Search Results: "Preston Randall"


BOOK REVIEW

PRESTON FALLS by David Gates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1998

"The tumult of marriage on the rocks rings true, but otherwise there's too much yuppie angst and too little human interest for this to be appealing."
A sputtering marriage stalls when a p.r. flack takes a break from the job and kids to fix up the family's vacation home in upstate New York, in this painfully slow successor to Gates's debut, Jernigan (1991), a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Read full book review >

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THE BREWER OF PRESTON by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Fans of Camilleri's long-running Inspector Montalbano series (Angelica's Smile, 2014, etc.) will be familiar with his brand of lusty lunacy, carried here to a degree that rivals Boccaccio."
In 19th-century Sicily, a cornucopia of craziness surrounds the première of an opera buffo in a small music-loving town.Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 26, 2011

"A coming-of-age story with plenty of sting, where love is not only blind, but it blindsides."
Murray charts a lustily tormented story of first love and heartbreak. Read full book review >

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The Unheralded King of Preston Plains Middle by Jedah Mayberry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2013

"More than just a complex coming-of-age story, this potent book makes an indelible impression."
In this debut novel, two brothers remain close until a tragic death rocks their family. Read full book review >

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The Happy Life of Preston Katt by J.J. Zerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2015

"A detailed portrayal of an everyday sailor that rings true."
A young man finds a second home in the military, as well as a purpose in life, in Zerr's (Noble Deeds, 2013, etc.) realistic story of naval warfare during World War II. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 15, 2012

"A collection that will demonstrate either the limitations or the possibilities of flash fiction, depending on the reader's perspective."
When you'd rather have a quick shot of fiction than linger over a long tale, knock back one of these 20 very short stories—plus one artwork—on love, sex, and relationships. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2004

"Yeomanly treatment of a man who 'wanted desperately to make his fortune but was seduced by the quest for knowledge.' (65 b&w illustrations, 12 maps)"
Rich with incident and novelty, the life of a swashbuckler whose exploits and writings impressed generations of readers, including Darwin and Humboldt, though he's little remembered today. Read full book review >

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THE KRAKEN PROJECT by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Something like E.T. roaming the Internet to save the world, complete with an empathetic kid on a bicycle."
Preston's (White Fire, 2013, etc.) third Wyman Ford adventure sends the investigator chasing after Dorothy, who happens to be an element of artificial intelligence gone rogue. Read full book review >

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THE SCRAPBOOK OF FRANKIE PRATT by Caroline Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Lighter than lightweight but undeniably fun, largely because Preston is having so much fun herself."
Selecting from her own collection of period mementos, Preston (Gatsby's Girl, 2006, etc.) creates a literal scrapbook for a young New Hampshire woman coming of age in the 1920s. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A careful study, obviously sympathetic to the Republican cause but generally evenhanded."
Searching study of the role of the press in shaping world opinion about the Spanish Republic and its enemies—a role that, regrettably, was not enough to stir world leaders to action. Read full book review >