Search Results: "Jasper Becker"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"More geopolitically engaged, but also less titillating, than Bradley K. Martin's Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader (2004). But of much interest to readers who wonder where the next war will be fought."
"To paraphrase Tolstoy, all rogue states are rogue states in their own way, but North Korea is the only one to present multiple dangers and on a massive scale." So writes foreign correspondent Becker (The Chinese, 2000, etc.), who reveals that at least one node on the so-called Axis of Evil is a nasty and dangerous place indeed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A remarkable book, the more devastating for its quietness and absence of rhetoric. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The first serious attempt to unearth the truth of the massive human tragedy behind the ``Great Leap Forward'' in China between 1958 and 1961. Read full book review >

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THE CHINESE by Jasper Becker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2000

"An authoritative, detailed, and nonintimidating treatment of a fascinating and often misunderstood subject. (maps and illustrations, not seen)"
A remarkably thorough and up-to-date portrait of the Chinese state—"probably the oldest functioning organization in the world"—and the 1.3 billion people inhabiting it. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 15, 1996

"This is a rich, provocative, satisfying book, filled with gorgeous descriptions of paintings and offering a fascinating dissection of the art scene, as well as a subtle portrait of one of its most elusive stars."
A socio-psychological piece of detection that attempts to put the painter Jasper Johns and his work on the couch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JASPER & JOOP by Olivier Dunrea
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"A winning tale of opposites attracting in spite of the odds. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Meet a Felix and Oscar of the feathered variety in this pitch-perfect tale of friends as different as different can be. Read full book review >

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JASPER JONES by Craig Silvey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 12, 2011

"A richly rewarding exploration of truth and lies by a masterful storyteller. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Charlie is catapulted into adulthood when Jasper Jones knocks on his window on a blisteringly hot Australian night and leads him to a hidden glade where a girl is hanging from a tree, bruised and bloody. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Meticulous, squalidly atmospheric reconstruction of a landmark case."
A sensational 1912 murder dissected as a watershed event in the history of organized crime in New York City. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Rise of Dirck Becker by Judith K. White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 22, 2016

"A satisfying trip back in time takes readers to the Dutch Republic in the 17th century."
In this concluding volume of a historical fiction trilogy set in the 1600s, a farm boy with a remarkable memory pursues a new life in Amsterdam while searching for a girl he encountered as a child. Read full book review >

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JASPER AND THE RIDDLE OF RILEY'S MINE by Caroline Starr Rose
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Villains and allies provide colorful melodrama, but it's the brothers' struggle to survive the Yukon wilderness with its harsh beauty and unforgiving cold that will keep readers entranced. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
News that gold's been discovered in northern Canada has just arrived in 1897 Seattle; learning that his brother, Mel, has joined the stampede of amateur prospectors, Jasper, 11, follows him north. Read full book review >

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CASSIE AND JASPER TO THE RESCUE by Bryn Fleming
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Paced at a smooth canter and tugging at the heartstrings, this slim tale is a call to action for middle-grade animal lovers. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Cassie and Jasper try to save an abused horse in this tense and heroic little adventure. Read full book review >

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JASPER DASH AND THE FLAME-PITS OF DELAWARE by M.T. Anderson
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Cyrus's illustrations are integral and pretty darn amusing, too. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Metafiction at its most weirdly satisfying. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOST IN A GOOD BOOK by Jasper Fforde
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"Fans of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels should check out Fforde's engagingly skewed comic utopia. As one of his characters predicts: the likely result will be 'paroxysms of litjoy.'"
A lively, pun-packed sequel to the Welsh novelist's debut, The Eyre Affair (2002). Here, his lissome literary detective once again prowls the mean streets and elusive texts of classic English literature. Read full book review >