Search Results: "Michael Weems"


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BORDER CROSSINGS by Michael Weems
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A tightly scripted thriller with an unusually well-developed main character."
When a college student vacationing in Cancun is abducted, her parents turn to a friend to help find her. Read full book review >

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THE GHOSTS OF VARNER CREEK by Michael Weems
Released: Aug. 10, 2011

"A well-crafted balance of history and supernatural mystery."
At 87, Solomon "Sol" Mayfield is taken on an otherworldly journey to discover what really happened to his family. Read full book review >

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HA! by Scott Weems
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2014

"Many readers will squirm at the obligatory account of the author's effort at stand-up comedy, and they may roll their eyes at his earnest, if scientifically impeccable, advice for using humor to fight disease, make friends and influence people, but most will enjoy this stimulating overview of what researchers have learned about why we laugh."
Books analyzing humor are an extensive genre and invariably humorless. Despite a generous selection of jokes, few readers will laugh their way through this latest effort, but they will not be bored as neuroscientist Weems eschews philosophy in favor of hard science. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL NESMITH
by Nick A. Zaino III

Michael Nesmith’s first big job in the music industry didn’t make much sense to him. He was hired—along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork—to be part of a rock and roll band on television called the Monkees. It would change his life in ways he couldn’t quite comprehend. He addresses this in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An ...


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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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ÉDOUARD LOUIS
by Rhett Morgan

In 2014 at the age of 22, Édouard Louis published his first novel, The End of Eddy, in France and caused a sensation in the French press. Like another recently celebrated European author, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Louis takes directly from his own life to craft bleak images. Also like Knausgaard, he came under intense media scrutiny as investigative journalists sought ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CAR GOES FAR by Michael Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"An inviting, accessible title for new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Garland's little red car invites children along for a ride to reading success. Read full book review >

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ELECOPTER by Michael Slack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"'Go, Elecopter! Go!' (Picture book. 2-5)"
Who keeps the savanna and its animals safe? Elecopter! Read full book review >

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CAT TALE by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Smart and accessible, charming and witty, this is one for educators and adventurers alike. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Hall cleverly plays with homophones in this diverting word adventure. Read full book review >

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IN THE SMALL by Michael Hague
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2008

"This extremely anomalous ending offers only the vaguest of hints toward further explanation, possibly in a sequel, and will leave readers scratching their heads, if not thoroughly disgusted. (Science fiction/graphic novel. YA)"
Vibrant art is incongruously juxtaposed against a poorly executed story line. Read full book review >

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DOLPHIN BOY by Michael Morpurgo
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A happy tale that carries the now almost contrarian idea that good deeds indeed are, occasionally, properly rewarded. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The renowned team's newest collaboration celebrates a collective act of kindness. Read full book review >