Search Results: "Michele Stephenson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A practical and impassioned parenting guide."
With the assistance of Beard (Health First!: The Black Woman's Wellness Guide, 2012, etc.), independent filmmakers Brewster and Stephenson examine concrete ways black parents can enhance their sons' potential for success in a world prejudiced against black males. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Plenty of comic twists and crude details (nose picking, drool, cat sticking out its tongue) overflow the pages, making a droll romp out of many a young boy's fantasies. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his "faithful, fearless cat, Envelope," set off for a really BIG adventure. Read full book review >

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BRAVEMOUTH by Pamela Stephenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"More fan fodder, enlivened by Billy's witty observations."
Further incisive revelations distinguish actress-turned-psychologist Stephenson's follow-up to her perceptive biography of husband Connolly (Billy, 2002), a noted Scottish comedian and actor. Read full book review >

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CRYPTONOMICON by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1999

Stephenson's prodigious new yarn (after The Diamond Age, 1995, etc.) whirls from WWII cryptography and top-secret bullion shipments to a present-day quest by computer whizzes to build a data haven amid corporate shark-infested waters, by way of multiple present-tense narratives overlaid with creeping paranoia. Read full book review >

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THE CONFUSION by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2004

"Packed with more derring-do than a dozen pirate films and with smarter, sparklier dialogue than a handful of Pulitzer winners, this is run-and-gun adventure fiction of the most literate kind."
Stephenson's Baroque Cycle grows streamlined in a hefty but propulsive second volume. Read full book review >

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DANCING WITH ELVIS by Lynda Stephenson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A fine first novel and an author to watch. (Fiction. 12+)"
Every night after saying her prayers, with posters of Jesus and Elvis looking down on her, 14-year-old Frankilee Baxter thinks about murdering Angel Musseldorf. Read full book review >

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THE BIG U by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1984

"Some obvious campus appeal—but readers no longer living in dorms (and many of those still on campus) will probably find this merely repetitious, labored, and awfully dumb."
A terminally cute 1980s campus novel—as first-novelist Stephenson blends imitation-Thomas Pynchon with imitation Animal House: Apocalypse Meets the Practical Joke is the primary motif. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Tedious and tendentious. ($35,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
An overly broad roundup of crimes committed by men, topped off with some partly useful theorizing on what to do about them. Read full book review >

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THE DIAMOND AGE by Neal Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 16, 1995

"All of this is staggeringly inventive and meticulously detailed, but, lacking a coherent plot and set forth in an irritatingly vainglorious style, it's ultimately soulless and uncompelling."
Stephenson (Snow Crash, 1992) imagines a 21st century in which molecular machines (nanotechnology) can create any desired object or structure. Read full book review >

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QUICKSILVER by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"An incorrigible showoff, Stephenson doesn't know when to stop, but that's a trifle compared to his awe-inspiring ambition and cheeky sense of humor."
First in a trilogy about vagabonds and alchemists in Baroque Age Europe. Read full book review >

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Released: May 26, 1988

Although Stephenson credits the hard-boiled detective novels of James Crumley as the spiritual spark plug for this antic thriller, these adventures of an ultrahip sleuth who tracks ecological crooks owe more to the comic iconoclasm of Richard Farina and William Kotzwinkle—and the immature campus high jinks of Stephenson's own The Big U (1984)—than to Crumley's knowing, semitragic ironies. Read full book review >