Search Results: "James Boice"


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NOVA by James Boice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The narrative is powerful and the characters compelling, when the writing doesn't undermine the novelist's considerable promise."
A sardonic novel that seethes with rage, yet lacks the stylistic command to fulfill its ambition. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD AND THE GHASTLY by James Boice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 2011

"Stop this world, you'll want to get off."
A thousand years after the apocalypse or Armageddon or something, Visa Second America finds history repeating itself through an attempt to recast civilization from its ashes. Read full book review >

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MVP by James Boice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Though the developing writer has considerable stylistic flair, the novel mixes slam dunks with air balls."
This scattershot debut novel about scandal in professional basketball shows flashes of virtuosity, though some of the writing clangs off the rim. Read full book review >

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JAMES JOYCE by Alfonso Zapico
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A solid account of the development of a writer not easy to encapsulate."
A graphic biography of the literary master. Read full book review >

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C.L.R. JAMES by Kent Worcester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"EWSLUGCLR James emerges from this engaging book as a man who lived his life fully and whose work is worthy of further study, and Worcester has done much to rescue his subject from oblivion."
Well-crafted biography of a man once characterized as ``the sharpest and most interesting mind that the British Caribbean has produced in three centuries of learning.'' Although the Trinidadian writer and activist Cyril Lionel Robert James (190189) was at the center of many political and literary movements in his time, he is little known today. ``By the 1960s,'' Worcester observes, ``he was an elder radical statesperson on several continents, famous for his writing and historical impact. Read full book review >

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JAMES DEAN by Val Holley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"A biography by the numbers that never quite adds up. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of this quotidian, excessively anecdotal life of James Dean has done a lot of research, but too rarely does he conjoin it with any real understanding. Read full book review >

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DEAR JAMES by Jon Hassler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Hassler satirizes both Minnesotan and European types, but his affection for his people is evident in the great good humor that's pervasive."
Hassler's seventh (North of Hope, 1990, etc.) again delivers the goods: this time, Agatha McGee (who first appeared in A Green Journey, 1985) travels to Italy to visit her old friend and pen-pal James, a Catholic priest. Read full book review >

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JAMES GANDOLFINI by Dan Bischoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Not the last word but an earnest, endearing homage to an outstanding actor."
A bittersweet biography of an intensely private artist. Read full book review >

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JENNIEMAE & JAMES by Brooke Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2010

"A low-key, sweet portrait of an unusual friendship. Jenniemae is a scene-stealer, though, and the strongest parts of the memoir focus on her and her community."
A grown daughter remembers her troubled, genius father's endearing friendship with their charismatic maid. Read full book review >

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JAMES MONROE by Gary Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"A well-written, useful précis of Monroe's life and career."
A nearly forgotten president comes in for soft-spoken tribute, courtesy of one-time U.S. Senator Hart (The Fourth Power, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >