Search Results: "Jessica Smartt Gullion"


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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 24, 2014

"A very grim but often compelling thriller."
Gullion's debut thriller offers an account of a pandemic in a small Texas town, and how it affects the medical specialists and citizens there. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2015

"Likely to be well-received in the academy and elsewhere largely unread."
A sociologist offers an ethnography of an unlikely group of environmental health activists. Read full book review >

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SOLDIER'S JOY by Madison Smartt Bell
Released: June 8, 1989

Bell's gritty urban first novel, The Washington Square Ensemble (1983), has been followed by cliched genre efforts. Read full book review >

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MASTER OF THE CROSSROADS by Madison Smartt Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A most impressive fusion of history and fiction, and easily the finest work of this still-young writer's splendid career."
A magnum opus in the making continues with this second in a trilogy (after All Souls' Rising, 1995) portraying the late-18th-century Haitian Revolution. Read full book review >

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TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE by Madison Smartt Bell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2007

"An informed correction to biographies that have demonized or lionized Toussaint. Note: Bell's documentation is erratic; sometimes he identifies his sources, sometimes he doesn't."
A sympathetic and sometimes necessarily speculative biography of the Haitian leader whose military and political acumen made possible the independence of his country—although he died in a French prison before the official declaration on Jan. 1, 1804. Read full book review >

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THE COLOR OF NIGHT by Madison Smartt Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2011

"A cold, dark novel—but a worthy one."
The latest fiction from versatile and distinguished veteran Bell (Devil's Dream, 2009, etc.) provides a grim, pitiless look at the ways that violence perpetuates itself. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE MOON by Madison Smartt Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2017

"Bell is a gifted veteran, and though the more realistic half of this novel is more compelling and affecting than the mystic fever dream, the whole is lyrical, ambitious, and well worth reading."
From Bell (The Color of Night, 2011, etc.), a novel about a young woman finding her way back aboveground both literally and metaphorically after a misadventure beneath the surface of things. Read full book review >

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THE STONE THAT THE BUILDER REFUSED by Madison Smartt Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"This rich work—in all its (very real) glories, despite its (inevitable) longueurs—is the logical culmination of an obsession with racial issues that has consistently dominated Bell's fiction. As such, it merits the utmost attention and respect."
Bell's heroically ambitious trilogy comes to a close as he delves into the concluding months of the Haitian Revolution, begun in 1791, and the final days of that island country's black liberator, Toussaint Louverture. Read full book review >

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NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH 2009 by Madison Smartt Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"Just uneven enough to make seeking out its several gems an entertaining and rewarding reading experience."
Thematic imbalance and wan lyricism figure rather too prominently in this 24th installment of the annual series. Read full book review >

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NAPTIME WITH THEO AND BEAU by Jessica Shyba
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Though the book is likely to be a flash in the marketing pan, it's an attractive one. (Picture book. 1-7)"
Beau is a towheaded toddler who naps every day with his puppy, an attractive German shepherd-Shar-Pei mix. Read full book review >

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WEIRD AND WILD ANIMAL FACTS by Jessica Loy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"An entertaining beginning photo essay that appeals to children's insatiable curiosity about the natural world. (introduction, fun facts, resources) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Fourteen (mostly) common animals are investigated to showcase their unusual talents. Read full book review >

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THE STRONGEST BOY IN THE WORLD by Jessica Souhami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Modern boys who dream of athletic prowess should find this appealing. (author's note) (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
In this retelling of a Japanese tale, a scrawny country boy named Kaito heads to Kyoto to enter a wrestling tournament. Read full book review >