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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THE SAINTS OF THE SWORD by John Marco
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2001

"Over to you."
Third installment of Marco's sword-and-sorcery series, Tyrants and Kings (The Grand Design, 2000, etc.), wherein the former spymaster, now emperor, Renato Biagio struggles to preserve his crumbling empire against an alliance of power-grabbers and evildoers. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN DREAMS by Marco Rubio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Readers will know what's coming before they turn the first page—no better or worse than the average politico prose; as to the contents, all will depend on point of view."
Florida senator and conservative hero Rubio (An American Son, 2012) hits the hustings to proclaim a—surprise—right-wing economic platform.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Though he removes much of the romance from the idea of opening a wine store, Pasanella's clear-eyed memoir is a joy to read from beginning to end."
An absorbing look at establishing and managing a wine shop through many difficulties, including the financial downturn. Read full book review >