Search Results: "Jeff Crook"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SLEEPING AND THE DEAD by Jeff Crook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2012

"In a departure from his fantasy Dragonlance series (Dark Thane, 2003, etc.), Crook presents a dark and creepy mystery with a brave but deeply flawed heroine. A promising series kickoff, even though it telegraphs the killer early."
A camera purchased by Jackie Lyons, former Memphis vice detective, photographer and recovering junkie, lands her in the center of a major murder case. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT JOURNAL by Elizabeth Crook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2006

"A multilayered narrative of impressive historical perspicacity, enriched by the author's loving attention to character."
Reading the journals of her Harvey Girl ancestor sends a young Texas woman back in time to the New Mexico frontier in Crook's warmly drawn novel (Promised Lands, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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PROMISED LANDS by Elizabeth Crook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 1994

"Cook hits a flat note on occasion, but too rarely to spoil the harmony."
An engaging historical, by Crook (The Raven's Bride, 1991), that deftly deflates myths about the Texas fight (1835-36) for independence from Mexico, revealing the desperation, poor planning, and grandiose leadership on both sides—and the carnage that resulted. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"An opportunity for American children to see a little-known war through a rarely considered lens. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Written from a Canadian perspective, this well-researched and -documented historical novel offers young readers a fascinating perspective on the events following the American Revolution and leading up to the War of 1812. Read full book review >

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THE RAVEN'S BRIDE by Elizabeth Crook
Released: Feb. 20, 1990

In 1829, Governor Sam Houston of Tennessee married Eliza Allen; in that same year, Houston left Nashville for the West—and eventually Texas. Read full book review >

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DON'T LOOK DOWN
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Edge of Everything (Untitled #1) by Jeff Giles

Cover Story: Bring an Extinguisher
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Paranormal Boy Meets Girl
Bonus Factor: Bounty Hunter From Hell
Factor: Series Starter
Anti-Bonus Factor: Instalove
Relationship Status: I’ll Be Back


Cover Story: Bring an Extinguisher

Is that snow on fire? Something tells me this ...


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JEFF GUINN
by Gregory McNamee

“Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.” We hear the admonition all the time, are constantly treated to the spectacle of one political pundit—or would-be pundit, anyway—accusing another of downing the fruity beverage as shorthand for uncritically following some party line or another.

But where does the expression come from? Those who were around a little shy of 40 years ago should ...


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IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Cover Story: After School Special
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Heartbreak and Hope
Bonus Factors: Therapy, Kickass Gram, Diversity
Anti-Bonus Factors: Violent Death, Awful Parents
Relationship Status: Here For You

Cover Story: After School Special

This cover doesn’t give much away about the story within, but it certainly ...


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MONDAY, MONDAY by Elizabeth Crook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Shelly reflects that '[s]he had never come anywhere near perfection, but had come close to a rightness with herself, through her losses.' So it is with this novel, which, though not quite perfect, is just right: confident and lyrical as it smartly engages terror and its aftermath."
An almost-forgotten massacre at the University of Texas propels an intergenerational tale marked by vivid moments of connection and disconnection, fear and courage. Read full book review >

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WHY AM I HERE? by Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2016

"This Norwegian import takes young readers seriously, respecting their innate sense of compassion and need to derive meaning from the seemingly inexplicable. (Picture book. 6-10)"
An introspective book that will provoke reflection, particularly in sensitive and observant readers of a philosophical nature. Read full book review >