Search Results: "Maria Dahvana Headley"


BOOK REVIEW

QUEEN OF KINGS by Maria Dahvana Headley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2011

"First of a trilogy, this book, replete with descriptive language and a magical narrative, will appeal to fans of the fantasy genre."
It is not an asp that Cleopatra takes to her breast in this novel. It is Sekhmet, the daughter of Ra, the Sun God, summoned by the distraught queen and thereafter shifting into the form of a viper. Read full book review >

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MAGONIA by Maria Dahvana Headley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 28, 2015

"Striking an uneven balance between gorgeous realism and banal fantasy, this requires readers tolerant of books with split personalities. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
A girl with a rare fatal disease discovers a magical secret about herself. Read full book review >

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AERIE by Maria Dahvana Headley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Though imperfect, a well-paced, cinematic adventure with shape-shifting birds to keep things exciting. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A year after she died and discovered her nonhuman origins, Aza is drawn back into the conflicts between Earth and Magonia (Magonia, 2015). Read full book review >

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UNNATURAL CREATURES by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Light on new material but solid choices overall—recommended for daylight reading only. (author bios) (Short stories. 10-14)"
Gaiman gathers 16 stories featuring magical beasts and monsters—dangerous ones, mostly—as a benefit volume for a creative writing program, 826 DC. Read full book review >

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YARDIE by Victor Headley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 1993

"An exciting debut, then, not without precedent but tough and sharp as nails."
Ghetto-based crime novel that's caused a small sensation in London, where its desktop-computer publication and guerrilla-style distribution have met with impressive sales and reviews. Read full book review >

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SMALL TOWN ODDS by Jason Headley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Sometimes amusing, but a first novel that in the end feels as aimless as its confused protagonist."
A young single father reunites with a lost love and reckons with feeling trapped—as he unwittingly becomes the centerpiece of a not-very-compelling controversy over a high-school football game. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"A densely written defense of the Western tradition."
The case for European civilization as the driving force behind globalization. Read full book review >

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NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL by Justina Chen Headley
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"You may have met your match in Headley. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
The daughter of a verbally abusive cartographer attempts to chart the rugged emotional terrain of her life. Read full book review >

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NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH (AND A FEW WHITE LIES) by Justina Chen Headley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Great voice from a very promising debut. (Fiction. YA)"
A tumble of words flows out of Patty Ho as she tries to figure out how to be 15, and half white, half Taiwanese, hapa, says her buddy Jasmine, the "Asian-ator." Read full book review >

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GIRL OVERBOARD by Justina Chen Headley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Headley brings Chinese history, the implications of wealth and the power of self-acceptance into soft focus, nudging reflective readers to delve deeper after they reluctantly turn the last page. (Fiction. YA)"
Syrah wants to be more than just the daughter of billionaire Ethan Cheng; she used to be a killer snowboarder, until a boy destroyed her trust and a horrific accident ruined her knee. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 2, 1993

"A dull narration that only occasionally flickers to life—but one that, thankfully, doesn't quite obscure Headley's real legacy: his many rightings of injustices along his courageous, committed way. (First printing of 35,000)"
Drab self-rendering of the colorful life of supersleuth Headley, champion of underdogs, who died last year of Lou Gehrig's disease. Read full book review >

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CONTRACT KILLER by William Hoffman
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"The real thing—ugly, savage, unforgettable: an absolute must for true-crime fans. (Photographs—not seen.) (First printing of 125,000)"
Who killed Jimmy Hoffa? ``I pumped two slugs into Hoffa's forehead,'' free-lance hit-man Donald Frankos says here—and that's only one of many murders that ``Tony the Greek'' claims in these cruel, compelling memoirs, told to journalist Hoffman (Doctors on the New Frontier, 1981, etc.) and p.i. Read full book review >