Search Results: "John Weir Close"


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A GIANT COW-TIPPING BY SAVAGES by John Weir Close
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A detailed and well-organized account of a world in which billions changed hands overnight."
M&A Journal founder and editor Close provides an insider's account of the fast-paced, high-stakes arena of mergers and acquisitions. Read full book review >

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WHAT I DID WRONG by John Weir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2006

"Familiar themes for a gay novel, but Weir conveys them inventively and effectively."
A gay scholar meditates on a lifetime of losses and humiliations both before and during the age of AIDS. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Close ably demonstrates the stakes in this perhaps misplaced, hubristic effort.


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Close (Theoretical Physics; Oxford Univ./Neutrino, 2010, etc.) chronicles the search for the elusive Higgs Boson particle (the "God Particle"). Read full book review >

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THE SMART ONE by Jennifer Close
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2013

"An unassuming but far from vacuous domestic comedy, perfect for the beach or a long plane trip."
Close, whose first novel (Girls in White Dresses, 2011) romped with recent college grads newly on their own, focuses here on two sisters on the cusp of 30, both torn between independent womanhood and lingering dependence on parents. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Art lovers of all ages will revel in this vivid, wonderfully affecting book, which is almost as ingenious and memorable as Close himself. (timeline, glossary, list of resources and illustration credits) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A magnificent interactive "face book" portrait of the artist. Read full book review >

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HALF-LIFE by Frank Close
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A fine account, heavy on science and politics, of a long, productive, peripatetic and ultimately inexplicable life."
Months after the 1950 arrest of British nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs, Bruno Pontecorvo (1913-1993) vanished behind the Iron Curtain. Everyone assumed that he was also a Soviet spy, but extensive investigation found no evidence that he provided secrets to the Soviets. Read full book review >

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UP IN SMOKE by Charlene Weir
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 17, 2003

"Enough melancholia to keep Dr. Phil and Oprah in ratings heaven. Like them, Weir (A Cold Christmas, 2001, etc.) will have you wiping at a tear or two and skimming the political nonsense to get back to the hankie brigade."
Three grieving women collide during a hero's run for the presidency. Read full book review >

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MURDER TAKE TWO by Charlene Weir
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 18, 1998

"Flawed but steadily diverting."
The little town of Hampstead, Kansas, is enthralled when a Hollywood crew arrives to make a movie in a long-untenanted local mansion. Read full book review >

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THE MARRIAGE GAME by Alison Weir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"It's hard to be sympathetic for 400 pages of temper tantrums."
A superficial sweep of the first 30 years of Elizabeth I's reign, with a focus on her relentless manipulation of marriage as a personal and political tool. Read full book review >

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GIRLS IN WHITE DRESSES by Jennifer Close
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Wryly funny sketches of life in one's 20s."
Three young women and their friends navigate the tricky world of big-city adulthood after graduation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1991

"An entertaining morality tale, only occasionally overtechnical, pointing out the dangers of mixing ambition and politics with the pursuit of scientific truth."
Close, a physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, capably re-creates the ``year of confusion'' that followed the now infamous announcement that cold fusion had been achieved-by his account, an often farcical and always instructive example of the scientific process on vacation. Read full book review >