Search Results: "Shawn Vestal"


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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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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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Released: Nov. 10, 2008

"A flaw-filled thriller that's left coyly open-ended."
A terrorist faction executes a diabolical attack upon the United States, and only rogue ex-CIA agent Marc Bishop can stop them. 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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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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AMERICAN KNEES by Shawn Wong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 1995

"Sadly, the reader has no such blinders on. (An excerpt appeared in the anthology Charlie Chan is Dead, 1993.) (Author tour)"
Seattle poet/essayist Wong's second novel (after Homebase, 1991, not reviewed): a satirical exploration of ethnic-American love whose characters' addiction to sociological rhetoric gets in their (and their readers') way. Read full book review >

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Knife to a Gunfight by Shawn McCraney
NON-FICTION

"A welcome and fresh contribution to biblical studies."
A debut book presents a provocative reconsideration of the New Testament and institutionalized religion. 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 >

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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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Released: Dec. 23, 2011

"Young fantasy fans will find Jasper's adventures entertaining and easy to follow."
In the first volume of the fantasy series, 13-year-old Jasper Flint is magically transported to an underground world in need of his help. Read full book review >

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LEONARD BERNSTEIN by Allen Shawn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A nearly impossible task, recording this lush life, but Shawn helps us comprehend the magic."
A few luscious slices from the massive cake that was the life of the great pianist, composer, conductor and public personality (1918-1990). Read full book review >