Search Results: "Sally H. Jacobs"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2011

"A thorough study of a subject who is hard to pin down—a welcome, evenhanded addition to the lively literature surrounding President Obama's genealogy."
A pioneering, full-scale biography of President Obama's father, a promising but troubled man. Read full book review >

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A HANDFUL OF KINGS by Mark Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Either too short or far too long: all setup and terribly little payoff."
A kidnapping brings together a spy, an acclaimed novelist, and a diplomat—in a less-than-thrilling thriller. Read full book review >

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THE PLAN by Bernard Jacobs
Released: Dec. 31, 2011

"An engaging, conspiracy-laden tale with a frightening premise."
In this action-packed thriller, a charismatic American president with a secret agenda sets in play a global war against radical Islamists. Read full book review >

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Released: June 10, 2012

"Fans of historical fiction may especially appreciate this entertaining recreation of Schubert's life; familiarity with the composer and his music is not a prerequisite."
Jacobs' historical novel details the life of Franz Schubert. Read full book review >

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THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"A lightweight but endearing and nimble look at how pursuing absurd extremes can illuminate the more mundane aspects of contemporary existence."
Esquire editor at large Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically, 2007, etc.) continues his unique brand of immersion journalism. Read full book review >

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COMFORT FOOD by Kate Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Not quite as satisfying as the title would lead us to expect."
The lives and loves of a TV chef, her daughters, neighbor and associates all receive a makeover in this lighthearted but sometimes sagging romantic problem-solver. Read full book review >

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THE LIBERATION OF LITTLE HEAVEN by Mark Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 1999

"Sometimes unfocused and rambling, but, still, these sensitive insider's stories give a vivid glimpse of a country that may always come across as foreign."
Thirteen stories in a second collection, mainly set in Paraguay, by US diplomat and novelist Jacobs (A Cast of Spaniards, 1994; Stone Cowboy, 1997). Read full book review >

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DARK AGE AHEAD by Jane Jacobs
NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 2004

"Crisp, entertaining, scholarly, scary."
Social philosopher Jacobs (Systems of Survivals, 1992, etc.) warns that the collapse of Western Civilization is in the cards, unless we start reshuffling our economic, cultural, and political decks with alacrity. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 19, 2016

"A readable and neatly paced examination of recent history that sheds light on even more recent events."
Political economist Jacobs (Woodrow Wilson Center/Princeton Univ.; Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America, 2005, etc.) considers the effects of the 1970s OPEC embargoes on subsequent politics.Read full book review >

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PARADISE FALLS by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 15, 2012

"Jacobs (The Next Victim, 2007, etc.) gives her story good bones, then swathes it in layers of brooding introspection and musing on family dynamics that muffle its punch."
The abduction of a teenaged girl sends a happily blended family into a tailspin. Read full book review >