Search Results: "Jeffrey Gusfield"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"Still, an engrossing look inside Al Capone's murderous ranks and a chilling examination of a natural born killer."
Gusfield presents the short, brutal life of "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn (1902 -1936), born Vincent Gebardi, a gifted athlete who became notorious as Al Capone's deadliest lieutenant and putative organizer of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. Read full book review >

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JEFFREY STRANGEWAYS by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Murphy's adept pen drawings add a lot to the fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The author of The Worst Witch (1974) tells a funny story about a medieval 11-year-old whose rescue of the local knight- errant is the result of slapstick-style good luck. Read full book review >

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A SONG FOR JEFFREY by Constance M. Foland
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"For sheer tear-jerking, this is not up to Lurlene McDaniel's formulaic novels, but it has rewarding moments. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a loving, occasionally sentimental story, Dodie is having a hard year: her parents are separated, and heading for divorce; her older brother, once a comrade, now finds her useless; her hopes for the school talent show are squashed by a disastrous tryout; and there is no one her age in the neighborhood. Read full book review >

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THE TWINS JEFFREY AND JEANNE by Jeanne Baier
Released: June 9, 2011

"An effective, if visually undistinguished, tale with a straightforward message of reassurance for children affected by divorce."
A picture book offering the point of view of twins offers affirmation and comfort to young children of separated parents. Read full book review >

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JEFFREY BEAR CLEANS UP HIS ACT by John Steptoe
Released: April 28, 1983

"The sanitation-man is a bore, the teacher is a horror—and if the lesson's supposed to be that kids can't do better, it's not much of one."
The idea behind that slangy title is pretty crude too—but in an almost prissy way. Read full book review >

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INDELIBLE by Karin Slaughter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Amazingly, Slaughter manages between past and present stories while maintaining suspense in both by the simple device of showing the pettiest, most everyday conflicts imaginable constantly in danger of exploding in violence."
A hostage crisis sends medical examiner Sara Lintonhurtling through a maze of memories to a nightmare from her earliest days with her ex-husband, Grant County police chief Jeffrey Tolliver. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF DOC HOLLIDAY HENNINGS by TK  Bethea
Released: July 24, 2017

"While the illustrations will please readers of all ages, certain underlying messages are inappropriate, especially for a young audience."
A lonely boy and a spunky pup battle bullies and discover family in Bethea's children's book. Read full book review >

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THE OFFICE OF MERCY by Ariel Djanikian
Released: Feb. 25, 2013

"This intriguing slice of future drama ends much too soon and will leave readers begging for a sequel, if not a series."
A fascinating view of a post-apocalyptic America, penned by a first-time novelist. Read full book review >

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THE STONE COLD AGE by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Captivated kids will be happy to see that Book 3 is on its way. (Graphic historical fiction. 9-12)"
Neanderthal siblings return for a blustery infoventure in the Ice Age. Read full book review >

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THE HAIR SCARE by Jeffrey Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Ending in mid-thought with an ellipse, this is likely to engender little response in readers beyond wild gusts of indifference. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Setting a new standard for inane self-indulgence, this aimless, incomprehensible effort from a graphic designer pairs an opaque plot to postmodern illustrations constructed, seemingly, from feathers and finger-paints. Read full book review >

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BEYOND REACH by Karin Slaughter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"As if Lena and Sara hadn't been through enough, the fadeout suggests that they're not going to get much respite in between books either."
Slaughter returns from a stand-alone (Triptych, 2006) to the adventures of Medical Examiner Sara Linton and Det. Lena Adams, in a case that feels more like a chapter in an ongoing family saga than a discrete novel. Read full book review >