Search Results: "Mark Baker"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BAKER by Paul Hond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"A bright Beaujolais of a book: fresh, optimistic, and sophisticated enough to satisfy on many levels."
A debut novel that transforms the terror of working-class, inner-city race relations into an upbeat examination of love, loss, and father-son bonding. Read full book review >

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BAKER TOWERS by Jennifer Haigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Almost mythic in its ambition, somewhere between Oates and Updike country, and thoroughly satisfying."
An elegant, elegiac multigenerational saga about a small coal-mining community in western Pennsylvania that shows how talented she really is. Read full book review >

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JOSEPHINE BAKER by Alan Schroeder
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 29, 1991

"Useful for assignments, but not as memorable as his earlier book. (Biography. 10+)"
A workmanlike entry in the ``Black Americans of Achievement'' series. Read full book review >

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MISSING MARK by Julie Kramer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2009

"Nicely done, if not groundbreaking, with a likable heroine in an intriguing profession."
TV investigative reporter Riley Spartz has an instinct about stories, and the unexplained disappearance of a groom-to-be gets her juices flowing. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 20, 2001

"A coffee-table volume that someone might actually read—and enjoy. The wonders of Burns and Company never cease. (110 b&w and 40 color illustrations)"
What comes after baseball, the Civil War, and jazz? Mark Twain, of course. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Disappointing."
Lackluster account of the vicious murder of a soldier that became the basis for the 2007 film In the Valley of Elah. Read full book review >

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WALTER THE BAKER by Eric Carle
FICTION
Released: March 22, 1972

"The splashy tissue-paper collages of coarsely comic peasant figures and a cozy half-timbered town are as pointlessly hybrid as the tale."
Beginning invitingly with "warm smells" of bread, rolls, cakes, tarts and cookies (and a cat perched on a red-brick oven) Walter the baker's story ends lamely when he invents the pretzel in answer to the duke's demand for a roll containing "the rising sun, the noontime sun and the setting sun" (the pretzel, Walter explains, has three holes through which the sun can shine). Read full book review >

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D.A. by Mark Baker
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"Stark and direct, Baker's interviewees present a compelling, unvarnished look at the grim reality of America's criminal justice culture."
Baker, author of half a dozen books (Bad Guys, 1996; Sex Lives; 1994, Cops, 1985; etc.) has given us the frank, often brutal views of cops and criminals on life and the criminal justice system. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Fun for men to check themselves out, and for curious women to have a look—and could soar high on the crest of the men's movement."
One hundred men speak anonymously and candidly about their ``core issues.'' Here, Baker continues his oral-report format of 'Nam (1981), Cops (1985), and Women (1989)—with mixed results. Read full book review >

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BAD GUYS by Mark Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"Well-observed and at times depraved, this is a unique account of the current prison population."
Career criminals telling their stories, wiseguy-style. Read full book review >

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SEX LIVES by Mark Baker
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 1994

"No more insightful than a heart-to-heart in a cappuccino commercial: Baker's subjects often parrot what the media tells them about themselves even as they live the contradictions in its message."
One hundred confidential reports on the sexual experience in America—no more thrilling a tale than one would expect—by the author of That's How Men Are (1991), Women (1989), and Cops (1985). Read full book review >

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BODY ON BAKER STREET by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Remarkably, the heroine, who is often indeed annoyingly like Sherlock Holmes, manages to solve the mystery without alienating all her friends."
A sleuthing bookstore owner may be too clever for her own good. Read full book review >