Search Results: "John D. Ivanko"


BOOK REVIEW

TO BE A KID by Maya K. Ajmera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Without descriptive notes, many of those details may be lost on viewers, but the theme is a worthwhile one, appealingly presented. (map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
Harking directly back to Edward Steichen's classic Family of Man (1955, 1983) in design and tone, this portfolio of full- color photographs captures children around the world joyfully engaging in common pursuits. Read full book review >

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BRIGHT ORANGE FOR THE SHROUD by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 1972

"The story seems simpler to begin with but it's edged with that hard gloss virulence everyone knows and likes so well."
The shroud's a housecoat, worn to her death by the young woman used as a decoy by Travis McGee in his attempt to retrieve some of the money Arthur Wilkinson, a nice guy but a schnook all the same, had misspent. Read full book review >

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LOOKING FOR J.C. by John D. Fitzmorris
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Swift and satisfying."
A missing priest incites a search party of businessmen and clergy to his rescue. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Written from the point of view of those subjugated by the Macedonian empire over two centuries, this book offers a unique and significant take on well-worn history."
A low-key, authoritative look at the factors that ushered Alexander the Great to power, then brought his empire crashing down. Read full book review >

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WORD NERD by John D. Williams, Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2015

"An average game with no triple word scores."
The co-author of the bestselling Everything SCRABBLE© returns with a motley collection of anecdotes, advice, and autobiography—all relating, more or less, to the game he loves.Read full book review >

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GIRL IN THE PLAIN BROWN WRAPPER by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 12, 1973

"There are others who precede her (a doctor, a nurse) and while the story seems overly complicated and diffused this time, ho one can knock its flushed allure since McGee's powers to persuade or seduce seem more puissant than ever."
That salvage consultant McGee attempting to reclaim desperate characters once again after Helena, whom he once loved, dies of natural muses but asks him to try and save the life of a daughter who seems determined to end it. Read full book review >

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RANDOM NOTES ON PARADISE by John D Vernon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 12, 2014

"An occasionally insightful but extremely uneven exposition of inner serenity."
A collection of sayings and observations on the nature of peace and paradise as both a destination and a state of mind. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 2010

"A fast-moving, real-life escape story, and an unexpected chronicle of a fight against censorship."
Sports and military historian Lukacs tells the story of the only successful escape of a group of POWs from a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Heady stuff this, caviar for the connoisseur—but not for the innumerate."
The Sussex astronomer (Theories of Everything, 1991, etc.) has done it again—i.e., wrought a brilliant summation of ideas about mathematics that shows a depth of scholarship and an analysis that will leave the reader more than a little shaken. Read full book review >

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JUSTICE AT REDWILLOW by John D. Nesbitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2015

"Despite the high body count—half the cast will be dead by the last sunset—Nesbitt (Don't Be a Stranger, 2015, etc.) as usual keeps things relaxed and neighborly, even though Fontaine's neighbors aren't the kind you'd want yourself."
A Wyoming homesteader finds his newly acquired quarter-section of land the center of unwanted and suspicious attention. Read full book review >

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The Trophy Wife Divorce by John D. Mills
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2015

"A gripping legal thriller pitting a cheating husband against a cheating wife."
A sordid divorce case leads to violence and an explosive courtroom trial. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 31, 1984

"Okay by pulp standards, with glimmers (just glimmers) of the lean, quick MacDonald style to come—but not nearly as bright or crisp as the first collection."
Less varied, less engaging than The Good Old Stuff (1982): a further sampling of late-1940s stories from MacDonald's Dime Detective/Black Mask period. Read full book review >