Search Results: "John Bruce Shoemaker"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 1991

"A short and breezy look at horrendous experiences that seems to be haunted by the presence of a ghost-screenwriter."
The fine line between documentary and dream is almost eradicated in this ``true'' haunted-house tale set in the Deep South. Read full book review >

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Lovemaster'd by Craig Shoemaker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2014

"A sincere, if at times rambling, re-creation of a spiritual 'talking cure' via social media."
A comedian shares the Facebook conversations he had with a casual acquaintance after she contacted him about her impending divorce. Read full book review >

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THE SQUARED CIRCLE by David Shoemaker
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"Put Greil Marcus and Susan Sontag ringside, and you get something approaching this book. A little too postmodern at times but an eye-opener."
Book designer and Grantland and Deadspin contributor Shoemaker offers a frontline report on a panem et circenses scene of power plays, big money and spandex girdles. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCE OF BUTTERFLIES by Bruce Coville
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Some will find this story lightweight and sentimental; others will see the trajectory of meaning inherent in a committed life. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The prolific, multitalented Coville (Half-Human, 2001, etc.) takes off in a different direction with this unusual story of a boy who bonds with a migrating flock of monarch butterflies, emphasizing so strongly with their plight of diminishing habitat that he actually briefly becomes one of them. Read full book review >

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MR. ROCHESTER by Sarah Shoemaker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Reader, this lily needed no gilding."
Puzzling over Rochester, the brooding romantic antihero created by Charlotte Brontë in her classic Jane Eyre, a debut novelist elaborates his back story and adds some new, explanatory developments to the tale. Read full book review >

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I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS by John Rox
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The music and song lyrics are included in the final spread. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The words to a Christmas song from the 1950s serve as the text for this exploration of a most unusual Christmas gift. Read full book review >

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FIRE HORSE by Bill Shoemaker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Shoemaker's still tossing off plot twists like thrown horseshoes when the printers take the type away on the last page."
Just follow my girlfriend and find out what she's up to, Johnny Rousseau tells his partner, ex-jockey Coley Killebrew (Stalking Horse, 1994); and in no time at all, Coley's up to his neck in murder, fraud, and (of course) horseflesh. Read full book review >

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PIRATE UTOPIA by Bruce Sterling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A kind of Ragtime for our time: provocative, exotic, and very entertaining."
Noted sci-fi maven and futurologist Sterling (Love Is Strange, 2012, etc.) takes a side turn in the slipstream in this offbeat, sometimes-puzzling work of dieselpunk-y alternative history. Read full book review >

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STALKING HORSE by Bill Shoemaker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1994

"Here's hoping he gives Coley another mount soon."
The doyen of American jockeys, following in Dick Francis's hoofprints for perhaps the first time ever, turns to fiction with this thriller about—what else?—a retired jockey's adventures in the post-riding world. Read full book review >

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DARK HORSE by Bill Shoemaker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1996

"But instead of a shapely mystery, there's too much undifferentiated derring-do, with incessant kidnappings keeping the female leads tied up."
Even though he's been barred from racing, former jockey Coley Killebrew finds the most resourceful ways to stay in the thick of things. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK SLEUTH by John Edward Bruce
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2002

A fragment of historical importance, serialized in 1907-09 and now published for the first time in book form, pits a gifted young African detective against a covey of veteran jewel thieves. Read full book review >

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The Good Daughter by Connie L. Shoemaker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2015

"An honest, painful yet humorous account of seeking unconditional love."
In this intimate memoir, the only child of aging parents describes her struggles to balance caregiving, marriage, and career, and to reconcile daughterly devotion with childhood wounds. Read full book review >