Search Results: "James A. Owen"


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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 >

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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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THE DRAGONS OF WINTER by James A. Owen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Fans of the series who managed to enjoy volumes four and five will be pleased to find more of the same. (Fantasy. 14-16)"
The Caretakers fight the mind-controlling Echthroi through a tangle of timelines. Read full book review >

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HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS by James A. Owen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Clumsy racial stereotyping was forgivable in 1917, but much less so nearly a century later. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
This ambitious fantasy falls short of the mark. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: May 8, 2007

In a seamless blend of fact and fancy, the author delivers a quick, name-dropping history of piracy's golden age in the Caribbean, along with the enticing news that many of those buccaneers commissioned treasure maps from a family of Charleston mapmakers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"An enjoyable debut appropriate for both specialists and general readers."
A lively account of physicists in finance. Read full book review >

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ROMNEY by Owen Wister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Like Wharton's best work, the unfinished Romney, along with Wister's essays about Philadelphia society, remains striking for its examination of American social pathologies that, despite changes in ethnic, cultural and technological composition, remain virulently prevalent today."
An unfinished third novel, with three additional essays, about a contentedly corrupt belle époque Philadelphia—where the famed Wister (1860-1938) went west to cure his depression after William Dean Howells rejected his first attempts at fiction. Read full book review >

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GEORGE BALL by James A. Bill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"Bill concludes that because of his extraordinary prudence, characterized by pragmatic idealism, Ball was the quintessential American statesman, one whose career stands as a model for 21st- century statecraft."
In an important contribution to Cold War scholarship, Bill (Government/Coll. of William and Mary) traces the foreign policy career of ``wise man'' George Ball from the 1940s until his death in 1994. Read full book review >

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ROSA PONSELLE by James A. Drake
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"Drake's splendid book gives us the full measure of her—both as diva and vaudeville star turned society hostess and self-exiled recluse. (63 b&w photos, not seen)"
A marvelous celebration of the life and career of the brilliant American soprano, incorporating interviews with the singer (who died in 1981) as well as the recollections of people who worked with her and for her, of family members, and of artistic colleagues. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 7, 1954

"With the world's finest collections housed in Boston, Chicago and New York, this should stimulate interest."
This bids fair to be an exciting gift book for a highly specialized market- and an important addition to the art reference shelves of large public libraries. Read full book review >

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QUALITY OF LIFE by James A. Michener
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 1970

"Whatever happened, in fact, to editors who had the courage to say 'no' even to best-selling authors?"
Mr. Michener is modest about his ability to turn out this kind of book, which is a series of reflections on "where we are and where we are likely to go" as we approach the American bicentennial. Read full book review >