Search Results: "John Preston"


BOOK REVIEW

PRESTON FALLS by David Gates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1998

"The tumult of marriage on the rocks rings true, but otherwise there's too much yuppie angst and too little human interest for this to be appealing."
A sputtering marriage stalls when a p.r. flack takes a break from the job and kids to fix up the family's vacation home in upstate New York, in this painfully slow successor to Gates's debut, Jernigan (1991), a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Read full book review >

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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 >

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KILLFILE by Christopher Farnsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Farnsworth, author of the fantastical Nathaniel Cade series (Red, White, and Blood, 2012, etc.), stands to expand his following with this clever, offbeat thriller."
Hired by billionaire Everett Sloan to determine whether a whiz kid who used to work for his data-mining outfit stole company secrets to start his own operation, mind-reading investigator John Smith finds himself targeted by a conspiratorial group with secret CIA connections. Read full book review >

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WINTER'S LIGHT by John Preston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 1995

"Nonetheless, Preston eloquently describes his aching need to belong, a need that will resonate with most gay peopleand many straights as well."
An anecdotally rich yet philosophically incomplete exploration of regional and sexual identity. Read full book review >

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THE BREWER OF PRESTON by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Fans of Camilleri's long-running Inspector Montalbano series (Angelica's Smile, 2014, etc.) will be familiar with his brand of lusty lunacy, carried here to a degree that rivals Boccaccio."
In 19th-century Sicily, a cornucopia of craziness surrounds the première of an opera buffo in a small music-loving town.Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A story of establishment and judicial misconduct that's no longer pertinent—or even interesting."
Preston (The Dig, 2016, etc.) revisits the 1970s scandal involving Jeremy Thorpe, Member of Parliament for North Devon and leader of Britain's Liberal Party. Read full book review >

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THE DIG by John Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"As homey at times as chamomile tea but spiked with pointed undercurrents, this is a real treat for a reader who can appreciate its quiet pleasures."
A historical novel that looks at the foibles and emotions of people involved in an archaeological dig on the grounds of a Suffolk, England, estate in 1939. Read full book review >

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HOMETOWNS by John Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

Nostalgia and dissociation are the main themes in this not-so- diverse collection of essays by gay men who either had to leave their old communities or have adopted new ones. Read full book review >

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The Happy Life of Preston Katt by J.J. Zerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2015

"A detailed portrayal of an everyday sailor that rings true."
A young man finds a second home in the military, as well as a purpose in life, in Zerr's (Noble Deeds, 2013, etc.) realistic story of naval warfare during World War II. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 1992

"Excellent writing—accurate, unpretentious, focused—from strong and unique voices that seem to emerge from and to validate the families (even the hostile ones) they speak of."
As in Hometowns (a 1991 collection of commentary by gay writers on their sense of place) and Personal Dispatches (a 1989 collection representing gay writers' responses to AIDS), both of which he edited, Preston here assembles reminiscences of family life by an array of articulate gays, including Michael Nava, Andrew Holleran, and Eric Latsky. Read full book review >

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The Unheralded King of Preston Plains Middle by Jedah Mayberry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2013

"More than just a complex coming-of-age story, this potent book makes an indelible impression."
In this debut novel, two brothers remain close until a tragic death rocks their family. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 26, 2011

"A coming-of-age story with plenty of sting, where love is not only blind, but it blindsides."
Murray charts a lustily tormented story of first love and heartbreak. Read full book review >