Search Results: "Ron Currie Jr."


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FLIMSY LITTLE PLASTIC MIRACLES by Ron Currie Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2013

"Free-wheeling—and at times both moving and hilarious."
A postmodern love story, self-consciously playful in a Vonnegut-ian way. Read full book review >

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THE ONE-EYED MAN by Ron Currie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2017

"Even though the over-the-top ending sputters into a wild tailspin, Currie's caustic humor and deadly sarcastic bite win out."
A Swift-ian morality tale about a land of "hysteria and half-truths." Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING MATTERS! by Jr. Currie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"This vivid novel races and sputters jerkily, but it's an exhilarating ride nevertheless."
The apocalypse, provocatively envisioned with wild invention and irreverent wit. Read full book review >

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GOD IS DEAD by Jr. Currie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 9, 2007

"Very clever indeed: Kurt Vonnegut laced with Louis-Ferdinand Céline."
Bereft and deranged earthlings struggle to adapt to a world without divine guidance in this mordant dystopian fable, its Maine author's abrasively funny first novel. Read full book review >

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THE LONGEST SEASON by Jr. Ripken
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"This one is a winner. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Cal Ripken, Jr. set many records in his baseball career, including one that had been said to be unbreakable: Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games; Ripken played a remarkable 2,632 consecutive games. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Tosses a daunting challenge to educators, social workers, and policy shapers."
Harsh criticism of middle-class American culture, one pervaded by a new form of social Darwinism that places its youth at increasingly high risk for the ills long associated with disadvantaged adolescents. Read full book review >

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THE MASK THAT SANG by Susan Currie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Drawing on her own experience discovering her Cayuga identity, Currie offers a tender, resonant tale. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Fifth-grader Cass Foster's life is altered after her single mother receives an unexpected inheritance that includes a house in a better neighborhood and the relief of a new school where Cass can escape the bullies that have made her life miserable. Read full book review >

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MOSES SUPPOSES by Ellen Currie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Light comedy; sometimes charming, but rarely involving."
A dozen tales of the American Irish—sharp-tongued, silly, and so whimsical they leave nary a memory—by the author of Available Light (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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CLANCY OF THE UNDERTOW by Christopher Currie
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Funny, gritty, absorbing, and occasionally depressing, this is an intriguing if occasionally melodramatic glimpse of a young Australian woman's coming-of-age. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An Australian teen copes with poverty and family problems as she fumbles toward acceptance of her lesbianism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Much fretting—but not much in the way of new solutions."
Another entry in the recent wave of drug-policy books by academics. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Must reading for every politician, teacher, social worker, or social scientist who needs a refresher course on real life."
A powerful collection of conversations between Currie (Sociology and Criminology/UCLA at Berkeley; Confronting Crime, 1985) and teenagers spending time in one of California's juvenile- detention halls. Read full book review >

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THE PECULIAR INCIDENT ON SHADY STREET by Lindsay Currie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Shivers aplenty; just the ticket for a cold autumn night. (Paranormal mystery. 8-13)"
A preteen overcomes fear to solve a century-old mystery. Read full book review >