Search Results: "Louis B. Jones"


BOOK REVIEW

CALIFORNIA'S OVER by Louis B. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"Jones performs an act of alchemy here, burnishing the bitter and petty betrayals of an era with a lyrical anguish that makes Steve's aching regret feel universal. (First printing of 25,000; author tour)"
The struggles of the proudly eccentric family of a once-famous poet who's committed suicide lie at the heart of this kaleidoscopic comedy, which dazzlingly illuminates the exact moment when the '60s disintegrated into terminal narcissism and gave birth to today's entropic culture. Read full book review >

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INNOCENCE by Louis B. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2013

"Body and soul get equal consideration in a novel that confounds expectations of what will be revealed and concealed; perverse, perhaps, but undeniably piquant."
A characteristically quirky fourth novel from Jones (Radiance, 2011, etc.) explores how plastic surgery propels a middle-aged minister-turned-realtor into losing his virginity and contemplating marriage. Read full book review >

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PARTICLES AND LUCK by Louis B. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"An elementary background in theoretical physics, while not required, would be helpful."
A pivotal 24 hours in the life of a yuppie physicist whose neighbor persuades him that their condos are in danger of being seized by a faceless corporation in a bizarre legal action. Read full book review >

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THE (SHORT) STORY OF MY LIFE by Jennifer B. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Not a first purchase, but also not a bad one. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Sixth-grader Michael Jordan resents having to keep a journal for language arts; he has nothing to say about his life. Read full book review >

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AFTER THE RACE by Michael B Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2014

"A gloomy, sometimes-alarming tale of alcoholism, one that questions whether a drunk can blame the drink or his own wickedness."
Jones' somber first novel is the story of a man whose alcoholism weighs on his own life and the lives of his family, particularly his teenage son. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 28, 2008

"The hardened voice of experience, steely and honest."
L.A.'s South Central ghetto, reduced to cliché in a raft of books, movies and rap songs, is seen afresh in this harrowing yet hopeful memoir. Read full book review >

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DEAR MRS. RYAN, YOU'RE RUINING MY LIFE by Jennifer B. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"They'll be rooting for Henry as he deals with the unexpected curve balls life throws him. (Fiction. 9-11)"
All's fair in love and war as a young boy conspires to set his mom up with his school principal in this engaging debut from Jones. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 30, 2004

With uncommon brio, Thimmesh traces the course of women in the modern international political arena, profiling with even-handed admiration pivotal figures, from Susan B. Anthony to Condoleezza Rice and Benazir Bhutto, who have left, or are leaving, "a lasting footprint—whether it be pointy-toed and spike-heeled or rubber-soled and loosely laced—on the very bedrock of America" and the world. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Essential reading about a moment of surpassing political and moral importance."
With the assistance of filmmaker and Huffington Post contributor Connelly, Jones, who was present at the creation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, revisits the forces that generated the 1963 March on Washington and that animated the speech that now represents an entire era. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 1995

"Perhaps we live in an age overly obsessed with the smallest details of the self, but just too much of this account exists at the surface level of facts, sight substituting for insight. (5 photos, 9 illustrations, 4 maps)"
A clunky memoir by a Japanese-American doctor recounting his work with survivors of the atomic bomb. Read full book review >

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE FOR KIDS! by Jimmy Hawkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Fans of the film will find this a wonderful treat to add to their seasonal ritual. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The actor who played the youngest son in the classic film It's a Wonderful Life here creates a sequel of sorts, focusing on his character of Tommy Bailey, now 11 years old. Read full book review >

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PETIT JEAN by William B. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The intense regional focus means the book will appeal mainly to visitors to the area and teachers of Arkansas history. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 7-11)"
A young Frenchwoman masquerades as a boy in order to accompany her fiance to the New World in 1732. Read full book review >