Search Results: "Michael W. Austin"


BOOK REVIEW

RULES OF THE UNIVERSE BY AUSTIN W. HALE by Robin Vaupel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"The science doesn't explain it, and while the philosophical arguments about the rules of the universe both amuse and entice, the message never becomes fully clear. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this not-quite-science-fiction novel that plays with the many facets of the life cycle with gentle wit, a 13-year-old budding scientist comes across a mysterious star-like object that can reverse or accelerate the aging process in plants and animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MICHAEL by Henry Flesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Amen."
Flesh's X-rated debut novel, the Lambda Award-winning Massage (1999), told of life at the bottom of Manhattan's gay subculture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Woodruff combines swift pacing, historical detail (Harriet Tubman makes an appearance), humor, suffering, depth, and precise characterizations, for wholly satisfying page turner. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Readers don't have to have read Dear Levi (not reviewed) to enjoy this sequel, a gripping historical novel that covers two boys' journeys from innocence to manhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 22, 2011

"A blend of humor and thought-provoking content guaranteed to stimulate readers' intellect."
An unexpectedly fun collection of essays exploring the link between coffee and philosophy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2000

"Hartigan depicts Wilson as not only an organizational genius, but also as an amazingly resilient, largely appealing, and otherwise immensely interesting human being."
A readable, informative, succinct, respectful, but nonreverential biography of Bill Wilson (1895-1971), the guiding spirit and organizer of Alcoholics Anonymous, the hugely successful (millions of members in 140 countries) Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOST IN AUSTIN by J.R. Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Ripley also writes as Glenn Meganck, another name to avoid."
Disbarred lawyer Tony Kozol (Skulls of Sedona, not reviewed), who ekes out a living as a so-so guitar player, considers himself lucky to have landed on the cross-country tour with Clint Cash and the Cowhands when real guitarist Brian Love breaks his arm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELÉCTRICO W by Hervé Le Tellier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Delicate handling of deep themes—loss, missed connections, meaninglessness—gives the novel an emotional charge greater than its low-key particulars and pacing."
A French journalist and a Portuguese photographer find they have some uncomfortable things in common in this latest from Le Tellier (Enough About Love, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

W IS FOR WEBSTER by Tracey Fern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A fascinating look at the determination and vision that led one man to create an essential resource. (author's note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Noah Webster's path to creating his iconic dictionary is brought to life in this picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHANGING MICHAEL by Jeff Schilling
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"Like the main character, not as smart as it thinks it is. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen provocateur decides to befriend and help a social outcast. Read full book review >