendship is an endearing one. Read full book review >

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PREP by Jake Coburn
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"While the characters are hard to like and the slang gets tedious, the author's credentials as a former prep school student suggest he is reflecting a real, disturbing subculture that may well interest teen readers in and out of that world. (Fiction. YA)"
This foray into the dark side of Manhattan prep schools emphasizes details of setting over plot or character development. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Hard-core Nets fans—if they exist—might appreciate the behind-the-scenes scoop on their team, but other readers may find the disorganized narrative frustrating."
In his full-length debut, veteran NBA reporter Appleman chronicles the Nets' first season following the franchise's move from New Jersey to Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Gripping soap opera tells a tale of the Eternal City's artistic transcendence."
A well-documented account follows the thread of ambition, pride, and betrayal that drove an unparalleled explosion of arts and architecture in Europe's 17th-century cultural capital. Read full book review >

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SAINT LOUIE BLUES by Jake Tanner
Released: April 1, 1992

"Even readers enamored of Hopper's new-wave vigilantism may think it unfair that Tanner unloosed the full fury of the Ki Foundation on such a one-horse town."
The car-bombing of a DEA agent on the trail of a well- connected drug ring operating out of tiny Richmond, Missouri, brings adventurer/mystic Stryker Stephens's Ki Foundation into the picture, as ``forensic consulter and expeditor'' B.F. Hopper (Old Black Magic, 1991) is dispatched undercover to Richmond to expose the perps. Read full book review >

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THE LETHAL PARTNER by Jake Page
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 5, 1996

"As usual, Mo heads an agreeably venal, zany cast, and the culprit is well-hidden—if you can overlook the casually culpable use of the long arm of coincidence."
Against an uneasy backdrop of killings—two unidentified Anglo women have been found killed and discarded (one in the town dump, the other in a dumpster) over the past two weeks—Southwest Creations Gallery manager Anita Montague is murdered and shoved into a nearby drainpipe. Read full book review >

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Chronicles of a Bering Sea Captain by Jake Jacobsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 6, 2016

"An engaging window into an exotic life with flashes of elucidation that offer additional insights."
A debut memoir celebrating an Alaskan author's adventures during a life at sea. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A PROF by Jake Fuchs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 2001

"Two installments into his Nursery School Murders series, Fuchs seems mired in the sandbox, his notion of satire limited to poking fun of foreign accents, detailed descriptions of hyenas' genitals, and endless repetition of the word 'farties.'"
It's a wonder that Berkeley teacher Maren Matthews (Death of a Dad, 1998) doesn't just throw herself off the jungle gym at Hillside Nursery School and end it all. Read full book review >

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RENDEZVOUS EIGHTEENTH by Jake Lamar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2003

"Lamar (If 6 Were 9, 2001, etc.) breathes life into his Paris, but not into his Candide-like protagonist. And his plot's a muddle."
Love, perversion, and murder among the African-American ex-pats in today's Paris. Read full book review >

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ASKING ANNA by Jake Seliger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2014

"Love him or hate him, Steven weighs his options with a unique and strong voice as he searches for the value of commitment in a hookup culture."
In Seliger's quirky debut, a 20-something who's reluctant to propose to his girlfriend brings her to Seattle to visit old friends before he makes his final decision. Read full book review >