Search Results: "Jeff Speck"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Some intriguing ideas amid a dry narrative."
A city planner offers a blueprint for making midsize American cities more pedestrian-friendly. 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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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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MILO SPECK, ACCIDENTAL AGENT by Linda Urban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Imaginative, kooky, but too devoid of reality to be fully engaging, this story is likely to score with its demographic but will not find converts outside it. (Adventure. 8-12)"
When a boy is magically transported to Ogregon, a world of gigantic but mostly small-brained ogres, he must figure out not only how to escape before being eaten, but also how to rescue a group of captives and plug the hole between worlds. 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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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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A SPECK IN THE SEA by John Aldridge
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2017

"A capable and readable book, though the story is likely to draw its true audience by way of the forthcoming movie it ties into."
A fishing trip turns into a very bad day in this dramatic though less fraught rejoinder to The Perfect Storm. 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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A brilliant idea well carried out. (Photographs throughout—not seen.)"
A fictitious dinner party featuring Hollywood ``royalty,'' with dialogue taken from their own words during actual interviews with Speck. Read full book review >

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MAYBELLE GOES TO SCHOOL by Katie Speck
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"High-spirited action with well-developed characters make this series a hit every time. Where will Maybelle end up next? (Fantasy. 5-9)"
Maybelle the daring cockroach of Maybelle Goes to Tea (2008, etc.) makes decisions with her sweet tooth.Read full book review >

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MAYBELLE IN THE SOUP by Katie Speck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Maybelle is one cockroach who will be welcome back any day. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Myrtle and Herbert Peabody, the picture of upper-class gentility, have their lives turned upside down by a lovely, plump cockroach named Maybelle. Read full book review >

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MAYBELLE GOES TO TEA by Katie Speck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Short sentences, laugh-out-loud situations and likable characters make this second series entry a winner. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Maybelle the Cockroach and Henry the Flea are still alive and bugging the very perfect Peabodys. Read full book review >