Search Results: "Stephen Amidon"


BOOK REVIEW

HUMAN CAPITAL by Stephen Amidon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Richly complex and genuinely tragic, painfully cognizant of the lethal interaction among human weakness, skewed societal values, and the random blows of fate."
Working in the towering tradition of Dreiser, Amidon (The New City, 2000, etc.) insightfully examines financial maneuvers that lead to personal catastrophe for three families in a Connecticut suburb. Read full book review >

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THE REAL JUSTINE by Stephen Amidon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"While there are a few genuine surprises along the way, most of Amidon's (Security, 2009, etc.) twists are telegraphed so far in advance that it's a wonder the characters don't see them coming."
A few nights of passion ignite a man's obsession for a mysterious woman in this tale of uncertain identities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 2012

"A cultural history of sports that says as much about all of us as it does about athletes."
A brief but enlightening history of the athlete as a cultural icon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SECURITY by Stephen Amidon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Amidon's strength, a gritty realism, is sacrificed to a never-believable morality tale about the power of money to corrupt."
In Amidon's sixth novel (Human Capital, 2004, etc.), various story lines converge to yield a small-town melodrama. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NEW CITY by Stephen Amidon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2000

"But Amidon's thriller will hold readers in its grip straight through to the powerful final page—and ought to make a crackerjack movie or miniseries too."
This ambitious, tightly plotted urban melodrama—a bold entry into Richard Price territory—is a real surprise, coming from the former American expatriate and author of such terse, claustrophobic novels as Thirst (1993) and The Primitive (1995). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THRIST by Stephen Amidon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1993

"The best writing here is about alcoholism; once Amidon's plotting becomes as effective as his taut style, he may write a novel of real power."
A second novel (though first to be published in the US) from expatriot American writer Amidon combines a story of alcoholism and the family with a suspenser involving business chicanery and Native Americans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"An enjoyable celebration of the collaboration of visionaries."
Novelist Stephen Amidon (Security, 2009, etc.) and his brother, cardiologist Thomas Amidon, examine the "different ways that we have thought about the heart ever since it first took root in the Western imagination." Read full book review >

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PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
by Julie Danielson

Well, maybe not exactly planes, trains, and automobiles. But you know those children who get really fired up reading books about things that go vroom? There’s a reason you can throw a rock and hit a children’s book about transportation: they are loved by many a child. Today, I’ve got three new ones worth your time, one an arrival from ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BRIGHT LIGHTS, DARK NIGHTS by Stephen Emond
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"There are no easy answers to the issues at play in this story, and fittingly, there is much that is left open-ended. Readers will be left with plenty on their minds and in their hearts. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
First love, racism, family strife, and the Internet's culture of anonymous cruelty are some of the many themes explored in this illustrated novel by Happyface (2010) author Emond.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOZART FINDS A MELODY by Stephen Costanza
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"But either tale makes a thought-provoking study of the creative process. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Costanza spins an upbeat tale from a wisp of fact in his solo debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAX SPEED by Stephen Shaskan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Great gadzooks! This book is a winner. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a black boy with a big imagination! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >