Search Results: "Leif Parsons"


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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Everyone who really loves books loves bookstores, and anyone who loves bookstores will appreciate this labor of love."
A celebration of the independent bookstore by 84 authors who consider them personally and culturally indispensable and who find the ones they favor thriving and vital, despite common impressions to the contrary. Read full book review >

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NORMAL LIKE US by Leif Peterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"A slyly impressive, poignant collection from a writer with great potential."
A varied, contemporary, character-driven collection of 14 stories infused with personality and life's interminable bounty. Read full book review >

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IN THE SHADOWS OF THE SUN by Alexander Parsons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2005

"Second-novelist Parsons (Leaving Disneyland, 2001) unnecessarily overloads the scales: His sensitive evocation of historical atrocities and a scouring way of life would be affecting enough without the pile-up of misery."
War, dispossession and atomic fallout afflict a decent ranching family in 1940s New Mexico. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 2015

"Occasionally pointed but often disjointed musings on politics, religion, and popular culture."
According to this wide-ranging manifesto, it's time for women to examine men's leadership failures and turn the world around. Read full book review >

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THE RUSSIAN SINGER by Leif Davidsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"The mystery is a bust, then, but Davidsen's Moscow is flavorful, and Jack's East-West dialogues with Russians from brass hats to pimps are worth the price of admission."
Though billed as a mystery, Davidsen's second novel (following The Sardine Deception) works better as a political romance between Jack Andersen, a divorced Danish diplomat posted to Moscow, and Lilli Smuul, cabaret-singer sister of prostitute Vera Smuul, who's been strangled in the apartment of an embassy secretary who lies dead in the bath with her wrists slit. Read full book review >

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SO BRAVE, YOUNG, AND HANDSOME by Leif Enger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Though Becket laments that he 'can't write a(nother) book that anyone will want to read,' Enger has."
A belated follow-up to a popular debut finds the Midwestern novelist in fine storytelling form, as he spins a picaresque tale of redemption and renewal amid the fading glories of the Old West. Read full book review >

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PEACE LIKE A RIVER by Leif Enger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Handsomely written, rich with the feel and flavor of the plains—and suited mainly for those whose yearnings are in the down-home, just-folks style of the godly."
Minnesotan Enger pulls out the stops in this readable albeit religiously correct debut about a family with a father who may be touched by God and a son by the Devil. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 6, 2002

"Frothy and creepy in equal measures."
Frustrated novelist and self-described "Gay-Seeming Straight Male" Ueland is tapped to write a daily dispatch describing his adventures on Playboy's "Playmate 2000" search bus. Read full book review >

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BLOOD OIL by Leif Wenar
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 2, 2016

"A fascinating reframing of large and vexing questions. Highly recommended for policymakers and energy strategists as well as students of contemporary philosophy."
A provocative examination of natural resources, their extraction, and their control. Read full book review >

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RELIGION AND MAN by Leif Guiteau
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2014

"An accessible introduction to the study of world religions."
This slim debut volume offers brief, easy-to-digest summaries of major religious belief systems. Read full book review >

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STILL WATERS by Ash Parsons
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 21, 2015

"An uneven debut, but Parsons shows real promise with Jason's characterization. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A down-on-his-luck teen is made an offer he can't refuse. Read full book review >