Search Results: "Robert James"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY by Robert James Waller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1992

"The publisher, promising a big push, clearly expects its silly goose to lay a golden egg, and, who knows, maybe it will."
Here's a Hallmark card for all those who have loved and lost: a mushy memorial to a brief encounter in the Midwest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIGH PLAINS TANGO by Robert James Waller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 28, 2005

"About half a book, and pretty thin at that."
Waller (Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, 1995, etc.) brings schmaltz to another plane with this tale of a small prairie town threatened by evil highway developers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Still, he makes a well-reasoned contribution to the scholarly debate that reminds us of the political context in which Truman actually made his decision."
Maddox (History/Penn. Read full book review >

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BORDER MUSIC by Robert James Waller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 1995

"What it is, in fact, is a no-holds-barred romance for men. (First printing of 1,000,000; first serial to Playboy; Literary Guild main selection)"
There's an old John Prine song, ``Spanish Pipe Dream,'' in which the singer meets a stripper who advises him to blow up his TV, move to the country, eat a lot of peaches, and try to find Jesus on his own. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LONG NIGHT OF WINCHELL DEAR by Robert James Waller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Hard knocks in the high desert. Crazy luck—or coincidence—marks this squeaky desert romance."
Waller's nostalgic, low-strumming latest novel (after High Plains Tango, 2005) is a wispy distillation of several hard-bitten voices scratching out a living in the Texas desert. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Well written and well researched, a distinct contribution to the subject, even if land and legal records do not do justice to the agony of the times."
A good academic history of a small community in Ireland whose inhabitants died or migrated to the US during the famine of 1847- 48. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 26, 1995

"Think of Hallmark on steroids, or the stuff they put inside Twinkies. (First printing of 1,500,000; Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
Homo walleriensus goes south of the border in this slight, blandly self-important fable about the Man, the Woman, and the Prince of Darkness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2010

"But overall this is both entertaining and instructive, a welcome follow-up to The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science (2008) and useful for science-fair projects, classroom or recreational group activities and home explorations. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Presented with humor and a bit of ballyhoo, this collection of 50 demonstrations of scientific tools, phenomena and principles includes a description of the history and science behind each topic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLOW WALTZ IN CEDAR BEND by Robert James Waller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 1993

A second wafer-thin romance from the author of The Bridges of Madison County, the debut novel propelled by Wallermania onto the bestseller lists, where it still reigns supreme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY DOG! by Michael J. Rosen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Despite a few oddities, aspiring young dog owners will find useful information here. (Reference. 10- 14)"
A serviceable guide to dog ownership, dog training and popular dog breeds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KATHARINE HEPBURN by James Robert Parish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Parish regards Hepburn more objectively than most of her other biographers, but he comes up with little that is definitive or new—perhaps because of the dearth and deaths of primary sources to document her (sex) life."
To the often-told stories of Hepburn's life, this latest biography promises to add the untold. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIM AND PETE by James Robert Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, despite the excesses and overall shapelessness: some antic instances and vivid nostalgia for pre-AIDS gay life, combined with a pungent depiction of rabid heterophobia."
Baker (Fuel-Injected Dreams, 1986; Boy Wonder, 1988) brings together two gay ex-lovers for a 24-hour swing through the streets and byways of L.A. Sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, and violence: the guided tour is sometimes smartly satirical, sometimes padded with endless pages of dialogue, mind-numbing instances, and predictable types, though a Charlie Manson riff livens up the finish. Read full book review >