Search Results: "Ken Geist"


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WHO'S WHO? by Ken Geist
by Ken Geist, illustrated by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"This serviceable bedtime story will find the most appeal with families of multiples and brother/sister pairs. [Note: An earlier version of this review was published in the July 1, 2012, issue and cited a concern based on a preliminary copy of the book. We publish herewith this revised review, as the problematic text was removed in the final, edited version.] (Picture book. 1-5)"
A classic counting rhyme is subjected to a lackluster treatment in this retelling that focuses on twins. Read full book review >

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THE THREE LITTLE FISH AND THE BIG BAD SHARK by Ken Geist
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Great for educators teaching comparisons, and for ocean lovers. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This aquatic update on the classic pig story is sure to enthrall readers young and old. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1992

"Haute. (Line drawings throughout.)"
From the owner-chef at L.A.'s La Toque restaurant, a selection of recipes for food that the publishers describe, accurately enough, as fresh and sophisticated American-French cuisine. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN FREAK SHOW by Willie Geist
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A mostly bipartisan satire that caters to the lowest common denominator on both sides."
Chat-show host takes aim at American celebrity culture and modern politics. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1992

"Mildly amusing but more often strained or contrived; for a more serious, detailed look at Little League coaching, see Paul B. Brown's My Season On the Brink (reviewed above)."
A wry look at the perils of coaching Little League baseball in suburban New Jersey, this sporadically funny report by CBS correspondent Geist is a composite of ten seasons with unpredictable eight-to-ten-year-olds, rabid parents, and knavish rival coaches. Read full book review >

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WHO DO YOU LOVE by Bill Geist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1999

"Honest, competent work from a good writer who's at her best when she avoids formulaic situations and takes us inside her characters' painstaking explorations of themselves and whomever they love, or think they love."
An uneven collection of 15 new or recent stories from the midwestern novelist and storywriter (The Gasoline Wars, 1979; Little Face, 1984). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"Sporadically amusing but wholly dispensable."
A random walk through the entrepreneurial outskirts of postindustrial commerce and show biz with a tour guide whose spiel has a nasty edge to it. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"Heavy on bad-boy behavior and sports, the book should come with a six-pack of cheap beer. A quick read that is not for everyone."
Two veteran raconteurs face off to cover over four decades of family myths and legends. Read full book review >

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THROW LIKE A GIRL by Bill Geist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"One of the best contemporary short-story writers in peak form."
In her fourth collection of gritty, grueling stories, the Illinois author (City Boy, 2004, etc.) emerges as something very like America's Alice Munro. Read full book review >

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WIDE BLUE YONDER by Bill Geist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Somebody is going to make a terrific movie out of Wide Blue Yonder. It's a pretty terrific novel."
The unsparing realism displayed in Thompson's story collections The Gasoline Wars (1979) and Who Do You Love (1999) is blended with a new (and very welcome) warmth and humor in her bighearted third novel: it reads like a journey into Anne Tyler country, with Thomas Berger and John Irving along for the ride. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Still, this is way funnier than Modern Maturity."
The 50-year-old Baby Boomers are coming! Read full book review >

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CITY BOY by Bill Geist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"An overfamiliar tale, redeemed considerably by solid writing and sobering empathy."
A would-be writer's painful journey toward self-understanding, as seen in this thickly plotted fourth novel from veteran Thompson (Wide Blue Yonder, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >