Search Results: "Peter J. Manos"


BOOK REVIEW

Dear Babalu: Letters to an Advice Columnist by Peter J. Manos
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A witty, enjoyable distraction."
Manos' (Lucifer's Revenge, 2012) silly, irreverent book covers a lot of weird ground, including implants in teenagers' heads, gurus and magic berries. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Obvious and therefore easily overlooked, Wallison's interpretation of the Reagan style has a credible ring, whether or not one agrees with Reagan's agenda. (10 b&w photos)"
Erstwhile White House counsel Wallison earmarks the reasons for his former boss's success as president, seeking to reveal the heart of how Reagan governed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IRIS MURDOCH by Peter J. Conradi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Illuminating, but as the author himself suggests, it's the beginning of the discussion about Murdoch's life, not the end. (50 photos, not seen)"
A long but selective biography that focuses on the distinguished British novelist as an expert on love, emphasizing her many affairs and intense friendships. 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

A GOOD FAMILY by Peter J. Smith
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Despite some flat patches, then, a dead-on portrait of family unhappiness."
A somewhat stiff but nonetheless poignant meditation on a hard-drinking WASP family's unrealized promise and collective denial, by the author of Make-Believe Ballrooms (1989) and Highlights of the Off-Season, 1986. ``Jam'' Knowles, almost 40 and recently separated from his wife, breaks into the island home, off the southeastern coast of New England, where he summered as a boy to spend a few days with his memories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"A well-delineated albeit depressing portrait of America's present guiding political philosophy."
A learned and lively political harangue insists that America's recent foreign-policy failures are the result of conservative principles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACK TO SCHOOL, PICKY LITTLE WITCH! by Elizabeth Brokamp
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"School-supply battles like this one aren't likely to occur among the picture-book set: skip. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A back-to-school shopping trip highlights the differences in style between a young witch and her more conservative mother. Read full book review >

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EVERYBODY BRINGS NOODLES by Norah Dooley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Add it to the menu. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A neighborhood celebrates America's birthday by sharing its ethnic dishes in this latest of the Everybody series (Everybody Serves Soup, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >