Search Results: "John Batchelor"


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TENNYSON by John Batchelor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 11, 2013

"By the time of Tennyson's death, a new generation of readers threatened to erode his monumental reputation. This fine biography revives the difficult, moody, complex man whose works captivated the Victorian world."
Queen Victoria's favorite poet gets a richly detailed new life. Read full book review >

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FATHER'S DAY by John Calvin Batchelor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

An Acting President's power grab involves both constitutional challenge and military coup in this near-future political melodrama, with which Batchelor (Peter Nevsky and the True Story of the Russian Moon Landing, 1993, etc.) makes his own grab for a large, action-oriented readership. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 18, 2013

"Welcome return of Peter Pan for the 21st century."
Batchelor's debut novel retells the story of Peter Pan and Wendy for a contemporary audience. Read full book review >

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CONFESSION OF A BUDDHIST ATHEIST by Stephen Batchelor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2010

"A welcome contribution to Buddhist studies, joining essential modern books such as Rick Fields's How the Swans Came to the Lake (1980) and Robert Aitken's Taking the Path of Zen (1982)."
Religious scholar and former monk Batchelor (Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil, 2004, etc.) chronicles his four-decade journey through varieties of Buddhism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 20, 1996

"An almanac filled with more than one cares to know about the Republican Party, and less than one wants to understand; an almanac written by a novelist, devoid of the novelist's God's-eye view. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (First printing of 50,000)"
Novelist Batchelor's (Father's Day, 1994, etc.) history of the Republican Party is as complete, informative, and stimulating as an eighth-grade civics text. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1991

"A clever hoot-something like a cross between Murder, She Wrote and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai."
Batchelor's second volume-written in a style as frantic as a morning DJ's-in a projected quartet of fast-paced tales about spy-writer Tommy ``Tip'' Paine (Gordon Liddy is My Muse, 1990). Read full book review >

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Released: May 14, 1993

"Superbly bolted-together fantasy you could bang with a wrench."
Sweeping, amusing, at last quite moving mock epic about a Russian spacecraft that shoots for the moon 60 hours before Apollo II lifts off from Houston—and then slowly runs out of luck when entering lunar orbit. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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A CAT NAMED TIM AND OTHER STORIES by John Martz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Visual learners and younger children alike will pore delightedly over these nearly wordless sequences. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Four whimsical cartoon outings feature an overlapping cast of small anthropomorphic animals artfully placed to lead eyes up, down, around and past page turns to mishaps and surprises. Read full book review >