Search Results: "Shawn Vestal"


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DAREDEVILS by Shawn Vestal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"This debut novel captures the flailings and flights of hapless dreamers with prose that throbs like the strings of an electric bass playing its sad heart out in a near-desolate landscape."
The 1970s, that most unjustly derided of decades, is evoked with intimate detail in this coming-of-age story set in an American West that is expansive with possibility yet constrained in imagination. Read full book review >

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GODFORSAKEN IDAHO by Shawn Vestal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2013

"Plainspoken stories filled with profound ambivalence and occasional flickers of redemption."
A provocative and revelatory debut, filled with stories about losing faith and trying (often in vain) to find purpose, mainly set amid the sparsely populated Mormon country of the rugged Northwest. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A learned and ingenious book, likely to be influential in the history of humankind's relationship with the environment. (65 illustrations, maps)"
A dense but highly readable illustrated history of fire's role in the forging of European civilization. Read full book review >

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SHAWN LOVES SHARKS by Curtis Manley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Fun, quirky obsessions nurtured and celebrated. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Shawn knows just about everything there is to know about sharks, but friendship proves a little trickier to grasp in Manley and Subisak's collaboration. Read full book review >

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THE VESTAL VANISHES by Rosemary Rowe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Rowe's Roman Britain mysteries (Requiem for a Slave, 2010, etc.) feature complex puzzles intertwined with historical detail; her latest offers some clever twists sure to please."
The disappearance of a Vestal Virgin is cause for alarm. Read full book review >

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SHAWN AND KEEPER SHOW-AND-TELL by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2000

"After all, 'they were the best of friends.' (Fiction. 4-7)"
A lively easy reader in which the author takes a page from Letterman's stupid pet tricks and the illustrator captures the hilarity. Read full book review >

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YOU ARE NOT THE ONE by Vestal McIntyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A disaffected new voice that doesn't offer a lot of depth and warmth."
Ranging from sour and superficial to occasionally moving, an uneven eight stories treat urban gay angst, for the most part, by a newcomer published in Open City. Read full book review >

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WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORWOOD by Shawn Sheehy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"An auspicious debut, imparting a worthy message in playful language and harmonious, sophisticated paper design. (Informational pop-up book. 6-9)"
Seven big, multileveled pop-up versions of animal-built homes or other structures highlight nature's interconnectedness. Read full book review >

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BECAUSE I STUBBED MY TOE by Shawn Byous
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"An eye-tickling, cacophonous vocabulary builder. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Byous explores the domino theory—and they all fall down—to comic effect. Read full book review >

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PANTHEON by David Shawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"An action-packed story trying hard to be edgy; hard-core supernatural action fans will eagerly grab hold."
Greek mythology, vampires and strange spiritual energies forge an unholy mix in this second installment of a ruthless tale of blood, murder, power and betrayal. Read full book review >

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DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH by Shawn Colvin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2012

"Ultimately, there's too much 'Of Meds and Men' and too little of the music that made Colvin popular."
A chatty, but only occasionally enlightening, life story from the confessional singer-songwriter. Read full book review >

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Nomadin by Shawn Cormier
Released: Aug. 27, 2010

"This novel casts a fresh spell for fans of the boy-wizard genre."
In this YA fantasy debut, a wizard's apprentice must help stop a Necromancer from escaping his prison within a book. Read full book review >