Search Results: "Sacha Z. Scoblic"


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UNWASTED by Sacha Z. Scoblic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A dryly witty, spirited memoir of an abandoned life of drink and what it might have cost."
The affinity of writers to liquor is legendary, even a cliché. Departing from the usual, New York Times columnist Scoblic presents a memoir of her happy sobriety. Read full book review >

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Sustainable Fitness by Z. Altug
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"A thorough, well-researched, and practical fitness book."
A health and fitness guide that goes far beyond basic mantras to deliver a complete method for improvement in even the smallest aspects of daily life. Read full book review >

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DECODED by Jay-Z
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 16, 2010

"Heartfelt, passionate and slick—an essential hip-hop book."
Hip-hop's renaissance man drops a classic. Read full book review >

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TALES OF THE HAUNTED DEEP by Brenda Z. Guiberson
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Perfect fare for reading by flashlight. (index, extensive bibliography) (Folklore. 9-11)"
Guiberson (Spotted Owl, 1994, etc.) ventures into Daniel Cohen territory with these riveting, if briefly told, tales of lesser-known ghosts, sea monsters, and haunted pirate treasure. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"This is a well-balanced look at the controversy surrounding conservation attempts, perhaps even more balanced than Guiberson intends. (Illustrations, not seen) (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Guiberson (Salmon Story, 1993, etc.) gives a fine account of the plight of the spotted owl and the ancient forest, as well as that of the loggers and their communities. Read full book review >

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VENGEANCE IS MINE by Reavis Z. Wortham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"More wacky characters, complications, scandals and fatalities than a year's run of your favorite tabloid."
1967. Thimble-sized Center Springs, Texas, misses out on the Summer of Love but not, evidently, on one single other incident in this overstuffed shoot'em-up. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2002

"Readable and near-comprehensive. Those inclined to anticapitalist views may take issue with Muller's assurances that things seem to go better with free markets, but his far-reaching survey provides grist for many mills."
A thoughtful study of European responses, pro and con, to the steady ascent of capital, and of an intellectual preoccupation with the capitalist economy that has endured for centuries. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Amusing and timely."
A sociological exploration of America's obsession with the supersized lifestyle. Read full book review >

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CALLED BY A PANTHER by Michael Z. Lewin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 1991

"Despite an oddly inconclusive ending, a good time is had by all, especially smart-talking, dumb-acting Samson and his readers."
Albert Samson, Indianapolis's most likably raffish private eye (Out of Season, etc.), returns after a too-long sabbatical to take on two cases: tailing socialite Charlotte Vivien for her possessive, marital-minded protÇgÇ, tame poet Quentin Quayle (who begins by asking Samson to vet his story about his fictional wife being murdered—a device to clear the way for the nuptials), and—more important— locating a bomb stolen from the Scum Front, a gang of toothless environmental terrorists, before its new owners depart from Scum Front protocol by blowing it up. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 29, 2012

"Despite its conventionality, young fantasy fans will likely enjoy this novel and take away lessons about different cultures."
A 10-year-old boy from another planet time-travels around Earth as he tries to track down his missing parents. Read full book review >

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HADES by Mark Z. Danielewski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"For fans only. From this installment, it's hard to see how Danielewski will keep up the narrative energy to bring the story to a close 20 volumes from now—but readers deep into the series will be wanting more all the same."
"Envy is not a vewy laudable twait." No, Elmer Fudd hasn't gone to work for Mossad, but he wouldn't be out of place in this sprawling-by-formula continuation of Danielewski's (Honeysuckle and Pain, 2016, etc.) modern epic. Read full book review >