Search Results: "Mark Hess"


BOOK REVIEW

DRUMMER BOY by Ann Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 1998

"Lovely realistic illustrations make vivid the lessons of the story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
An appealing Civil War story about a 13-year-old boy who proved to himself that he was useful, despite the opinion of his father: "Pa said I wasn't much use, not like my brother, Jed, who left before me." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A perceptive, accessible tribute to freedom. (historical note, sources) (Picture book/historical fiction. 6-9)"
Ned, a fictional boy, meets Thomas Jefferson, who's staying at his mother's boardinghouse while he's writing the Declaration of Independence. Read full book review >

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MARK SUNDEEN
by Megan Labrise

Writing about the simple life proved anything but for immersive journalist Mark Sundeen.

His original manuscript—an unadorned account of three couples who, in varying ways, have opted out of everyday American consumerism—was accepted and revised when he withdrew it from publisher Riverhead Books.

“I had a close friend read it, call me, and say, I stopped reading at page 175 ...


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BOOK REVIEW

TICKLED TO DEATH by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 16, 1994

"There's more, much more, in this quagmire of a plot, bogged down with paper-thin characters, heavy-handed whimsy, a denouement that defies belief, and a heroine who grows ever more unappealing. (Author tour)"
A ninth adventure for Farberville's nosy bookstore owner Claire Malloy (Poisoned Pins, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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OUT ON A LIMB by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 11, 2002

"A lot more antic than Claire's usual fare, though fans looking for a more successful mixture of mystery and farce should wait for Hess's next dispatch from Maggody, Arkansas, miles and worlds away from Claire's Fayetteville."
Bookseller Claire Malloy (A Conventional Corpse, 2000, etc.) knows when her daughter has a real problem and when she's just acting like a teenager. Read full book review >

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BUSY BODIES by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 19, 1995

"Die-hard fans may accept the frenetic plotting; others will direct heartfelt sympathies to Lieutenant Peter Rosen."
Farberville, Ark., home to Claire Malloy (Tickled to Death, 1994, etc.)—queen of the busybodies, owner of the local bookstore, and mother of wearing teenager Caron—is agog over the antics of bankable Houston artist Zeno Gorgias. Read full book review >

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PRIDE V. PREJUDICE by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2015

"Even a dreamboat husband and a dream house don't seem to satisfy Claire, whose sulky sense of amour-propre makes her teenage daughter, Caron, seem mature."
Bookseller Claire Malloy (Murder as a Second Language, 2013, etc.) gets pissed off at a local prosecutor. Read full book review >

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THE GOODBYE BODY by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 18, 2005

"A deluge of puzzlement, somewhat unevenly distributed, but leavened as always by Claire's ready wit."
Claire Malloy (Out on a Limb, 2002, etc.) house-sits for a friend who turns out to be one shady lady. Read full book review >

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COLD WAR CANOE CLUB by Jeffery Hess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2017

"With his finger firmly placed on soldiers' wartime experiences, the author delivers a potent, thrilling collection of sharply drawn tales."
A group of stories provides military melodrama and trouble galore. Read full book review >

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murder@maggody.com by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Mary's Mead."
It looks as if, for once in his sorry life, Jim Bob Buchanon, beetle-browed mayor of Maggody, Ark. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

"A resourceful guide but not nearly as frugal as the title suggests."
Advice for fashionistas who want to save money. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

Culinary historian Hess (coauthor, The Taste of America, 1977- -not reviewed) explores the rice cooking of South Carolina, where that food has been and is a ritual staple. Read full book review >