Search Results: "Joe Sharkey"


BOOK REVIEW

ABOVE SUSPICION by Joe Sharkey
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Bristling with vivid characters, knuckle-biting revelations, and psychological wallop: a true-crime standout. (Photographs)"
Uncommonly trenchant account of the only known FBI agent to confess to murder. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 19, 1994

"An impossible-to-ignore alarm about one segment of the medical-industrial complex, timed perfectly for the year's big health care debate."
Trenchant and lively exposÇ of the private mental-hospital business, full of attention-grabbing tales of despicable villains, chagrined confessors of misdeeds, brave whistle- blowers, and even some heroes of sorts. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1991

"Certainly not perfect, but riveting all the same."
Despite a failed effort to link its subject to a larger picture of greedy national yuppieism, this murder story builds and grips like a novel woven by James M. Cain and Theodore Dreiser. Read full book review >

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LADY GOLD by Angela Amato
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 1998

"Plus Gerry, who is as appealing as she is convincing.(Author tour)"
One of these writers spent nine high-wire years with the NYPD, and does it ever show. Read full book review >

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THE RAVENOUS BEAST by Niamh Sharkey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Be sure to have plenty of snacks on hand for afterward. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The teal-and-orange "Beast" is reassuringly comic rather than scary in this brightly illustrated tale of one-upmanship. Read full book review >

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I’M A HAPPY HUGGLEWUG by Niamh Sharkey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Teletubbies on Red Bull. (2-3)"
The titular critter—a plump, vaguely draconic monster with jester-hat horns and a very few pointy teeth in its smiling mouth—opens with its "Hugglewug Song," introduces readers to its family and friends and, like a relentlessly cheery drill-sergeant, leads them through a variety of exercises from counting to I Spy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A rich, complex book that makes splendid use of data to trace the recent renaissance of city neighborhoods and how children and the poor flourish in a time of relative peace."
A sociologist's account of the "stunning" decline in urban American violence in the past two decades. Read full book review >

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TALES OF WISDOM AND WONDER by Hugh Lupton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 1998

"Sharkey's style is as odd and eccentric, at times, as Yumi Heo's, but also falls to more traditional forms for architectural details that help convey each story's setting. (sources) (Folklore. 6-12)"
A fresh and unusual collection of folktales, tied together by the rhythm of the storyteller's voice: This is Lupton's first book for children, but the oral origins of these stories from many cultures are evident in the pacing. Read full book review >

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TALES FROM OLD IRELAND by Malachy Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"An engagingly readable, and tellable, sampler drawn from a deep and still-vital storytelling tradition. (Folktales. 10-13)"
Seven briskly retold traditional tales are illustrated with dot-eyed, appealingly ingenuous figures from the illustrator of Tolstoy's Gigantic Turnip (1999). Read full book review >

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CINDERELLA by Max Eilenberg
adapted by Max Eilenberg, illustrated by Niamh Sharkey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"However, the superfluity of shimmering pink hearts in the design skews this version toward the saccharine. (Picture book/fairy tale. 3-7)"
A swirling surfeit of pink, purple and gold is draped around this crisp retelling of the traditional tale, as Cinderella attends three balls with her handsome prince before her glass slipper falls. Read full book review >

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LOOKING FOR GATSBY by Faye Dunaway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Dunaway should stick to what she does best: breathing life into other people's lives. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to Cosmopolitan; author tour)"
Movies and leading men and all too little self-awareness in this stagey, unrevealing autobiography. Read full book review >