Search Results: "Jonathan Harr"


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A CIVIL ACTION by Jonathan Harr
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A paranoid legal thriller as readable as Grisham, but important and illuminating. (Film rights to Disney)"
A crash course in big-bucks tort litigation, as rich as any novel on the scene. Read full book review >

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THE LOST PAINTING by Jonathan Harr
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

Anyone who's ever scoured a yard sale for that undiscovered antique will savor this engrossing story of a young art student on the trail of a missing 17th-century masterpiece by the Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610). Read full book review >

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THIS DRINKING NATION by Jonathan Harris
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Further reading; index (not seen). (Nonfiction. 10+)"
An insightful history of the social effects of drinking alcoholic beverages and the dramatic seesaw struggles between ``wets'' and ``drys.'' In Harris's view, beliefs and stereotypes (poverty-stricken women wailing at the doors of their husbands' taverns) have as much power to determine social policy as do economic trends (e.g., transportation difficulties that led farmers to rebel against liquor taxes). Read full book review >

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DRUGGED AMERICA by Jonathan Harris
HEALTH
Released: May 30, 1991

"Bibliography. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Not a self-help book but an intriguing report on how we got into the international drug mess and our chances of getting out. Read full book review >

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SEIZING AMBER by Jonathan Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A true and proper international thriller whose generously sketched characters quickly grow on you."
Blackmailers, spies, and aristocrats try to outsmart each other in the race to find an ancient chamber of divinely beautiful design. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN DEE
by Rachel Sugar

Jonathan Dee’s latest, an exquisitely nuanced drama of simmering small-town politics, is so prescient—so uncannily current—it’s a source of concern. “I worry a little bit the novel is close enough to current events that people are going to read it a little too much as if it were a key to current events,” Dee says.

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BOOK REVIEW

DARK EAGLE by John Ensor Harr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"But Harr's ambitious debut is an informed, dramatic, and well-woven contribution to a genre that seems to be, and shouldn't be, out of fashion these days."
A wide-ranging historical romance—the first novel by a historian hitherto known for his two books about the Rockefeller family—hearkens back to the American Revolution and the complex figure of Benedict Arnold, renowned among military peers as "the very genius of war" while subsequently reviled as the very apotheosis of treachery and deceit. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A reckoning not without interest, then, but one that celebrates and commemorates without illuminating its subject. (Twenty-four pages of illustrations—not seen.)"
In The Rockefeller Century (1988), Harr and Johnson paid lengthy if uncritical tribute to the philanthropies of three successive John D. Rockefellers. Read full book review >

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TRUE HEROES by Jonathan Diaz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Broad streaks of sentimentality, particularly in the pictures, but the worthy purpose shines through. (Short stories. 8-12)"
In this unusual pro bono gathering, 21 children struck by cancer are worked into elaborately staged photographs and then into matching stories created by as many Utah authors. Read full book review >

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BIG SNOW by Jonathan Bean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Winter's chills, rituals and resulting familial closeness, rendered in simple, surprisingly poignant drawings, make this a perennial read at first frost. (Picture book. 2-6)"
David tries to help his mother with Christmas housecleaning, but his mind swirls with thoughts of the big snow predicted to fall that afternoon. Read full book review >

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LEIF'S SAGA by Jonathan Hunt
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1996

"A striking, confident introduction to Leif's story. (bibliography) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A Norse shipbuilder tells his daughter the story of Leif Eiriksson's famous voyage, in this straightforward account based on the Icelandic sagas and current research. Read full book review >

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ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

In this companion to Hunt's Illuminations, fearful horrors mix with benevolent beasts, populating an alphabet book that should provide many hours of discovery. Read full book review >