Search Results: "Ronald Bayer"


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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"A cold and revealing history of an American archetype, sure to appeal to readers whose lives have been affected by AIDS, and it might do well as required reading in medical school."
A detailed oral history of the first decades of the AIDS epidemic, told from the vantage point of the treating physician. Read full book review >

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WALLFLOWER by William Bayer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"So: by turns enthralling and just plain silly—a spirited but strained miscalculation by an author who more often than not has been right on the mark."
Always an inventive suspense-writer, Bayer outwits himself here with a fractured, Rube Goldberg-like thriller that pits the cop-hero of his first big seller (Switch, 1984) against an unlikely serial killer. Read full book review >

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MIRROR MAZE by William Bayer
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"But despite the foundations of another powerhouse procedural, the yawning gaps and heroic coincidences finally bring the funhouse down. (First printing of 25,000)"
Another dizzying high-wire act from Bayer (Blind Side, 1989; Wallflower, 1991; etc.). Read full book review >

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THE LUZERN PHOTOGRAPH by William Bayer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Nazis, sadomasochism, and psychoanalysis always provide a heady mix, and a little murder thrown in pushes Bayer's latest into the radioactive zone."
Edgar winner Bayer (The Dream of Broken Horses, 2002, etc.) continues his romance with psychoanalysis with a riff on Lou Andreas-Salomé's persona as analyst and femme fatale.Read full book review >

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ANYONE’S LOVE STORY by Daniela Bayer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2011

"A valuable read for those who love poetry and self-help books—and those looking for answers in a world darkened by the absence of love."
Much like life, love is not a destination; by using poetry to depict the stages of the relationship cycle, Bayer writes her way to the answers along that journey. Read full book review >

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THE DREAM OF THE BROKEN HORSES by William Bayer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 5, 2002

"Bayer (Mirror Maze, 1994, etc.) turns the case into something ambitious and penetrating, but also overlong, overwrought, and overlaid with borrowings from sources as different as Vera Caspary's classic noir Laura and Freud's classic case study of the Wolf Man."
Bayer returns from his pseudonymous sabbatical as David Hunt (The Magician's Tale, 1997, etc.) to spin a dizzyingly complex tale of long-unsolved felony. Read full book review >

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CITY OF CHILDHOOD by Valerie Townsend Bayer
Released: March 1, 1992

"Fascinating fragments assembled as a richly Victorian family history, but unlike A.S. Byatt's Possession (to which the publisher compares this), its inability to merge past and present into a dynamic whole weakens it substantially."
A Victorian child's private world is revealed in dark, somber tones—in this densely textured but uneven debut from ex- psychotherapist, antique dealer, and painter Bayer. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 28, 1992

"Contrived of letters, diary entries, and pseudo-published material: a tantalizing hodge-podge of vivid impressions, less fragmented than its predecessor but by no means complete."
In this second installment of the tetralogy Marlborough Gardens, Bayer moves from the tumultuous youth of City of Childhood (p. 3) to the torrid adolescence of Emma Forster—imaginary Victorian novelist and object of worshipful study by two 20th- century women—in the same pretentious, artificial manner. Read full book review >

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THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG by Carole Bayer Sager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An undemanding yet deeply felt memoir of a life lived through melody, lyrics, and the limelight of hard-won fame."
The driven life of an award-winning, hit-producing singer/songwriter. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1995

"A lively if lurid pastiche of detail, incident, and fact that jars rather than jells."
In the third installment in Bayer's projected Marlborough Gardens Quartet (City of Childhood, The Metaphysics of Sex—both 1992), the author's imaginary Victorian novelist—the now-adult Emma Forster—seems a captive creation whose torrid life is merely an excuse for clumsy opinions on sex and history. Read full book review >

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AL by Ronald Stoltz
Released: Feb. 7, 2016

"For some young readers, this level of ridiculousness, along with the unsophisticated illustrations, may make the book a nonstarter, but others willing to embrace the absurd humor will get plenty of giggles.
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In Stoltz's (Deer Run, 2016, etc.) funny and anachronistic picture book, being different can save the day—especially if you're a vegetarian dinosaur. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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