Search Results: "Keith Houston"


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SHADY CHARACTERS by Keith Houston
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"An unusual triumph of the human ability to find exaltation in the mundane."
A mostly amusing, informative history of punctuation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A splendid, challenging mixture of information and fun."
From barely decipherable scratches on ancient surfaces to the latest bestseller: a history of the book, its numerous ancestors, and its underlying technologies. Read full book review >

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ZIGZAG by James Houston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 1999

"Houston's remembrances, drained of context and maundering, hold as much fascination as seeing your neighbor's vacation photos for the third time. (48 b&w illustrations)"
A discursive memoir from Canadian filmmaker and writer Houston (Confessions of an Igloo Dweller, 1996) of his post-Inuit years, mostly a thin gruel of name-dropping and social climbing. Read full book review >

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DEAD LIL' HUSTLER by Victoria Houston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 2014

"Lew's 14th case, as easily solved as all the others (Dead Insider, 2013, etc.), is notable mainly for its fishing and wolf lore and its loving descriptions of a beautiful area of Wisconsin."
Two murders bring bad publicity to the normally quiet tourist town of Loon Lake, Wis. Read full book review >

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COWBOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS by Pam Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"The author doesn't always search far enough for the reason why smart women behave like dishrags—but most of these stories are fine things from a writer one hopes will come up with a novel before too many suns sink in the West."
``...I should know better, but I love it when he calls me baby.'' That about sums up the sentiment running through these fresh, highly crafted, image-packed stories by the debuting Houston. Read full book review >

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Released: April 16, 1996

"Sheer entertainment, as fascinating as it is charming. (40 line drawings)"
Tender, anecdotal glimpses of life in the far Canadian north at mid-20th century, from a prolific novelist (Running West, 1990, etc.) and artist. Read full book review >

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CONTENTS MAY HAVE SHIFTED by Pam Houston
Released: Feb. 6, 2012

"Houston is a fine travel writer, but her characters are cardboard cutouts for every cliché of contemporary uplifting women's fiction."
Houston's second novel (Sight Hound, 2005, etc.) combines thinly disguised travel essays with a new age romance as her heroine travels the world with one lover, then more or less settles down for another. Read full book review >

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MAN ON A MISSION by Rick  Houston
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A rewarding story, low-key despite its frank heroics. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Astronaut and physician Hilmers' life has been one of great variety, color and faith—and even a few missteps. Read full book review >

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DEAD HOT SHOT by Victoria Houston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2008

"The ninth in the Loon Lake series (Dead Boogie, 2006, etc.) is a charmingly descriptive look at Wisconsin's north country wrapped around a so-so mystery."
A police chief and a retired dentist team up once more to solve several murders. Read full book review >

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DEAD SPIDER  by Victoria Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2017

"Houston (Dead Loudmouth, 2016, etc.) can always be counted on for detailed depictions of a beautiful area known for fine fishing. This time she adds a better than average mystery as well."
The murder of a wealthy and well-known Wisconsin resident causes major headaches for a small-town police chief. Read full book review >

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A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ME by Pam Houston
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Ultimately, though, when Houston notes that 'my need to write the things that terrify me is matched only by my desire to write the things that surprise and delight,' it's clear that's she's satisfied both requirements. (Author tour)"
A collection of essays, most of which have appeared elsewhere, by novelist (Waltzing the Cat, 1998, etc.) and adventurer Houston. Read full book review >