Search Results: "James T. Patterson"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Patterson guides us with consummate skill through a hall of social heroes populated by courageous parents and students, tireless attorneys, and resolute judges. (39 b&w photos; 1 map, not seen)"
A prize-winning historian (Grand Expectations, not reviewed) revisits the 1954 school-desegregation decision and traces its effects on American social history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 2010

"An excellent revisiting of a prescient report."
An astute, timely study of Daniel Patrick Moynihan's important 1965 jeremiad. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 3, 2012

"A useful time capsule that explains the social fragmentation, political polarization and tumultuous mood swing of a pivotal year in American history."
A Bancroft Prize-winning historian revisits the year the '60s truly began. Read full book review >

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JACK AND JILL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Even Patterson's most ardent admirers should beware of this dog."
Can D.C. deputy chief Alex Cross (Hide & Seek, 1995, etc.) stop a demented duo thinning the ranks of the Washington elite en route to assassinating the President? Read full book review >

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2ND CHANCE by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2002

"Lots of slam-bang action, though, except for Lindsay, the alleged action heroines mostly have it happen to them instead of dishing it out."
A murder outside San Francisco's La Salle Heights Church brings back the Women's Murder Club, extending a series (1st to Die, 2001) that could rival Kinsey Millhone for sales, if not for ingenuity, warmth, or humanity. Read full book review >

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SAM’S LETTERS TO JENNIFER by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2004

"Love, like, totally conquers all."
Patterson, a former ad man turned megaselling author (The Lake House, 2003, etc.), makes a calculated and obvious appeal to the widest possible reader demographic. Read full book review >

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POP GOES THE WEASEL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1999

"Kinky mayhem, a cartoonish villain, regular glimpses of the kindly Cross caring for his loved ones, and an ending that spells a sequel: Patterson's fans couldn't ask for more."
After a flight in fantasy with When the Wind Blows (1998), Patterson goes to ground with another slash-and-squirm psychokiller page-turner, this one dedicated to "the millions of Alex Cross readers, who so frequently ask, can't you write faster?" Read full book review >

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THE JERICHO COMMANDMENT by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 9, 1979

"Dachau Two' indeed, because, though hero David does ultimately prevent total carnage, the author clearly panders to paranoia and revenge-lust throughout; and this sort of junk hysteria can only be bad news for those with genuine, serious concern about today's anti-Semitism."
The latest, and surely the most confused, in a recent flurry of novels that seem to be competing for selection by the Jewish Defense League (JDL) Read full book review >

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MAXIMUM RIDE by James Patterson
ADVENTURE
Released: April 11, 2005

"Speed, suspense, excitement. (Science fiction. YA)"
Nonstop action carries this page-turner breathlessly from start to finish. Read full book review >

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THE MIDNIGHT CLUB by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 23, 1988

"Ironsides with a badge and a lobotomy."
Patterson's thrillers (Virgin, 1980; Black Market, 1986) have plummeted in quality since his promising debut in The Thomas Berryman Number (1976)—with this latest being the sorriest yet: a clanky and witless policer about a criminal mastermind and the cop sworn to take him down. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE WIND BLOWS by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Reads like a dream."
This time out, Patterson (Jack and Jill, 1996, etc.) summons some brio and does a magic hat trick with the million-dollar—promo thriller genre. Read full book review >

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THE LAKE HOUSE by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 9, 2003

"Patterson's sensibility dovetails perfectly with that of his prodigies, whose tender feelings and pitch-perfect teenage dialogue are the best things here. It's only when human grownups have to talk and act that this overblown saga sags."
This sequel to Patterson's bestselling, and best, novel (When the Wind Blows, 1998) soars, like its appealing cast, only intermittently. Read full book review >