Search Results: "Leland Myrick"


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MISSOURI BOY by Leland Myrick
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Short, gleeful and precise."
One artist's mild childhood, told in episodic flashes. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 12, 2012

"Highly recommended for genre buffs and newbies alike, this adventure carries readers through a land of magic, laughter and tears."
In the second installment of his Kingdom of Graves fantasy trilogy, Myrick (The Ten, 2012, etc.) delivers high adventure, back-alley espionage and a little bit of romance. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 12, 2012

"An exemplar of storytelling and character-driven adventure."
Graphic novelist turned fantasy author Myrick (Feynman, 2011, etc.) releases the first installment of a promising trilogy that trails an elite warrior as he adventures through foreign lands, weaves magic and vanquishes his enemies. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 12, 2009

"Challenging poetry that's well worth the effort."
An exceedingly unique compendium of brief, formal poems by a talented poet. Read full book review >

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HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE YOU MAKE by John Leland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"In this edifying and often quite moving book, Leland presents the 'lessons' taught by his subjects even as they themselves are learning them, and he does so with an empathy and thoroughness that deserve our gratitude."
New York Times reporter Leland (Why Kerouac Matters, 2007, etc.) chronicles the year he spent communing with the "oldest old," gleaning as much of value about his own life as about those he followed. Read full book review >

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CHASING SPACE YOUNG READERS' EDITION by Leland Melvin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"A detailed picture of astronaut training and work, threaded on a decidedly unusual storyline. (Memoir. 11-14)"
Memoir of an astronaut whose road to space took an unusual twist—through the National Football League. Read full book review >

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HIP by John Leland
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"Codifies underground myths for both academe's cult-studs and the trucker-hat set."
Comprehensive but overwrought account of how American-style coolness became the purported universal ideal. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1994

"Real McCoy'' colloquial voice of a local boarder is forced and obtrusive, breaking the spell, but this is otherwise a nearly flawless American gothic tale."
The life of an isolated couple with a disturbing family mystery is blown apart by an outsider: an Ethan Frome-like novel from the author of The Book of Marvels (1990), etc. Jay Skikey, molested as a boy by an adoptive mother, was also tutored in French and acquired other elegant traits that earn him- -after he becomes a smooth, unflinching killer for the mob—the nickname ``Professor of Aesthetics.'' Then, in 1932, when it comes time for Jay to disappear for a while, he moves to a small-town boardinghouse run by the Farrells—spinster Edna and her brother, Morris, the formerly gorgeous hope of the family who was psychologically shattered in WW I. Now a trackwalker (in his 15 years of service there hasn't been an accident on that stretch of railway line), Morris remembers his two lovers—a hometown boy who died of battlefield wounds in France, and a Frenchman. Read full book review >

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DEFIANCE by Carla Jablonski
FICTION
Released: July 19, 2011

"A crisp, edge-of-your seat historical tale. (Historical graphic fiction. 12 & up)"
A sharp follow-up to Resistance (2010) takes place one year after French teenager Paul Tessier joined the Resistance and helped his Jewish friend Henri escape the Nazis. Read full book review >

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LETTING LOOSE by Christopher T. Leland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"All the highs and lows of those times, revisited by a trio who seem more like stock figures than the scar-bearing bereaved."
Leland (Professor of Aesthetics, 1993, etc.) offers a reprise of the angst and anxieties of the last two decades when three disparate but representative characters look back as the body of a longtime friend is brought home to be buried. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A meandering portrait whose flat, nonchallenging style detracts substantially from the book's effectiveness."
A dry look at late-20th-century feminist leaders in academia, by a psychologist and professor of higher education at UCLA (Astin) and a senior program associate at the Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego (Leland). Read full book review >

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MOTHER TO A STRANGER by Leland Bardwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2003

"Tough-minded and moving."
A pianist is shocked to be found by the son she gave away three decades ago. Read full book review >