Search Results: "Jeff Benedict"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 1997

A sports sociologist's provocative, sometimes sensationalistic study of a phenomenon that's gaining increasing public attention. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 29, 2009

"Capably presented account of a complex legal case that would have been even more compelling if it were shorter."
Investigative journalist Benedict (The Mormon Way of Doing Business: How Eight Western Boys Reached the Top of Corporate America, 2007, etc.) explores the drama behind a controversial Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2011

"Spartan prose delivers a chilling, page-turning lesson in food safety."
Just in time for BBQ season, an investigative journalist traces the path of a devastating outbreak of food-borne illness linked to hamburger meat. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2003

"No need to sensationalize Owsley's story; the pathologist would have emerged an even more awesome figure without the superhero garb. (8-page b&w photo insert, not seen)"
Smithsonian forensic pathologist Douglas Owsley gets an enthusiastic profile from investigative journalist Benedict (Public Heroes, Private Felons, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE HOUSE BY THE SEA by Benedict Blathwayt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"The two books make a nice pair. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Much as their details differ, this might be described as the British version of Albert's Alejandro's Gift (above). Read full book review >

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STORIES FROM FIREFLY ISLAND by Benedict Blathwayt
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Dozens of intricately detailed b&w drawings are scattered throughout. (Fiction. 5-10)"
Tortoise, oldest and wisest of the animal inhabitants of an imaginary island, tells an assortment of ten pourquoi stories (why frogs croak at night), trickster stories (how the bully Wild Pig was humbled), and moral tales (how Badger, once a hero, became a tyrant). Read full book review >

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THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE by Helen Benedict
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Mature language and realistic life situations lend verisimilitude to this compelling drama of a young woman's brave stand against abuse and intolerance. (author's note) (Fiction. 13-17)"
A biracial teen living in a Pennsylvania town makes a difference by fostering an abandoned Hispanic child. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE

"Lacks both the juice of genre thrillers and the penetration of literary fiction."
A Faustian pact that might have been made by the Count of Monte Cristo plays out in present-day Cincinnati. Read full book review >

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BAD ANGEL by Helen Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1996

"Ambitious and often insighful, but with the feeling of being too sparsely populated—its characters being asked to have, and comment on, perceptions not convincingly natural to them. (Literary Guild selection)"
Told in the voices of its own characters turn by turn, a stirring if somewhat artificially rendered ``lyrical'' second novel by Benedict (A World Like This, 1990), a Columbia journalism professor who's also written about the print media's handling of sex crimes (Virgin and Vamp, 1992). Read full book review >

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DOGS OF GOD by Pinckney Benedict
Released: Jan. 6, 1994

"Which is particularly annoying in a novel that nevertheless manages to suck you into its wild intrigue."
The first novel by storywriter Benedict (Town Smokes, 1987; The Wrecking Yard, 1992) barely resembles his measured and lyrical short fiction. Read full book review >

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THE UNKNOWNS by Benedict Carey
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"By the third or fourth puzzle (they get progressively more difficult) things get a bit mathematically dense, but even reluctant mathematicians will enjoy this inheritor of The Westing Game. (Mystery. 10-14)"
On the circular island where the Folsom Nuclear Plant is located, there sits a trailer park called Folsom Adjacent; not surprisingly, many of its colorfully boring residents work at the plant. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A fascinating perspective on how we can benefit from the distractions of daily life."
Carey (Poison Most Vial: A Mystery, 2012, etc.) chose to write scientific mysteries for kids as a distraction from his day job as a science reporter for the New York Times, until it dawned on him that he had an amazing story to share: Ostensibly poor study habits can be important to improving learning strategies. Read full book review >