Search Results: "James Houston"


BOOK REVIEW

HOUSTON HOMICIDE by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 12, 2007

A veteran cop and a high-profile private investigator make an odd crime-fighting couple. Read full book review >

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SAM HOUSTON by John Hoyt Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Well-detailed but somewhat pedestrian history in which Houston emerges only intermittently from his context; still, a valuable look at the forces behind the formation of Texas and its pivotal role in US expansion from coast to coast. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
Indian State historian Williams (A Great and Shining Road, 1988) presents one of the most colorful figures of the early days of the American West as a flawed hero and failed family man—but also as an unswerving supporter of the republic that he guided into the US. Read full book review >

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ZIGZAG by James Houston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 1999

"Houston's remembrances, drained of context and maundering, hold as much fascination as seeing your neighbor's vacation photos for the third time. (48 b&w illustrations)"
A discursive memoir from Canadian filmmaker and writer Houston (Confessions of an Igloo Dweller, 1996) of his post-Inuit years, mostly a thin gruel of name-dropping and social climbing. Read full book review >

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Released: April 16, 1996

"Sheer entertainment, as fascinating as it is charming. (40 line drawings)"
Tender, anecdotal glimpses of life in the far Canadian north at mid-20th century, from a prolific novelist (Running West, 1990, etc.) and artist. Read full book review >

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DRIFTING SNOW by James Houston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"B&w illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A fine author returns to the Arctic with the story of a modern teenager rediscovering her Inuit heritage. Read full book review >

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MAKE WAY FOR SAM HOUSTON by Jean Fritz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 3, 1986

"Notes, bibliography, index."
Fritz, award-winning biographer (the 1985 Regina Medal and the 1986 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award), has a genius for selection of details which illuminate her subject, neatly fit her careful design, and entertain the reader. 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 >

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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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Released: May 1, 1997

"Good old-fashioned travel writing of the sort that combines personal observations on faraway places with astute commentary on what connects their past, present, and future."
A delightful account of an idiosyncratic odyssey through island outposts in the world's largest ocean with the observant, low-key novelist Houston (Love Life, 1985, etc.) as an unfailingly congenial tour guide. 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 >