Search Results: "James D. Squires"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A bleak view of the press by one who's in a position to know."
A trenchant and disturbing analysis of the transformation of newspapers from gatherers of news to profitable corporate assets, by the former editor of the Chicago Tribune. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A promising start, muddled middle, and heart-pounding finish."
Former Chicago Tribune editor Squires (The Secrets of the Hopewell Box, 1996, etc.), a horse breeder since 1990, relates how Lady Luck took a shine to his Two Bucks Farm and gave him a Kentucky Derby winner. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 1996

"Told in an easy, anecdotal style, Squires's complex story affords a microcosmic view of the nation's political evolution in the last half century."
A sometimes eye-goggling history of political corruption in one corner of the postwar South. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Full of homespun philosophy and advice, this leisurely told tale may appeal to readers who have enjoyed the work of Brian Doyle. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grader Paolo describes what happens when his ten-year-old cousin Billy falls in love with Veronica, a Chinese-American girl, against community mores in central California in 1951. Read full book review >

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FAST COMPANY by D. James Smith
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The passages of remarkably poised, fluid writing make Smith's debut, despite its disheartening message, unusually strong. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A depressing, downbeat tale that attempts to make sense of the lives of some highly dysfunctional, unlikable people, but never quite succeeds. Read full book review >

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AFTERSHOCK by James D. McFarlin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 5, 2013

"An engaging, complex cyberthriller from a writer who knows the territory."
The government and Silicon Valley unite to fend off a major cyberterrorism attack in this fast-paced thriller. Read full book review >

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PLAYING AGAINST THE HOUSE by James D. Walsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Walsh knows he's operating in 'a gray area of journalistic ethics,' and readers can decide whether he emerges on the right side."
A journalist navigates ethically tricky terrain as he helps attempt to organize union representation in Miami casinos. Read full book review >

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SNOW MOUNTAIN PASSAGE by James D. Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2001

"Is there yet any doubt that the historical novel is alive and well once again? Houston has made another significant contribution to the genre's revival."
A well-researched and vivid retelling of the Donner Party's 1846 winter ordeal and the struggle for control of the California territory. Read full book review >

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BIRD OF ANOTHER HEAVEN by James D. Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 26, 2007

"A distinguished successor to Houston's superb fictionalization of the Donner Party ordeal, Snow Mountain Passage (2001), and compelling evidence that he's one of the best historical novelists working today."
California during the Gold Rush and Hawaii on the verge of annexation as a U.S. territory provide a rich dual backdrop for Houston's colorful ninth novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Sure to please military and WWII buffs, but may leave others unsatisfied."
Hornfischer (Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors, 2006, etc.) chronicles the World War II Pacific campaign to capture and hold Guadalcanal from the Japanese. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A mostly compelling, long-overdue saga of the famous ship."
A forgotten chapter of heroism, brutality and survival from the opening days of World War II. Read full book review >

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THREE SISTERS by James D. Doss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 2007

"A belly-laugh primer that breaks every rule in the mystery genre, something for which Doss's fans should be eternally grateful."
The 12th helping of Doss's screwball logic and witticisms from the mouths of a seven-foot Ute, his blackmailing auntie and a platoon of wacky sidekicks. Read full book review >