Search Results: "Jeff Coen"


BOOK REVIEW

FAMILY SECRETS by Jeff Coen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2009

"A telling look inside the twisted world of organized crime, sure to interest those who follow mob mayhem."
"He would shoot you in the head over a cold ravioli." When it comes to mob psychos, Chicago Tribune writer Coen writes, there's no place like the Windy City. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"An exhaustively detailed, definitive account of one of America's most morally reprehensible political-corruption sagas."
In-depth investigative report on the rise and fall of the embattled former governor of Illinois. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A personal, heart-rending story of struggle and anguish in the face of unconditional love."
Following the untimely death of his adopted African-American son, a father seeks posthumous reconciliation in this affecting collection of personal letters by Gough. Read full book review >

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TOO SOON FOR JEFF by Marilyn Reynolds
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Another candidate for next year's BBYA list. (Fiction. 12+)"
Jeff, almost 18, and Christy, two years younger, have been going together for months. Read full book review >

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WHEN JEFF COMES HOME by Catherine Atkins
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Readers will not be able to view incidents of kidnapping and sexual abuse in the same way again. (Fiction. 13+)"
An accomplished, intense, and powerful first novel about what happens when a kidnapped boy is returned to his family. Read full book review >

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FAT BALD JEFF by Leslie Stella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"More convincing as a stand-up comedy routine than a novel, but nonetheless a hilarious send-up of hippies and hipsters."
Newcomer Stella, founder of the Chicago 'zine Lumpen, creates a slacker hell and a disgruntled, wisecracking protagonist who rages successfully against the machine. Read full book review >

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JEFF IN VENICE, DEATH IN VARANASI by Geoff Dyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2009

"Unsatisfying as a novel, but the observations are piquant enough to make for an enjoyable read."
Part novel, part cultural travelogue, this latest from the British critic and novelist (The Ongoing Moment, 2005, etc.) consists of two sections, linked by the narrator's sensibility. Read full book review >

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GATES OF EDEN by Ethan Coen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Like this debut collection as a whole, though, it's a valuable portrait of the artist as a middle-aged neophyte."
Fourteen variously weird tales from the producing half of the Coen Brothers movie team. Read full book review >

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MINE! by Jeff Mack
Kirkus Star
by Jeff Mack, illustrated by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A behavioral window for some, a mirror for many, and a delightful book for all. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mine! Or is it? Read full book review >

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WHO NEEDS A BATH? by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"All (except Skunk) will easily see how much fun a bath can be. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Skunk may have gotten a hug…but he's still a stinker. Read full book review >

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THE ROCKABILLY GOATS GRUFF by Jeff Crosby
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"A snazzy, music-themed twist on a classic story that both children and adults will enjoy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From the first glimpse of the slicked-up pompadours and hot rods of the Rockabilly Goats, readers will know that they are in for a good time with this rock-'n'-roll interpretation of a classic tale. Read full book review >

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CABIN FEVER by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"Kinney has built a world that has potential for truly subversive humor and has a fan base willing to go wherever he takes it, but by choosing to play it safe here, he sells both short. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
In a world where "Wimpy Kid-like" has become a shorthand to describe a certain type of book, what is there to say about the sixth volume in the groundbreaking series? Read full book review >