Search Results: "John A. Jackson"


BOOK REVIEW

A Will To Survive by John Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2016

"A well-told story of endurance, creativity, and tenacity."
A pilot and his three passengers veer off their flight path and crash in a remote Canadian wilderness in this debut novel of survival. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACKSON by Max Byrd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"But the zeitgeist is embodied to perfection, and the result is a truly, and substantially, entertaining tale."
In some ways a sequel to his well-researched Jefferson (1993), Byrd's latest is a superior novel to that earlier effort—lusty and lively in its view of the American political scene, circa 1828, yet also keenly aware of the underlying issues gripping the nation as it expanded westward. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Jackson should have tried less Clark, more Bandstand. (37 illustrations, not seen)"
``I don't make culture, I sell it'' is the epigram with which Jackson opens this overview of Dick Clark's American Bandstand—the television program that made its star a millionaire several times over. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"A readable biography, undeniably a useful contribution to Joyce studies, though overlong and over-detailed for most casual fans. (16 pages b&w photos)"
In this exhaustive work, Dubliners and Joyce scholars Jackson and Costello (the latter the author of James Joyce, 1993) portray the Joyces' paterfamilias as a colorful figure from a fading world, and his orbit as a priceless source for much of James's fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACKSON STREET by John A. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"An impressively serious and professional debut from a man who served in Vietnam himself and obviously knows whereof he writes."
A few of these gritty tales about military men have appeared in literary magazines, but they deserve a wider audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN MUIR WRESTLES A WATERFALL by Julie Danneberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"A welcome addition to the modern collection of John Muir's adventures. (Internet resources, bibliography, citations) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A noted naturalist nearly loses his life exploring a waterfall. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2008

"Scholars will deplore the dearth of documentation, but general readers will delight in this tale of a randy rapscallion who found time between dalliances to create some enduringly popular works of fiction and drama."
An authorized biography of the peripatetic, priapic and enormously prolific octogenarian who still rises at dawn to the pages of blank foolscap he fills with astonishing speed and craft. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The frequent, lengthy narrative asides, meant to be funny, will only add to readers' confusion and frustration. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this absurd adventure, insecure sixth grader Jackson falls into his Great Aunt Harriett's enormous hair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"A provocative portrait sure to win as many fans and detractors as its red-hot subject."
A well-rounded treatment of one of baseball's most celebrated and controversial figures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2008

Weatherford's compressed poetic homage to Coltrane's early influences relays biographical details through metaphors evoking sound: "Before John was a jazz giant, / he heard Grandpa's Sunday sermons, / Mama playing hymns for the senior choir, / and the scoutmaster's call to join a band." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Hart of John: A New Apocalypse by Lawrence R. Deering
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A tense, thought-provoking thriller about the power of revealed Scripture."
In Deering's (Youth Group, 2012, etc.) sequel to The Brotherhood (2013), the discovery of a hidden manuscript gives rise to a dangerous demagogue, and only the nephew of another demagogue can stop him.Read full book review >