Search Results: "Jesse Reisch"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SHORTEST DAY by Wendy Pfeffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Closing with a handful of poorly designed activities ('Around March 21, June 21, and September 21, repeat steps 1 to 5'), and a skimpy resource list, this well-meaning effort is likely to leave readers more confused than enlightened. (Web sites) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Generic ancient and modern figures in the illustrations accurately reflect the superficiality of this bland account of the winter solstice's natural signs and traditional commemorations. 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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ALL OR NOTHING by Jesse Schenker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Schenker's candid memoir chronicles the painful journey of a man striving for both culinary perfection and inner peace."
An award-winning chef reveals his addictions. 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 >

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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 >