Search Results: "Kevin R.C. Gutzman"


BOOK REVIEW

THOMAS JEFFERSON—REVOLUTIONARY by Kevin R.C. Gutzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Written in academic prose, this book, which shows Jefferson to be a man of his times, brilliant yet flawed, will appeal primarily to scholars."
Just how revolutionary and radical was Thomas Jefferson? Read full book review >

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JAMES MADISON AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA by Kevin R.C. Gutzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A well-considered and -written biography of this gifted Founding Father's many contributions to the early republic."
Authoritative account of the public career of James Madison (1751-1836). Read full book review >

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SPINNING STARLIGHT by R.C. Lewis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Ideal escapist fare. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Lewis follows up Stitching Snow (2014) with another entry into the burgeoning genre of fairy-tale adaptations, riffing romantic space opera off Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans."Read full book review >

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STITCHING SNOW by R.C. Lewis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A fine addition to the ever popular subgenre of fairy-tale adaptations. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
"Snow White" gets an upgrade in this clever, surprisingly gritty science-fiction version. Read full book review >

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STEEL WOMBS by R.C. Lindholm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2017

"An uneven but often enjoyable thriller."
In this debut novel, an American geologist spends part of his retirement investigating a strange science project in Mexico. Read full book review >

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THE SOLDIER by R.C. Binstock
Released: May 16, 1996

"Still, between Binstock's stylistic virtuosity and the ample psychological insights lodged in Phillip's story—and in those of many of the marginal characters—there are substantial rewards in this ambitious if flawed novel."
Second-novelist Binstock follows the elegant Trees of Heaven (1995) with a disheveled exploration of weighty matters: familial attachment and loss, and the complex architecture of a writer's inner world. Read full book review >

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UNFAMILIAR MAGIC by R.C. Alexander
ANIMALS
Released: April 27, 2010

"Still, this is an entertaining, quick read full of romance, shopping and magic. (Magical adventure. 12-14)"
Alexander's debut mixes a comical magical adventure with a light-hearted teen romance within a contemporary setting. Read full book review >

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TREE OF HEAVEN by R.C. Binstock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1995

"A first novel unrelenting in its rendition of wartime cruelty, but tempered with a bracing reminder that deep human feelings can and will sprout from scorched earth."
A haunting captor/prisoner love story set during the Japanese occupation of China, by the author of the story collection The Light of Home (1992). Read full book review >

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THE ELORIAN CONSCRIPT by R.C. Seidler
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 22, 2011

"A strong plot and a sure sense of direction overcome the rough spots, making Seidler's debut an enjoyable read."
All politics are local, even when entities are separated by millions of light-years, a point driven home by Seidler's debut novel, a galaxy-spanning space opera where most of the action is planetbound and the strong central hero no longer knows who he is. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 30, 1995

"Raack's conclusions may sometimes run ahead of the available evidence, and he may make insufficient allowance for the difficulty the Allies opposing Soviet expansion faced, but this is a useful corrective to much naive, uninformed, and ideologically blinkered history."
A revisionist look at Stalin's foreign policy up to and during WW II that confirms most of the harshest judgments about it, and then some. Read full book review >

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Halo by R.C. Stephens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"From first kiss to major plot twist, this romance novel offers two solid love stories for the price of one."
A teenage love affair, a wounded soldier, and the joys of motherhood make for a sweet romance about new beginnings. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 1997

"The writers generally approach their subject from an avowedly left-wing perspective, and the writing is in places obscure and jargon-laden; however, the authors do a service in exploring a topic too little examined but fraught with importance for modern American cultural life."
A collection of original essays on the troubling impact of government policies and the Cold War on the American university. Read full book review >