Search Results: "Jeffrey Stepakoff"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2007

"The emphasis on personal wealth feels a touch unseemly after a while, and the lazy, arbitrary story arc will leave many readers too listless to care."
A veteran TV writer/producer recounts how he got lucky and made an obscene amount of money during Hollywood's go-go '80s and '90s. Read full book review >

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FIREWORKS OVER TOCCOA by Jeffrey Stepakoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"A formulaic romance, yet undoubtedly destined for big things."
As World War II comes to a close, a young woman finds her soul mate, while waiting for the return of her husband from the front lines. Read full book review >

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THE MELODY OF SECRETS by Jeffrey Stepakoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Stepakoff uses this sliver of history well, but the romance between Maria and James seems irrelevant (and frankly less interesting than Maria's moral dilemmas), which is a bad sign for a romantic novel."
Stepakoff's latest throws together America's burgeoning space program, Nazi scientists and a talented violinist in a Nicholas Sparks-style romance. Read full book review >

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THE PHANTOM BULLY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"Everybody's middle school years should be as ultimately satisfying as Roan's, whether they are Jedis-in-training or not. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Perhaps playing off the principle that a great ending will mitigate almost anything, this story has at least a dozen endings, and all of them are pretty spectacular. Read full book review >

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WHO BROKE THE VASE? by Jeffrey Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An interesting debut, one that may instigate discussion, emotion, and, yes, even laughs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A broken vase, an eyewitness, and a cast of improbable suspects lead to one surprise ending in this celebration of the whopper. Read full book review >

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WHO AM I? by Jeffrey Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"With full force of knowing right from wrong, readers will jump at the chance to chime in with the repeated admonishment: 'You are a rabbit!' (Picture book. 3-6)"
A rabbit with a madcap imagination pretends to be many other animals. Read full book review >

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CLICK! by Jeffrey Ebbeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"An enjoyable bedtime story that demands to be heard. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An industrious lamp in the shape of a bird fixes all things that go bump in the night. Read full book review >

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YAMANI: The Inside Story by Jeffrey Robinson
Released: May 29, 1989

Published in Great Britain last year, this extended piece of investigative journalism is not so much a biography of the ex-Saudi Oil Minister as it is an impressionistic review of the man at work. Read full book review >

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"An accomplished first novel that effectively blends folklore with the evening news."
A novel about one old man's fight against the machinations of city hall. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"A voyage fit only for lunatics. In terms of achievement, Tayler could as easily have played Russian roulette."
A dangerous and self-indulgent journey up and down the Congo River: thankfully, travel-writer Tayler (Siberian Dawn, 1999) comes in the end to understand it as such. Read full book review >