Search Results: "Ken Stark"


BOOK REVIEW

STARK by Edward Bunker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 3, 2008

"Ellroy's introduction pronounces this fledgling effort, presumably written around 1970, 'a prophecy of the fine writer Mr. Bunker would become.' Strike 'fine,' exactly the wrong word for Bunker's real gifts, and that description is spot-on."
This recently discovered first novel by Bunker (1933-2005), who wrote his way out of prison with a series of tough-guy novels and memoirs (Education of a Felon: A Memoir, 2000, etc.), hints at both the accomplishments and the limitations of his later work. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"This flaw notwithstanding, fine fare for young history buffs. (afterword) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
From April 3 through April 9, 1865, the last important battles of the Civil War were fought as the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia fled from Petersburg and Richmond, followed closely by the Army of the Potomac, which trapped them at Appomattox. Read full book review >

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OH, BROTHER! by Ken Stark
by Ken Stark, illustrated by Ken Stark
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"A chewy contribution that ought to turn the heads of a few young readers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Stark and his brother Phil make the most of their straitened circumstances in this memoir of growing up in the Midwest during the 1950s. Read full book review >

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STARK REALITY by David Poulos
Released: April 26, 2011

"A one-sided but entertaining, inventive actioner."
Special-ops honchos choreograph one meticulous caper after another to find a kidnapped arms dealer in this boisterous thriller. Read full book review >

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ORPHAN TRAIN by Verla Kay
by Verla Kay, illustrated by Ken Stark
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"These beautiful, impressionistic illustrations deserve a more appropriate text. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Preteen Lucy and her two younger brothers David and Harold are orphaned in a large Eastern city in the late-19th century and chosen to be riders on the orphan train. Read full book review >

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NEVER SAY STARK NAKED by Marjory Bassett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The fairy-tale ending and many romantic conventions will be hurdles for some readers, but the heroine's fidelity to her roots gives her a compassion that seems unmistakably genuine."
Returning for her debut to a more genteel, innocent age—when a beautiful working girl could leave Kansas for Manhattan and find fulfillment—the 81-year-old Bassett finds the charms (and the liabilities) of that vintage romantic premise. Read full book review >

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SEEING THE ELEPHANT by Pat Hughes
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"All the more effective for its restrained tone, this will leave readers with the insight that no side in a conflict has a lock on right or wrong. (afterword) (Picture book. 8-10)"
In a tale loosely based on fact, a Pennsylvania lad's attitude toward war is transformed when he sees some of its effects. Read full book review >

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STARK RAVING NAKED by Richmond Lewis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An often entertaining novel that might have benefited from a hearty edit."
Lewis' debut novel, a farcical mystery, pits an immature newspaper reporter against an angry, conservative town. Read full book review >

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GROWING SEASONS by Elsie Lee Splear
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2000

"An idyllic picture of a wholesome, white, midwestern farm family. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Born on an Illinois farm in 1906, Splear describes a hard-working but satisfying life as one of four sisters in a tenant farming family. Read full book review >

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THE FILE ON ANGELYN STARK by Catherine Atkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Still, the ample white space created by long stretches of dialogue and the provocative topic make this an ideal selection for reluctant readers. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A troubled teen tries to tell a truth no one wants to hear in this problem novel told almost exclusively in dialogue. 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 >