Search Results: "Ron Powers"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"A revelatory work with a great deal to say about the mythology, history, and future of the American Dream."
An extraordinary dissection by Powers (White Town Drowsing, 1986, etc.) of the plight and attempted resurrection of two small towns: Cairo, Ill., ``a violent, sorrowful little town'' perhaps breathing its last; and Kent, Conn., a ``prosperity-stricken'' rural town struggling to maintain its identity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"This hybrid narrative, enhanced by the author's considerable skills as a literary stylist, succeeds on every level."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Powers (Mark Twain: A Life, 2005, etc.) presents two searing sagas: an indictment of mental health care in the United States and the story of his two schizophrenic sons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Three narrative strands that never fully come together."
Powers (The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle, 2001, etc.) waxes nostalgic for his long-gone youth in Hannibal, Missouri, a place he shared "with a god of American literature," Mark Twain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"There are 20 pages of chapter notes, but this biography is too good to be confused with literary criticism. Powers calls out 'mark twain' and leads us on Samuel Clemens's dangerous, poignant, and delightful voyage against the current."
An eloquent portrait of the American Renaissance's greatest writer as a young man. Powers is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of eight books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2007

"A stirring adventure, smoothly recounted."
The story of Confederate raider Shenandoah, which preyed on Yankee shipping in an epic round-the-world voyage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2001

"Not great literature by any means, but likely to interest students of aerial warfare and WWII history."
A memoir of high-altitude warfare by a well-known figure in WWII history. Read full book review >

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RON POWERS
by Megan Labrise

When Kelly Rindfleisch wrote the words, “No one cares about crazy people,” she never dreamed Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author Ron Powers would read them. 

“I cannot describe to you the emotion, the shockwave, that hit me when I read that quote,” says Powers, author of No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

TARA'S TIARA by Mark Powers
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Slight missteps with puns and humor do not detract from this charming children's fantasy that deftly integrates real-life facts about an important ecosystem."
The natural world of the redwood forest and a fantasy world of fairy-like creatures combine in Powers' children's tale of a treasure quest and justice served. Read full book review >

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MY DAY WITH NUMBERS by Christine Powers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"A companion volume, My Day with Animals, is in the same format. (Picture book. 1-5)"
``One child'' puts on ``two slippers'' and is greeted by ``three muffins'' at breakfast, then uses ``four crayons'' to make ``five drawings,'' and so on through a day that ends with ``nine books'' and ``ten yawns'' (labeled with Arabic numerals in their one appearance here). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CONFESSIONAL by J.L. Powers
FICTION
Released: July 10, 2007

"11 world revisiting issues of nationalism and prejudice makes this tale relevant to modern audiences. (Fiction. YA)"
Strained racial tensions snap after a student's violent death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUNFLOWER by Martha Powers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A hardcover debut that puts a harder edge on Mary Higgins Clark's early thrillers (Sheila has an active sex life, and so, regrettably, does the killer) but can't compete with the original's narrative drive."
For two years the Wisconsin town of River Oaks has been terrorized by somebody the press is dying to call the Goldilocks Killer because he preys on fair-haired young girls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE DAYS TO NEVER by Tim Powers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Not exactly a shapely construction—but, as Shakespeare's Othello might say, there's magic in the web of it."
Middle Eastern power struggles, the structural integrity of the space-time continuum and the secret life of Albert Einstein are among the ingredients blended with Machiavellian cunning by prizewinning fantasy author Powers (Declare, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >