Search Results: "Kris Saknussemm"


BOOK REVIEW

ZANESVILLE by Kris Saknussemm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2005

"Visually stunning even without a single illustration, but the dense writing in this exuberantly weird, rambling tale calls for ready and willing readers."
An amnesiac with powers that amaze even him crosses a hyper-commercial continent in search of his identity and any other answers he can dig up. Read full book review >

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SEA MONKEYS by Kris Saknussemm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A wonderfully warped grab bag of memories from a wilder and weirder time."
Noted cult writer Saknussemm's (Reverend America, 2012, etc.) darkly funny, offbeat memoir of growing up around San Francisco in the 1960s. Read full book review >

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PRIVATE MIDNIGHT by Kris Saknussemm
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2009

"Off-the-wall strange and surreal—and definitely not recommended as a Mother's Day gift."
A narrative that moves from a noirish hard-boiled detective novel to a fantasy of sexual transformation, an uncomfortable journey for the first-person narrator and for the reader. Read full book review >

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ENIGMATIC PILOT by Kris Saknussemm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2011

"Manifest Destiny meets magic realism."
Ripe with symbolism, conspiratorial metaphors and fabulist intents, Saknussemm's third novel (Private Midnight, 2009, etc.) is an allegorical American frontier experience. Read full book review >

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SACRED ANIMALS by Kris Waldherr
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The pictures convey a dreamy world in which the natural and supernatural are not so far apart—but collections like Mayo's Mythical Birds and Beasts from Many Lands (1997) offer better-told stories and deeper insight. (Folklore. 9-12)"
Using "sacred" in a very broad sense, Waldherr (Harvest, not reviewed, etc.) pairs luxuriant, romanticized portraits of 16 creatures (three of which are mythical) with related folk lore from diverse cultures, paraphrased legends, and bits of natural history. Read full book review >

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SMOKE FILLED ROOMS by Kris Nelscott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2001

"You don't need to be a fan of private-eye novels to admire Smokey: You just need a conscience."
Now squeezed in with his friend Franklin's family, filling in as a security guard at Chicago's Conrad Hilton and hiding behind the name Bill Grimshaw, private eye Smokey Dalton hopes he's found a safe place to hide himself and ten-year-old Jimmy, the young boy he spirited out of Memphis after he witnessed Martin Luther King Jr.'s killing and was menaced by the real assassins (A Dangerous Road, 2000). Read full book review >

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THIN WALLS by Kris Nelscott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"Black, white, or polka dot, everybody needs a friend like Smokey to fight bigotry from those in power, those grabbing for power, and even those seemingly powerless."
Chicago in the '60s is not quite the haven he hoped for when p.i. Read full book review >

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ONE LIFE TO LOSE by Kris Ripper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"A sweet, different kind of love story that brings new light to a murder mystery four books in the making."
An independent theater owner meets two young men who take his breath away, but a murder in La Vista has everyone on edge. Read full book review >

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BATTLE CRY by Kris Power
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2014

"An experience-based Christian guide for overcoming turmoil through prayer and faith."
Power, a Christian mother, offers her first autobiography, a self-help book to provide solace to other Christian women in a difficult, challenging world. Read full book review >

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BUDDHA IS A GREETER AT WALMART by Kris Neely
Released: March 15, 2017

"A warm and disarming new approach to embracing Zen in the real world."
A guide to Buddha and Zen emphasizes accessibility above all. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"Still, the author excels at factual accounts, and this could be grist for a TV movie. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A meticulous but flat case is made here for a wrongful first- degree murder conviction. Read full book review >

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THE SLEEPY HOLLOW FAMILY ALMANAC by Kris D'Agostino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2012

"D'Agostino's fiction debut winningly describes the millennial generation exploring the borders of love and responsibility."
Cancer. An overdue mortgage. An unexpected pregnancy. All weigh upon Calvin Moretti, film-major graduate, special-education teacher assistant and vaguely guilty semi-slacker. Read full book review >