Search Results: "James Houston"


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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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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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THE LAST PARADISE by James D. Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"An uneven, intriguing effort."
Diffuse, now-and-then enchanting mystery set in modern Hawaii. Read full book review >

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COWBOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS by Pam Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"The author doesn't always search far enough for the reason why smart women behave like dishrags—but most of these stories are fine things from a writer one hopes will come up with a novel before too many suns sink in the West."
``...I should know better, but I love it when he calls me baby.'' That about sums up the sentiment running through these fresh, highly crafted, image-packed stories by the debuting Houston. Read full book review >

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DEAD LIL' HUSTLER by Victoria Houston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 2014

"Lew's 14th case, as easily solved as all the others (Dead Insider, 2013, etc.), is notable mainly for its fishing and wolf lore and its loving descriptions of a beautiful area of Wisconsin."
Two murders bring bad publicity to the normally quiet tourist town of Loon Lake, Wis. 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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CONTENTS MAY HAVE SHIFTED by Pam Houston
Released: Feb. 6, 2012

"Houston is a fine travel writer, but her characters are cardboard cutouts for every cliché of contemporary uplifting women's fiction."
Houston's second novel (Sight Hound, 2005, etc.) combines thinly disguised travel essays with a new age romance as her heroine travels the world with one lover, then more or less settles down for another. Read full book review >