Search Results: "Marilyn Mona Hoffer"


BOOK REVIEW

FREEFALL by William Hoffer
Released: April 18, 1989

Terror in the skies as a disabled Canadian Airlines 767 hurtles toward earth: another effective thrills-and-chills spectacle from disaster master Hoffer (coauthor of Not Without My Daughter and Midnight Express; author of Saved!: The Story of the Andrea Doria), here writing with his wife, a free-lance journalist. Read full book review >

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ADAMS V. TEXAS by Randall Adams
NON-FICTION
Released: June 18, 1991

"A chilling, forthright account of a Kafkaesque nightmare, rendered with a remarkable lack of resentment."
In a shocking and absorbing narrative, Adams, a former inmate on death row, recounts his wrongful conviction for murder in 1976, his 13 years in a Texas prison, and the protracted legal and political battle to free him. Read full book review >

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WARRIORS IN EDEN by Mariano Gagnon
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"A moderately gripping story of a modern-day hero, despite the warts. (Photos)"
A Franciscan missionary battles drug-runners and Shining Path terrorists on behalf of Peruvian Indians: a story competently told with the help of the Hoffers, specialists in coauthoring tales of Third World trauma (Midnight Express, Not Without My Daughter). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"A good introduction to a watershed sports event that often reads like a book-length SI article—breezy, entertaining and not too deep."
Sports Illustrated senior writer Hoffer (Jackpot Nation: Rambling and Gambling Across Our Landscape of Luck, 2007, etc.) chronicles the racially charged 1968 Olympics. Read full book review >

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HEADSCARVES AND HYMENS by Mona Eltahawy
NON-FICTION
Released: April 21, 2015

"Although Eltahawy's passionate book contributes to the struggle against women's oppression, in the face of endemic misogyny, the potential for revolution seems chillingly remote."
The plight of women in the Middle East. Read full book review >

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A REGULAR GUY by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

With a bestselling debut (Anywhere But Here, 1987) followed by a shaky sequel (The Lost Father, 1991), Simpson has a lot riding on her latest effort—which proves to be a challenging but less-than- riveting saga of a girl who finally meets her larger-than-life father but has difficulty getting his attention. Read full book review >

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Under the African Sky by Mona Sehgal
Released: July 16, 2016

"A quiet but winsome African tale, in which ordinary landscapes and animals become extraordinary."
In this debut middle-grade novella, a young New Yorker's trip to South Africa takes a rousing turn once he accepts an elephant's invitation to a wondrous pond. Read full book review >

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BOUTS OF MANIA by Richard Hoffer
NON-FICTION
Released: July 8, 2014

"Plimpton or Mailer it isn't—not even Cosell. Still, fans of the sweet science should enjoy this shaggy yarn of a bygone contest and era."
Former Sports Illustrated senior writer Hoffer (Something in the Air: American Passion and Defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, 2009, etc.) turns in a sprawling piece on the "riotous roundelay" that was the battle of three boxers for the world championship. Read full book review >

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OIL SPILL: DISASTER by Mona Chiang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Consider this one only for a short-term stopgap. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In an obvious case of "rush-to-publish," a general account of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill's first month or so is filled out with information about how oil is refined and used in manufacturing, alternative sources of energy, a profile of two Indiana middle schoolers who studied the role of grasses in removing contaminants from industrially polluted soil and four truncated interviews with energy and wildlife scientists working for various research organizations. Read full book review >

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CASEBOOK by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"A clever twist on a shopworn theme by a top-shelf novelist."
A child of divorce turns private eye in the latest well-observed study of domestic dysfunction from Simpson (My Hollywood, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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OFF KECK ROAD by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2000

"Before it finally finds its groove, though, the slow pace and soft diffusiveness try the patience."
A short, quiet novel moves very slowly through uneventful lives in the 1950s. Read full book review >