Search Results: "Michael B.A. Oldstone"


BOOK REVIEW

VIRUSES, PLAGUES AND HISTORY by Michael B.A. Oldstone
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"In sum, a somewhat sanitized, professorial account of the ever-fascinating legacy of viral disease on human history. (64 illustrations, not seen)"
Familiar but compelling, the story of mankind's undoing by epidemic infectious diseases never fails to fascinate and appall. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE, FRIENDS by B.A. Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 1993

"Two of these have been published in small literary magazines; the whole, however, is finally disappointing and merely competent- -neither original nor surprising enough to be quite ready for prime time."
The best of these 11 stories about contemporary women involve adolescent rebellion and resentment over the disposition of a will. Read full book review >

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THE ART FORGER by B.A. Shapiro
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Despite a shaky premise, this is convincingly researched, engaging storytelling. Intelligent entertainment."
A cleverly plotted art-world thriller/romance with a murky moral core. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 14, 2012

"An intriguing premise navigated by an affable heroine."
In this trilogy opener, Blackwood pulls readers into the world of fallen angels through the eyes of Ariel, a spunky college freshman. Read full book review >

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THE BREAKDOWN by B.A.  Paris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Paranoid and claustrophobic but tries too many tricks for its own good."
A murder committed on a rainy night on a spooky backwoods road opens Paris' (Behind Closed Doors, 2016) second thriller. Read full book review >

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A.  Paris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An at times tense debut with a clever heroine caught in an overladen plot."
Behind the facade of a perfect English marriage, a woman is held prisoner by her dashing husband. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OBJECT OF VIRTUE by Nicholas B.A. Nicholson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2004

"Earnest exposition, didactic dialogue, preposterous plot: a dull debut."
Nicholson, a former specialist in Russian art at Christies, tries his hand at fiction but doesn't stray too far from his area of expertise. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"In her picture-book debut, Von Buhler skillfully emulates the primitive folk-art style with characteristically solid, straight-mouthed figures and clean, flat lines. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In his first book, in homage to American folk art, Nicholson imagines the story behind the painting Portrait of a Little Girl in a Red Dress with Cat and Dog in the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City. Read full book review >

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Nevada by B.A. Mealer
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Before winding down, an ambiguous plot gives the story its nail-biting tension."
In Mealer's debut thriller, a woman's past relationship puts her in danger when dubious types target her to extract information they're sure she has. Read full book review >

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STICKLEBACKS AND SNOW GLOBES by B.A. Goodjohn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A cozy, richly written delight."
In this magical debut, working-class British council-estate life becomes a sort of quotidian wonderland starring children clever and strange and very real. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Letizia Galli
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Some additional facts are provided at the end, but no specific references are cited. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
In a work subtitled ``The Secret of the Smile,'' readers learn a lot about Leonardo da Vinci, but little about his painting of the woman called Mona Lisa. Read full book review >