Search Results: "Marco Ventura"


BOOK REVIEW

THE AMAZING AIR BALLOON by Jean Van Leeuwen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Van Leeuwen brings him brilliantly back to life. (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Based on a true story, Van Leeuwen's (Lucy Was There . . . , 2002, etc.) latest effort imagines the experience of 13-year-old Edward Warren, the sole passenger aboard America's first manned hot-air balloon, launched in 1784, a year after the Montgolfier brothers flew their balloon in France. Read full book review >

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FOOD by Piero Ventura
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A series with much realized promise and all sorts of potential. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Much anticipated additions to the series of books that track a particular phenomenon through its historic changes: Houses and Clothing have already appeared, to which are now added Food and Communication. Read full book review >

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The Youngest Son of a Millionaire by Paul Ventura
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"A ruminative but sometimes-confusing memoir."
A debut chronicle of one man's outrage about the American justice system. Read full book review >

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NIGHT TIME LOSING TIME by Michael Ventura
Released: March 24, 1989

From the author of the nonfictional Shadow Dancing in the U.S.A. (not reviewed) comes this woolly account of an aging rock-and-roller that far surpasses a similar recent effort by Marcelle Clements (Rock Me, 1988). Read full book review >

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THE JACKAL OF NAR by John Marco
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 9, 1999

"An absorbing, deftly plotted, forgivably overlong debut with promising character developments and a well-rounded, satisfying end."
Jumbo fantasy, the first of a series entitled Tyrants and Kings, from newcomer Marco. Read full book review >

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SMARTEST GUY IN THE ROOM by Marco Zappia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2013

"A pleasant read that espouses the merits of dedication and gives thoughtful advice to burgeoning editors."
Former video editor Zappia's debut memoir gives readers a look behind the scenes of some of America's iconic TV shows. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

Dr. Dolittle meets Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as a father and son show signs of mental breakdown, and zoo animals talk. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF FRANK SINATRA by Michael Ventura
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Ventura punctuates his narrative with lots of gangster how- to's and some tiresome conspiracy riffs, none of which compensates for a sluggish story."
Ventura's typically overwrought prose (The Zoo Where You're Fed to God, 1994, etc.) here competes with the recent spate of films about the same subject—that modern-day Babylon in the desert, Las Vegas. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 31, 1999

"A lighthearted exploration of word games; the puns are refreshingly original and the humor is genuine. (Picture book. 4-8)"
PLB 0-06-026221-4 Geese Find The Missing Piece (48 pp.; $14.95; PLB $14.89; Aug. 31; 0-06-026220-6; PLB 0-06-026221-4): The school room gets a whole new look and sound with the Maestros' engaging blend of witticisms and art. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND THE OLIVE GROVE by Marco  Vichi
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 2013

"As the corpses pile up, Bordelli's ennui gets increasingly hard to sit through, even though it's only his second outing."
Inspector Franco Bordelli (Death in August, 2012) tracks a serial killer as only he can. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"For fashion mavents and Barbie fans alike, a nostalgic trip down memory lane. (First printing of 250,000; Literary Guild selection; $100,000 ad/promo)"
Remember "After Five"? Read full book review >