Search Results: "Samuel Park"


BOOK REVIEW

THIS BURNS MY HEART by Samuel Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2011

"Protagonist Soo-Ja's story will enthrall in this first-rate literary effort."
A captivating debut novel from Chicago-based author Park. Read full book review >

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DAVID SAMUEL LEVINSON
by James McDonald

“I'm just furious,” David Samuel Levinson says, agitation lending his voice both energy and an edge. “I'm furious that we have to talk about this in 2017.” It was less than a month into the new administration when we discussed his novel, Tell Me How This Ends Well, and the dangerous implications for minority groups of ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FIRST SNOW by Bomi Park
by Bomi Park, illustrated by Bomi Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Readers will find themselves longing for the season's first snow, too. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little Korean child celebrates the titular first snow. Read full book review >

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MICK HARTE WAS HERE by Barbara Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 1995

"By the end of the book, readers miss him, too. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's always difficult reading about the death of a child, especially when he's ``one of the neatest kids you'd ever want to meet.'' That's how Phoebe Harte, 13, describes her slightly younger brother Mick, in a poignant story by a writer more associated with making readers laugh (Maxie, Rosie, and Earl—Partners in Grime, 1990, etc.) than cry. Read full book review >

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THE HIDDEN WORLD by Paul Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"What we end up with is not so much an unreliable narrator as an unreliable viewpoint, and there's far too much going on for most readers to sort out. Still, fans of the previous volumes won't be disappointed."
Fourth and final installment of Park's fantasy (The White Tyger, 2007, etc.) set in an alternate world where Roumania battles Turkey in the trenches of an otherworldly World War One. Read full book review >

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A GIFT OF THE EMPEROR by Therese Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"War crimes against women are memorably described here, but, sadly, by characters that seem more like one-dimensional witnesses than vibrantly complex fictional creations."
Newcomer Park offers a graphic but stilted addition to the growing fiction (Nora Okja Keller's Comfort Woman, p. 161; Paul West's The Tent of Orange Mist, 1995, etc.) about Japanese exploitation of thousands of Asian women during WW II. Read full book review >

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PERSONAL DAYS by Ed Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2008

"Kind of like if Office Space ended with scenes from the Kevin Costner vehicle Mr. Brooks."
An entertaining, if slightly disappointing, debut. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2011

"Smooth, soft-centered confection that goes down with a smile."
Two Washington, D.C., siblings, disillusioned with life and love, join forces to realize a sweetly successful venture. Read full book review >

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WAGA'S BIG SCARE by Samuel Hiti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"The ending may leave younger or more sensitive readers unsettled, so save this slim, adrenaline-fueled tale for those who crave a true, if ephemeral, fright. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Waga is a monster that is mean, tricky and possesses the "biggest scare." But when Waga loses that scare, the monster's very existence is in jeopardy. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOWS WE KNOW BY HEART by Jennifer Park
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 14, 2017

"An appealing debut for romance fans and readers willing to suspend disbelief. (Romantic fantasy. 12-16)"
For years, Leah has stolen out at night to the forest abutting her East Texas home to set out apples on a tree stump, then hide and watch three giant, hairy Bigfoot lumber out and consume her offering; this time, the visitors include a human boy. Read full book review >

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THE NORTHERN WIND by Therese Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2012

"An espionage adventure that focuses more on its protagonist's emotions and concerns than on James Bond-style aspirations."
In the 1960s, a teenage girl is caught between North and South Korea when she agrees to be a spy for Seoul and go behind enemy lines in Park's (When a Rooster Crows at Night, 2004, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >