Search Results: "Stephen B. Young"


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THE ZENITH by Duong Thu Huong
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"A complex, politically daring story, much of which will be unfamiliar to Western readers—and that demands to be read for that very reason."
Scenes from the last months in the life of Ho Chi Minh, as imagined by Vietnamese novelist Huong (Paradise of the Blind, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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THEY FOUND LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond

Cover Story: The Heart of the City 
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale:
 5
Talky Talk: Too Close for Comfort
Bonus Factors:
 Illustrations, Music
Anti-Bonus Factor: Internet Trolls
Relationship Status: It's Not You, It's Me

 

Cover Story: The Heart of the City

Seeing as the cover ...


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MOCKINGBIRD COME HOME by Stephen B. Wiley
Released: May 1, 2007

"Finely wrought work from a writer who deserves wider renown."
Attorney Wiley (Hero's Island, 2005) continues his late-in-life career as a poet, with a second collection of quiet meditations. Read full book review >

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A WOMAN OF VALOR by Stephen B. Oates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 1994

"Includes maps—not seen."
A lively account of Clara Barton's life during the Civil War that reveals both the character of this compelling woman and the awfulness of war. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2012

"Insightful and convivial account of a bright, bountiful life dedicated to words, information and wonder."
The digital media revolution powers a lifelong journalist's sharp, business-minded autobiography. Read full book review >

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KEVIN YOUNG
by Megan Labrise

According to poet and critic Kevin Young’s latest treatise, there’s something more American than apple pie. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News is a philosophical history of the hoax, from mid-19th-century circus sideshows to the baseless stories that circulate our social media feeds.

“People had for a long time thought of the hoax in ...


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"An ambitious but disappointing history whose drama arises from the historical facts, not from its freehanded embellishment of them."
An epic but deeply flawed Civil War history (the second volume of a planned trilogy) suffers from the fictional techniques it employs, while benefiting little from that genre's potential narrative punch. Read full book review >

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A MIGHTY IMAGINATION
by Julie Danielson

Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young aren’t new to collaboration. In 2012, she wrote and he illustrated Nighttime Ninja, her debut picture book. Mighty Moby, on shelves in early August, is their second collaboration, and it came to exist in a way not typical for most picture books, what the author calls “an unusual method” and “backward.”

Evidently, Ed Young ...


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JESSICA B. HARRIS
by Maya Payne Smart

Scenic and engaging, My Soul Looks Back recounts the years author Jessica B. Harris spent on the periphery of a circle of friends that included literary powerhouses James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. The memoir spans the globe and several decades to describe the fascinating group.

Harris was in a relationship with Baldwin’s close friend Samuel Clemens Floyd III ...


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QUEERIES
by Karen Schechner, Vice President of Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Reviews

Set in the early 1980s, London Skin & Bones: The Finsbury Park Stories celebrates the residents of the Finsbury Park neighborhood in northern London. Ian Young’s collection of stories reveals a generous community of all sorts—launderettes, working-class gay lads, punks, stoners, stamp collectors, scavengers, revolutionaries in exile, and criminals. Our reviewer said Young creates “an impressive and tactile sense of ...


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