Search Results: "Joanne Jacobs"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 11, 2005

"Balanced but supportive, aware of DCP's problems yet cautiously optimistic—a persuasive brief for an alternative kind of public education."
Ground-level profile of a California charter school, from a San Jose Mercury News education reporter. Read full book review >

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123 NYC by Joanne Dugan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Locations for each picture are specified in the endnotes. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Dugan revisits the streets and skyscrapers of New York City for this follow-up photo essay to ABC/NYC (2005), pairing color shots of painted or sculpted numbers from one to 20, with black-and-white views of clocks, children, wheels, architectural details, bagels, bridges and more. Read full book review >

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THE PLAN by Bernard Jacobs
Released: Dec. 31, 2011

"An engaging, conspiracy-laden tale with a frightening premise."
In this action-packed thriller, a charismatic American president with a secret agenda sets in play a global war against radical Islamists. Read full book review >

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COMFORT FOOD by Kate Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Not quite as satisfying as the title would lead us to expect."
The lives and loves of a TV chef, her daughters, neighbor and associates all receive a makeover in this lighthearted but sometimes sagging romantic problem-solver. Read full book review >

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A HANDFUL OF KINGS by Mark Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Either too short or far too long: all setup and terribly little payoff."
A kidnapping brings together a spy, an acclaimed novelist, and a diplomat—in a less-than-thrilling thriller. Read full book review >

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Released: June 10, 2012

"Fans of historical fiction may especially appreciate this entertaining recreation of Schubert's life; familiarity with the composer and his music is not a prerequisite."
Jacobs' historical novel details the life of Franz Schubert. Read full book review >

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THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"A lightweight but endearing and nimble look at how pursuing absurd extremes can illuminate the more mundane aspects of contemporary existence."
Esquire editor at large Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically, 2007, etc.) continues his unique brand of immersion journalism. Read full book review >

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CATALINA by Liska  Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"For those who appreciate the joys of a vicarious bender and the satisfaction of watching creepy people decompensate."
A reckless, self-destructive young woman returns home to sunny Southern California after being cut loose by the boss she's sleeping with. Read full book review >

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DARK AGE AHEAD by Jane Jacobs
NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 2004

"Crisp, entertaining, scholarly, scary."
Social philosopher Jacobs (Systems of Survivals, 1992, etc.) warns that the collapse of Western Civilization is in the cards, unless we start reshuffling our economic, cultural, and political decks with alacrity. Read full book review >

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MOTION TO DISMISS by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Instead, Kali's third case (Evidence of Guilt, 1997, etc.) is a whodunit—and the best-turned puzzle of Jacobs's six novels to date. (Author tour)"
In the middle of launching a public offering of ComTech, his graphics chip company, Grady Barrett runs into a streak of rotten luck. Read full book review >