Search Results: "Marek Fuchs"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Justice prevails in this focused true-crime drama."
A brutal unsolved murder case is cracked after 20 years of silence. Read full book review >

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RIDE LIKE THE WIND by Bernie Fuchs
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An engaging depiction of a unique slice of American frontier history. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Having just embarked on his leg of the Pony Express, young rider Johnny Free is pursued by Paiute Indians and eventually rescued by his loyal horse in this compelling tale set in the Nevada desert. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A DAD by Jake Fuchs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1998

"Fuchs's debut novel is a low-rent Berkeley Compromising Positions that's stronger on milieu—especially the heroine's domestic life—than on plot."
Bullying little tykes, the little tykes— victims, and whining parents pleading every excuse under the sun for some extra accommodation—all the everyday crises Maren Matthews is used to dealing with at the Hillside School get elbowed aside by the discovery of Caleb O'Boyle's father Malcolm, bashed to death on the cornmeal table. Read full book review >

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ALL BACKS WERE TURNED by Marek Hlasko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 1991

"Nihilistic but compelling."
A somber but accomplished novel of pervasive brutality and violence, in a place as hopeless and hellish as Devil's Island, from the late Polish Beat-writer and dissident Hlasko (Killing the Second Dog, 1990). Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A PROF by Jake Fuchs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 2001

"Two installments into his Nursery School Murders series, Fuchs seems mired in the sandbox, his notion of satire limited to poking fun of foreign accents, detailed descriptions of hyenas' genitals, and endless repetition of the word 'farties.'"
It's a wonder that Berkeley teacher Maren Matthews (Death of a Dad, 1998) doesn't just throw herself off the jungle gym at Hillside Nursery School and end it all. Read full book review >

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IN LUCIA'S NEIGHBORHOOD by Pat Shewchuk
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Good intentions and appealing artwork can't overcome the vague descriptions and generic flavor of this narrative. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This Canadian import, adapted from an animated film, is an earnest effort to paint a positive picture of an urban neighborhood. Unfortunately, it fails to bring the narrator and her surroundings to life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"It didn't come cheap, but Fuchs has achieved a beautiful balance of humor and tragedy—all wrung from the same mess of real life."
Wry account of a once-alienated daughter who becomes ever more entwined with her mother as the older woman makes a memorable decline. Read full book review >

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THE MANUSCRIPT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

"Any comparison to a bestseller involving a certain Code is purely coincidental."
A debut novel from British author Fuchs involving guns, blackmail, computers, unfathomable corruption and angry young Taoists, all part of a bloody quest for a mysterious manuscript. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHAMPIONS by Bill Littlefield
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Reading list; index. (Biography. 11-14)"
A penetrating study of five men and five women who provide ``images of excellence,'' both in and out of the spotlight. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The City and the Fields by Marek Breiger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Essential for the development and reassessment of language-arts curricula in California schools."
A broad debut survey of a century's worth of Golden State writing. Read full book review >

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THE END OF THE WORLD IN BRESLAU by Marek Krajewski
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 2, 2013

"In the second of Mock's five adventures translated into English (Death in Breslau, 2012, etc.), darkly atmospheric writing and complex characters draw the reader into a vividly depicted era of modern history."
In decadent 1920s Germany, a dutiful but haunted detective unravels a pair of bizarre murders as his personal life crumbles around him. Read full book review >