Search Results: "Jason Goodwin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"An interesting and valiant attempt to encompass a subject that may be too cumbersome for one volume."
British popular historian Goodwin (Lords of the Horizons, 1999, etc.) explains how the Yankee dollar replaced Spanish pieces of eight as the world's most powerful money. Read full book review >

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THE BAKLAVA CLUB by Jason Goodwin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 2014

"Yashim's fifth, and reportedly final, case unfolds more like a picaresque caper than a whodunit, elegantly written and immersing the reader in exotic 19th-century Turkey. Still, it's a long and leisurely road to actions of consequence."
When a part-time sleuth—and full-time eunuch—happens upon a dastardly, if somewhat inept, nest of killers, what else can he do but save the day? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"An elegantly written, thoroughly entertaining work of popular history. (25 b&w illustrations)"
A delightfully picaresque history, brimming with memorable anecdotes and outrageous personalities. Read full book review >

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THE JANISSARY TREE by Jason Goodwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2006

"Middling."
Goodwin, an acclaimed travel writer and popular historian, now takes on a mystery, with mixed results. Read full book review >

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THE SNAKE STONE by Jason Goodwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A mildly entertaining smoke-and-mirrors tale that teases more than it delivers."
A leisurely mystery set in 19th-century Istanbul, the second in a series which began with The Janissary Tree (2006), winner of the 2007 Edgar Award. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1991

"Entertaining and elegant—perhaps not everyone's cup of tea, but boasting far more flavor than the average travel book."
An engaging and offbeat exploration of the tea trade by English travel-writer Goodwin, whose two grandmothers—Granny Eileen with her tea caddy from India, filled with Keemun and Lapsang Souchong; Granny Goodwin with her tea caddy from China, filled with Assam and Darjeeling—gave him an early introduction to the ritual and romance of tea. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2000

"An all-too-short, manylayered tale that succeeds as a roots memoir, detective story, and revelation of tragically tangled bloodlines."
An American ethnographer's journal of a 1930 sojourn with a band of renegade Apaches living in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains, published now for the first time, along with his son's account of travels in his father's footsteps. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A fast-paced, multilayered story of seaside murders separated by three centuries."
Two women murdered in Marblehead, Massachusetts, 301 years apart—one in 1690 and the other in 1991—would seem to have nothing in common, but Goodwin ties both together in her novella. Read full book review >

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BREAKING HER FALL by Stephen Goodwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Serious, contemplative, and also slow-moving third from Goodwin (The Blood of Paradise, 1979, etc.)."
A contemporary family drama, filled with angst and redemption. Read full book review >

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THE AMERICAN HEIRESS by Daisy Goodwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2011

"Superior entertainment."
A shrewd, spirited historical romance with flavors of Edith Wharton, Daphne du Maurier, Jane Austen, Upstairs, Downstairs and a dash of People magazine that charts a bumpy marriage of New World money and Old World tradition. Read full book review >