Search Results: "Jesse Karp"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT WE BECOME by Jesse Karp
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"It's gone from bland to worse. (Dystopia. 14 & up)"
Karp returns to the technocentric autocracy of Those That Wake (2011) armed with the same angry characters and exploring the same gadgetry issues, though with a large dose of conspiracy theory added this time around. Read full book review >

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THOSE THAT WAKE by Jesse Karp
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2011

"For more compelling tales of corporate malfeasance, try Max Barry's Jennifer Government (2003) or Scott Westerfeld's So Yesterday (2004) instead of this rather bland offering in a field overrun with dystopias. (Dystopia. YA)"
Laura and Mal have both lost their families; Laura's parents have mysteriously forgotten their only child, and Mal's brother vanished suddenly. Read full book review >

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THE RABBIT FACTORY by Marshall Karp
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 2006

"A bloated piece of work, devoted more to the pleasure of reading than the offer of a dazzling dénouement."
A big, leisurely paced thriller, the first novel for playwright and screenwriter Karp, traces an insidious, insider terrorist attack on a Disney-like cartoon empire in L.A. Read full book review >

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THE RAGTIME FOOL by Larry Karp
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2010

"In the final volume of his Ragtime trilogy (The King of Ragtime, 2008, etc.), Karp seamlessly weaves real people like Campbell into an interesting historical yarn with a whodunit kicker."
Ragtime music and racial tensions rise and clash in the 1950s, leading to murder. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"Occasionally strident, always implacable and severe, these essays express in many ways the prevailing mood of dissatisfaction in the country today."
Eighteen trenchant essays on American politics and society during the cold war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2012

"Though this novel begs inevitable thematic comparisons to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2012), it stands on its own in inventiveness, humor and heart. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A frequently hysterical confessional from a teen narrator who won't be able to convince readers he's as unlikable as he wants them to believe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLASTIC SOUP by Jesse Goossens
Released: May 1, 2011

"Given that better efforts for American readers are available, this is an appropriate choice only for the most dedicated of environmentalists. (Nonfiction. 12 & up) "
An important environmental issue, plastic trash in the ocean, receives thorough—but often confusing—coverage. Read full book review >

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LOVE, SEX AND OTHER FOREIGN POLICY GOALS by Jesse Armstrong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"A very funny British road comedy laced with ecstasy both real and imagined."
A Welsh construction worker risks his life for love when he falls in with a band of privileged do-gooders on a mission to war-torn Bosnia circa 1994. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"A standout comment on the eternal and contemporary implications of family emerges from this enjoyable story that is far too good not to be true."
A gay father's memoir, stranger and more powerful reading than the author's fictional work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 18, 2007

"The book's simple style seems to suggest a young adult audience, but the moralistic qualities, as well as a pronounced lack of image and detail, keep the work from resonating."
Ambriz's debut is a true-life tale of his coming of age one summer in San Antonio, Texas, set against the backdrop of the city's roughest neighborhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MABEL CROWLEY by Jesse Wade
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"A pleasing read for fans of romances and unique family sagas."
In Wade's debut romance novel, a woman struggles with love and family troubles in early-20th-century England. Read full book review >