Search Results: "Kevin Starr"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Complete with anecdotal particulars and big-picture perspectives, a stunningly effective chronicle of a vanguard state's coming of age. (25 halftones, not seen)"
A first-rate, vivid, verbal diorama of the varied events that formed and reformed California during the convulsive decade before WW II, from the state's librarian and author of Inventing the Dream (1985, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A penetrating addition to an altogether splendid series, which (thanks to the broad appeal of its subject matter and period) could prove a breakout book."
The fifth volume in Starr's grand and wide-ranging history of California (Endangered Dreams, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 6, 2010

"In design and execution, every bit as worthy of the bridge it celebrates."
By California's foremost historian, a paean to perhaps "the most beautiful bridge ever built." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

"An unfailingly interesting, highly readable contribution to Starr's grand series, which is drawing to a close. (Readers still have Starr's take on the 1960s to look forward to; the next volume, he's threatened, will be called Smoking the Dream.)"
In which Starr brings his magnificent, multivolume series Americans and the California Dream, the product of a quarter-century of work, up to the present. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIGHTS OUT by Jason Starr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"Noir fiction has long mired ordinary guys in impossible situations. Starr's distinctive contribution is to make virtually everyone involved seethe with resentment from the opening scene. The result is scorching."
Starr raises the stakes from his usual sour-noir entries (Twisted City, 2004, etc.) by making his entire cast despicable. Read full book review >

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SAVAGE LANE by Jason Starr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Clumsy prose and a dull plot that's anything but erotic."
Starr throws everything from scheming wives to child rape to crabs (and not the type one finds on a restaurant menu) into his latest effort. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 2010

"An uneven but well-documented mix of forensic science, narrative nonfiction and criminal psychology."
Important developments in 19th-century forensics and criminal justice are interwoven with the killing spree of French serial killer Joseph Vasher. Read full book review >

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THE FOLLOWER by Jason Starr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 9, 2007

"As in his first seven novels (Lights Out, 2006, etc.), Starr updates the noir playbook by making every single character as unappealing as last night's cigarette smoke."
Starr's latest walk on the sour side stakes out his heroine between an insensitive lout and a murderous sociopath. Read full book review >

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COLD CALLER by Jason Starr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"Starr's unsettlingly funny debut, running as hot and cold as Bill's moods, is just the thing for fans who miss the acid noir that Jim Thompson dispensed in The Grifters."
In the two years since he got fired from his job as vice president at a New York ad agency, Bill Moss has made ends meet by a part-time telemarketing job for the grandly named American Communications Association. Read full book review >

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K.D. LANG by Victoria Starr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Fans will have to turn back to lang's music to restoke their ardor, but they'll have learned a lot here."
Though Starr fails to develop great intimacy with her reticent subject, her biography, the first of the gifted pop star, will delight lang's legions of fans. k.d. lang is the androgynous lesbian animal-rights activist with the incredible voice who has captured mainstream success against all odds. Read full book review >