Search Results: "Michael W. Kauffman"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2004

"History as page-turner: a fascinating inquest."
Ulysses S. Grant was supposed to be in attendance that fateful night at Ford's Theatre. He managed to be absent. Hmm . . . Read full book review >

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PULLING THE DRAGON'S TAIL by Kenton Kauffman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 15, 2014

"A strong sci-fi debut from a promising new author."
In Kauffman's intriguing sci-fi novel, his debut, scientifically altered human immortals are being hunted down as the world approaches global catastrophe. Read full book review >

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BLUE HOLLOW FALLS by Donna Kauffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A nice story that, while a bit plodding, is fresh in ideas and scenery."
In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, a war vet and a horticulturist share the inheritance of an old mill. Read full book review >

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BABYCAKES by Donna Kauffman
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Despite some flaws, this is a sweet, romantic confection that will have readers rooting for Sugarberry Island and all of its inhabitants but especially for the star-crossed Kit and Morgan, little Lilly and her turtle friends."
Kit and Morgan each come to Sugarberry Island for a fresh start, and despite some major valid reasons as to why they should keep their distance, they simply can't get over the feeling that their new lives go together like frosting on a cupcake. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 1998

An utterly absorbing account of German Jewry from the early 18th century to the Holocaust as reflected in six individuals (five men and one woman) who were ancestors of the author's. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2004

"A strong regional true-crime tale with disturbing noirish undertones and undeniable spiritual flair."
An engrossing examination of an Ozarks triple murder and its strangely sympathetic perpetrator, who avoided execution via the pope's intervention. Read full book review >

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A FOREVER DEATH by Michael W. Sherer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Saddest of all, Ward treats the guest from the opening party sequence, when she finally returns, with a virtuous condescension that makes you just want to slap him."
After a fellow party guest inspires him to a brief, utterly unmotivated spat that's by far the most interesting episode in his humdrum fifth appearance, Chicago freelance writer Emerson Ward (Death Came Dressed in White, not reviewed, etc.) leaves at the behest of his old friend Brady (Puppy) Barnes, a commercial photographer who's in deep trouble. Read full book review >

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ISLAND LIFE by Michael W. Sherer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 19, 2008

"In a shift from his Emerson Ward mysteries (Death is No Bargain, 2006, etc.), Sherer creates a suspenseful tale of a family stressed by the conflicts murder reveals."
Murder nearly destroys a Seattle family. Read full book review >

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GAMELIFE by Michael W. Clune
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Ultimately, Clune remains unconvinced and unrepentant, offering his rebuttal in this provocative book."
A memoir about coming of age with video games, in which the author finds a reality more real than the outside world. Read full book review >

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THE MORNING RIVER by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

"Weaving together realistic characters, authentic dialogue that only occasionally overdoes the frontier dialect, and a historically accurate setting, Gear creates believable fiction that transcends and transforms its predictable plot. (Author tour)"
Gear is better known as the coauthor of several novels set in pre-Columbian North America (People of the Lightning, 1995, etc.), but his first volume in a coming-of-age saga set in 1825 demonstrates a rather formidable individual storytelling gift, his strong theme overshadowing occasional didacticism. Read full book review >

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Could You Be Startin' From Somewhere Else? by Michael W. Shurgot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"An enjoyable memoir of life upstate."
A retired humanities professor looks back on his upbringing in working-class Buffalo, New York, during the 1950s. Read full book review >