Search Results: "Peter J. Heck"


BOOK REVIEW

HECK by Dale E. Basye
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2008

"In tribute to old Blackbeard, who puts the 'scurvy dogs' to work in one scene, rate this 'Arrrrrgh.' (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When a 20-foot-tall marshmallow bear explodes at the Mall of Generica in Kansas, young Marlo and Milton are killed and sent to Heck, where "the souls of the darned toil for all eternity—or until they turn eighteen, whichever comes first." Read full book review >

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DEATH ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Peter J. Heck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"The first of a planned trilogy by longtime Kirkus reviewer Heck."
Faced with bankruptcy after a series of disastrous investments, Samuel L. Clemens, a.k.a. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCE AND THE PROSECUTOR by Peter J. Heck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Meaty fare for fans of the quasi-historical, with nicely done period detail and atmosphere."
Third in this Kirkus reviewer's series (Death on the Mississippi, 1995, etc.) featuring Samuel Clemens at the height of his fame as Mark Twain, his young Yale grad secretary, Wentworth Cabot (who narrates), and a voyage by ship. Read full book review >

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A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN CRIMINAL COURT by Peter J. Heck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Packed with casual racists, unregenerate Civil War veterans, superstitious rationalists, and poseurs of every stripe—exactly the sort of colorful cast that brings its satiric hero's famous talent for unmasking pretension into brilliant relief."
His 1894 lecture tour takes Sam Clemens, a.k.a. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

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PETER by Kate Walker
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"David, a wiser head, comfortable with his preference, one who can offer physical affection without sexual overtones; and, in Peter, a realistically distressed teenager who is finally able to muster enough perspective to weather his crisis. (Fiction. YA)"
When he finds himself attracted to his older brother's gay friend David, Peter is plunged into the kind of sexual uncertainty many young men feel. Read full book review >

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HECK SUPERHERO by Martine Leavitt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 2004

"The lightness of her language yet carries a moving story of a spunky kid who learns he has to live in the real world. (Fiction. 12-14)"
This splendid comedy-drama about a 13-year-old boy who finds himself on the streets when his incapable mother abandons reality, will appeal to both reluctant and serious readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOLIDAYS IN HECK by P.J. O’Rourke
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Red meat for his fans, unlikely to convert new ones."
The prolific cultural commentator offers a miscellany of (mostly) travel pieces, a follow-up of sorts to his collection of war journalism, Holidays in Hell (1988). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEMIMA J by Jane Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"Slightly unpredictable story development saves this from exactly duplicating the vast mound of similar feel-good modern fairy tales for women, but it lives in the same neighborhood."
An overweight woman turns from ugly duckling to swan in British novelist Green's American debut: a tale that offers plenty of engaging plot twists but not much substance. Read full book review >

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J. EDEN by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1996

"Terrific takes on time's rush, with a touch of that personal enlightenment offered to a certain generation of moviegoers by The Big Chill—but less glib."
Reedian thoughts about life, marriage, middle age, and children when three couples, their kids, and a close friend spend the summer lumped together in a New England farmhouse. Read full book review >

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OSCAR J by Sherlene Adolphe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"A compassionate guide that can help parents and kids with tough questions."
A debut book steers young readers and their families through experiences of loss. Read full book review >

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PETER JENNINGS by Kate Darnton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Evocative glimpses of a sorely missed class act."
A warm tribute to the Canadian high-school dropout who anchored ABC's World News Tonight for 22 years. Read full book review >