Search Results: "John R. Baker"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"In-your-face violence and resilient heroism that leaps off the page."
The life and work of a tireless Compton, Calif. beat cop. Read full book review >

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POET IN THE GUTTER by John Baker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 20, 1996

"Newcomer Baker's agreeably clipped delivery hides the fact that most of his surprises are exhausted in the early going."
``Funny how things start out,'' muses wannabe Yorkshire shamus Sam Turner. ``You take on a matrimonial case and find you're tracking an international serial killer.'' In fact Sam's first case is deceptive from the word go, when Terry Deacon, hearing Sam tell an AA meeting that he's a detective, hires him to follow his wife Jane, whom he suspects is cheating on him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat by Todd R. Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Adroit in its storytelling, this book offers two finely drawn lives and a continuing mystery as to how they will overlap."
A debut novel focuses on one man and the many possibilities in life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Enriching, deeply personal history."
A sweeping look at nearly 200 years on a Southern plantation, told by a descendant of the slaves who lived there. Read full book review >

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MARCH ON
by Julie Danielson

This past weekend, I managed to catch the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women while in town for the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference. If, like me, you marched (or couldn’t make one, yet wholeheartedly supported the notion of a march), you may wonder: What is next? I think a lot of people, women in particular, have this top ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GILGAMESH by John R. Maier
translated by John R. Maier, edited by John Gardner
Released: Oct. 5, 1984

"But any intelligent effort to popularize that enigmatic primeval masterpiece is more than welcome."
Too fussy and detailed for the casual reader, too amateurish for the scholar, this curious collaboration between novelist Gardner (completed just before his fatal motorcycle crash in 1982) and English professor Maier (SUNY, Brockport), with help from Assyriologist Richard A. Henshaw (Colgate Rochester Div. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 19, 2012

"A nonconformist approach to finance and investing that should appeal to politically minded contrarians."
A warning to investors that "the game is rigged" against them by cheating capital markets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DISSONANT SPIES by John R. Downes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 13, 2013

"A slightly contrived espionage yarn that still unspools nicely."
In Downes' (When Johnny Came Marching, 2012) novel, two Nazi spies with differing views of the morality of war secretly try to make it to America's heartland with an FBI agent on their trail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Told with wry humor and an insider's view: one can't help but wonder how these wildcatters occupied themselves before 1994."
All about Internet stock traders—those weirdo workaholics who make money, lose money, perpetuate scams, uncover scams, spend hours sending endless (often pointless) e-mails, live at their keyboards, and never seem to make enough to retire and get out of the business. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SONG OF THE EARTH by John R. Dann
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"At heart a romance (who knows what these well-spoken Cro-Magnons were really like?), rich with gripping escapism and comparable to Jean Auel's Earth's Children trilogy."
Prequel to Dann's The Song of the Axe (2001), a prehistoric saga that takes place some 30,000 years ago, as the Neanderthals evolve into the Cro-Magnons somewhere in Eurasia. Read full book review >