Search Results: "James A. Fussell"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2013

"A graphic but inspiring depiction of the ravages of the disease, their bravery and the sustaining love of their families."
A moving but also hair-raising story of Tourette's syndrome and a risky surgical procedure. Read full book review >

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WHITE CRANE by Sandy Fussell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Given these flaws, it is doubtful that most kids will stay with the book long enough to become engaged with story or characters. (Adventure. 11-14)"
Set in an alternative feudal-ish Japan, this is the story of five kids with severe disabilities or disfigurements who have been accepted for training in a school for samurai. Read full book review >

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OWL NINJA by Sandy Fussell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"An illustrated character guide is generously included for those moments of wondering who's who. (Historical adventure. 10-15)"
Whereas the first of the Samurai Kids series had a lagging pace, the sophomore installment's rhythm has improved, much like the martial-arts skills of its characters. Read full book review >

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Released: March 10, 1971

"A fair and fine tribute to a dark and aggravating presence."
Dr. Johnson was engaged, according to Dr. Fussell's entertaining monograph, in savagely honest exercises in this world's significations and the obligations attendant on the next. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1980

"In this irascibly lyrical vein Fussell is as good as the people he writes about—which is very good indeed."
"Before tourism there was travel, and before travel there was exploration." Read full book review >

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EAT LIVE LOVE DIE by Betty Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A dazzling showcase for Fussell's delicious ability to 'taste...words with the kind of pleasure that turns cooking fires into the fires of love.'"
The idiosyncratic food writer harvests some of her best work in a savory collection that doubles as a memoir and declaration of faith. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"An engaging, eclectic examination of the role of beef in the formation of American myth and reality."
Food writer, historian and "full red-blooded carnivore" Fussell (Masters of American Cookery, 2006, etc.) finds beef, specifically steak, to be the most American of foods. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Full of unmet potential. (Fantasy. YA)"
Narrative tension can't save this sequel from glaring flaws. Read full book review >

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DOING BATTLE by Paul Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"Unpleasant in many ways, but valuable, as are other of Fussell's works, for a forthright portrayal of war's horrors and lasting ill effects."
From literary historian Fussell (The Angi-Egotist, 1994; Wartime 1989; etc.), a lugubrious, frequently self-pitying account, relieved by flashes of wit, of how he evolved from a happy-go-lucky Southern California innocent into the vinegary cynic and intellectual snob he is now. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 7, 1989

"Funny, upsetting, at times brilliantly illuminating."
In this engaging, elegant, and enlightening study of WW II. Read full book review >

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MY KITCHEN WARS by Betty Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 1999

"Carefully and skillfully written, but curiously unfulfilling, like a rich cassoulet without seasoning. (Author tour)"
A memoir by a woman who measures out her life in kitchen utensils, from her father's orange-juice squeezer to an olive wood spoon used to stir "the stockpot of memories" simmered here. Read full book review >

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THE INDIGO KING by James A. Owen
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

"Except for those who get a kick out of playing Spot-the-Literary-Allusion, this is missable. (Fantasy. YA)"
This third entry in the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica brings 1930s caretakers John and Jack (aka J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis) into an alternate universe where history has been rewritten and the Winter King reigns supreme. Read full book review >