Search Results: "John Shors"


BOOK REVIEW

DRAGON HOUSE by John Shors
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Fictional characters serve mainly as mouthpieces for an admittedly noble mission (portions of the novel's proceeds will support a Vietnamese children's foundation); nonfiction might have better served the author's purpose."
The daughter of a troubled Vietnam veteran fulfills her late father's vow to found a center for homeless children in Saigon. Read full book review >

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BENEATH A MARBLE SKY by John Shors
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2004

"An overly action-packed debut, but agreeably colorful nonetheless."
A woman's take on the famous monument as the Emperor's daughter recalls her part in its construction and her survival through treachery and war. Read full book review >

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TEMPLE OF A THOUSAND FACES by John Shors
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"An ambitious attempt, but it falls short of its mark."
Shors' (Cross Currents, 2011, etc.) latest, set in 12th-century Cambodia. Read full book review >

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THE WISHING TREES by John Shors
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"A novel that varies in tone from the sentimental to the mushy, unfolding predictably."
From Shors (Beside a Burning Sea, 2008, etc.), a novel almost more heartwarming than a body can stand. Read full book review >

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BESIDE A BURNING SEA by John Shors
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

"Fast-paced and earnest, but this tale of a fateful trip promises more depth than it delivers."
Survivors of a torpedo attack struggle for survival in the midst of World War II. 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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JOHN BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >

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JOHN MARSHALL by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A vigorous account of an influential American life."
A cradle-to-grave biography of the U.S. Supreme Court's longest-serving chief justice. Read full book review >

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JOHN HUSTON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The author is perhaps a bit overly enamored with his magnificent monster of a subject (and indulges a weakness for strained puns and clumsy humor), but this biography is a serious, intelligent, highly readable reckoning with Huston's outsize legacy."
A richly flavorful biography of John Huston, great director and bona fide man's man. Read full book review >

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JOHN BROWN by John Hendrix
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Not a story for the younger set, but an important view of one of the most controversial men in American history. (author's note, sources, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
John Brown, with a makeshift flag in one hand and a tiny African-American tot cradled in the other, stands heroically on the jacket of this handsome picture-book biography. Read full book review >

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JOHN LENNON by Philip Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Intelligent and sympathetic, but overlong and unfocused."
Comprehensive biography of the Beatles' most outspoken and controversial member, whose murder by a demented fan in 1980 only added to his legacy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A more traditional biography and a more selective use of excerpts from primary sources might have been more interesting and effective, though report writers may find this helpful. (time line, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
John Adams was short, overweight, pale and bald. Read full book review >