Search Results: "Steve Coll"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"In this era of fake news, Coll remains above it all, this time delivering an impeccably researched history of 'diplomacy at the highest levels of government in Washington, Islamabad, and Kabul.'"
The acclaimed journalist delivers "a second volume" of the history he recounted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars (2004). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Despite minor errors throughout (the authors seem to believe, for instance, that any bond with a letter rating is investment- grade): a savvy, wide-ranging recap of a decade notable for a wealth of financial folly and a reluctant top cop walking the market beat."
An unsparingly critical, albeit evenhanded, audit of the SEC's efforts to police Wall Street during the volatile 1980's; based on a series of Washington Post articles that earned its authors a 1990 Pulitzer Prize. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2012

"Leaks, reserves, PACs, hydrofracking, bloated corporate profits and more: all pertinent concerns nicely handled by Coll in this engaging, hard-hitting work."
A thorough, sobering study of the pernicious consolidation of Big Oil. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2008

"The makings of a villain, shaped in many ways by the culture he came to revile. Urgent and important reading."
A sprawling, fascinating account of America's declared No. 1 enemy, his far-flung family and the astonishing number of influential Americans who live within that family's orbit. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY
by Poornima Apte

Long before “We Need Diverse Books” gained momentum as a movement towards inclusivity in children’s literature, writer and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats made history. Peter, the star of his groundbreaking picture book, The Snowy Day, was black.

Children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney reminds us what a big deal this was in 1962 when the book was first published. The ...


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THE LAST, THE FIRST, THE BEST
by Julie Danielson

Because it’s the holidays, I had some down time this week to look through some early-2017 picture book releases. At the same time, however, 2016 isn’t quite over yet, so today I’m going to tell you about two expertly crafted picture books – one out this week in the last gasp of this year and one that hits bookshelves just ...


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9 NEW BOOKS TO WATCH FOR IN JANUARY 2017
by Leila Roy

PHEW! I finally finished listing my favorites of 2016, and now it’s time to start the merry-go-round up again and look at the new releases of January 2017.

Here are a few of the titles that I’m planning on picking up:

Allegedly, by Tiffany Jackson

After a court case that was covered nationally, fifteen-year-old Mary is in “baby jail” for ...


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BOOK REVIEW

KARLMARX.COM by Susan Coll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Despite some forced humor and strained parallels: a stylish debut."
An amusing debut novel that tries to put—and mostly succeeds in putting—an unusual spin on the clash between love and career, as the writer of a dissertation on Karl Marx's daughter Eleanor finds some eerie echoes in her own work and love life. Read full book review >

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ROCKVILLE PIKE by Susan Coll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A modern comedy of manners that at times tries too hard to entertain."
Second-novelist Coll (karlmarx.com, 2000) energetically chronicles a soccer mom's bumpy ride to tranquility as she deals with issues of finance, family, and self-esteem. Read full book review >

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BEACH WEEK by Susan Coll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"A little too reassuring (nothing truly bad happens), but Coll can be hysterically funny about parental idiocy."
Having gently skewered the college-application process (Acceptance, 2007), Coll trains her sights on another equally ridiculous tradition among certain upper-middle-class high-school graduates—the weeklong party at the beach. Read full book review >

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ACCEPTANCE by Susan Coll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"While readers will root for these kids, Coll's affection for her targets does not detract from her bite."
A cheerfully pointed satire about the college-admissions process at a suburban Washington, D.C., high school where students and/or their parents have Ivy League aspirations. Read full book review >

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THE STAGER by Susan Coll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"Although the nastiness becomes repetitive, Coll's vicious depiction of upper-upper-middle-class suburbia is often excruciatingly funny."
Coll (Beach Week, 2010, etc.) ratchets up the level of wit and mean edginess in her newest satire, which chronicles the absurd efforts put into marketing a high-end house outside Washington D.C. Read full book review >