Search Results: "James Keene"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A low-key but fascinating view of life behind bars that deserves a wide audience, if only as a deterrent to crime."
Set a thief to catch a thief—or, in this instance, a drug dealer to ferret out a murderer's secrets. Read full book review >

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COUNTERNARRATIVES by John Keene
Released: May 26, 2015

"These stories can be challenging, but at their best, they can be revelatory, and they sometimes end on haunting notes."
The stories in this collection use daring, sometimes-fragmented structures to examine bleak moments in American history—and help trace the effects of those moments to the present day. Read full book review >

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CHRONICLES OF MY LIFE by Donald Keene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"Unique reflections capture a half-century of momentous transformation."
American scholar and translator Keene traces his lifelong fascination with Japanese literature. Read full book review >

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GRASS FOR MY PILLOW by Saiichi Maruya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A masterly realistic novel, and one of the best out of the Far East in many years."
A draft dodger's experiences during and following WWII stimulate a searching criticism of the psychology of rebellion in this superb 1966 novel by the Japanese author of, among others, Singular Rebellion (1990). Read full book review >

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ON FAMILIAR TERMS by Donald Keene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Keene complains of lukewarm or worse reviews of his monumental survey volume World Without Walls (1976)—but the Kirkus reviewer gave it the same high praise this memoir deserves as well."
Charming memoir by prolific specialist in Japanese literature Keene (Travelers of a Hundred Ages, 1989, etc.), who seems to have found a culture that mirrored his character traits of introversion and flight into deep study. Read full book review >

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ANNOTATIONS by John Keene
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 1995

"Tiny, and filled with enormous themes: a tour de force of intelligence, wordsmithing, and passion, with only a few notes slightly flat, and only now and then."
Keene debuts in fiction with a dense, intelligent, poetic, highly allusive word-tapestry that takes on subjects low and high, brings up scoopfuls of history, theorizes endlessly—and tells the story of a boy growing up black in St. Read full book review >

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THE BREAKING JEWEL by Makoto Oda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"The climactic 'war of attrition' that demands the anticipated and foreshadowed ultimate sacrifice is depicted in unflinchingly graphic detail that makes this excellent little tale very much something of an Asian Red Badge of Courage."
A 1998 novel about the defense of a small South Pacific island against American invasion—its Japanese author's first in English translation—displays a riveting economy and intensity. Read full book review >

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SHADOW RANCH by Carolyn Keene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2011

"A repackaging, by and large, but rich in features and close enough to the originals to preserve their attractions. (iPad mystery/game. 9-11)"
A text-centered but gamer-friendly e-version of one of Nancy Drew's more popular cases. Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
by Julie Danielson

To say that Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James knocked their first picture book out of the ballpark would be an understatement about a book with very little that is understated about it. In the short time it’s been on shelves, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut has garnered a host of starred reviews and much-deserved praise.

This rhythmic ...


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