Search Results: "Jesse Angelo"


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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"Engaging eyewitness pieces—often very oddly grouped together—that nonetheless elicit admiration, wonder and gasps of surprise."
Three journalists present a sequel to their Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns (2011) with a motley collection of pieces dating back to the 19th century. Read full book review >

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TWO MOMS, THE ZARK, AND ME by Johnny Valentine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"An entertaining way to state a message that's more straightforwardly conveyed in photos of actual families in Aylette Jenness's Families: A Celebration of Diversity, Commitment and Love (1990). (Picture book. 4-8)"
While his moms chat with a friend in the park, the narrator (in spritely verse that emulates Dr. Seuss with somewhat mixed success) wanders into the zoo, where ``...I saw a tame Zark./The Zark is so rare,/They once thought it extinct./But the Zark seemed to like me./She saw me...and winked.'' After a friendly game of catch with the dinosaur-like Zark (the kid is the ball), he realizes he's lost; worse, the McFinks, who volunteer to help him find his parents, are horrified that they are both moms (``It's wrong! Read full book review >

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THE DANGEROUS ART OF BLENDING IN by Angelo Surmelis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Another heartbreaking novel that pits religion and sexuality against each other, but with an important, culturally specific perspective. (author's note, resources) (Fiction. 14-18)"
Mother really doesn't know best in this tale of a closeted gay teen from a devout Christian household. Read full book review >

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CORPORATE MESSIAH by Angelo Spadoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2014

"An ambitious, complex rewrite of the ground rules of science and religion."
In Spadoni's debut novel, a successful businessman reveals himself as a man from the future and lays out a new outlook on science and strategies to save the human race from ruin. Read full book review >

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CONGLOMEROS by Jesse Browner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Bits of Lolita, Frankenstein, and any number of child-care manuals float freely through this savory stew—a captivating modern-day satire by an entertaining new writer."
Browner (whose translations include, most recently, CÇline: A Biography, p. 244) delivers a refreshingly comic and original first novel featuring the obsessive love of a well-to-do New Yorker for the mythical monster he corrupts. Read full book review >

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O BEAUTIFUL by Jesse Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"A sitcom posing as a novel about a person who is hardly there."
A very thin first novel-of-manners with some tepid social satire—all about an overrefined homosexual on the fringes of the theater world who falls in love and rooms with a man who's straight. Read full book review >

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SHOT-BLUE by Jesse Ruddock
Released: March 14, 2017

"A moving, lyrical novel that explores the emotional pain of hardship on children."
Poverty, youth, and longing collide on an isolated Canadian island in Ruddock's searing debut novel. Read full book review >

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HERE’S WHERE I STAND by Jesse Helms
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"Self-serving, as a politician's memoir will be—and almost perfectly unrevealing."
Who is America's greatest enemy? Not bin Laden, not Hussein—no, the bad guys, suggests right-wing doyen Helms, are the liberal media and anyone of a liberal bent. Read full book review >

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THE FOLLY OF THE WORLD by Jesse Bullington
Released: Dec. 18, 2012

"An ambitious but rather harrowing novel."
Bullington (The Enterprise of Death, 2011, etc.) delivers another dark historical tale, this time set in 15th-century Holland. Read full book review >

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CAVANILA'S CHOICES by Jesse Sisken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"An intriguing debut in a well-drawn ancient setting populated with shallow leaders who care for either their people or their own power."
In Sisken's debut novel, the first in a trilogy about the end of the Minoan Empire, a young priestess questions her gods in the face of the destruction of her island home. Read full book review >