Search Results: "Thomas Powers"


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THE KILLING OF CRAZY HORSE by Thomas Powers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2010

"A skillful synthesis of historical research and contested narrative, resonant with enduring loss."
Sprawling account of the grim conclusion of the Indian Wars. Read full book review >

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THE CONFIRMATION by Thomas Powers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 2000

"Astoundingly detailed with regard to behind-the-scenes Washington, both in the halls of Congress and at CIA headquarters, but, as may seem clear enough, a tad far-fetched and overwrought."
A first novel from the Pulitzer-winning journalist (Heisenberg's War, 1993, etc.) examines one of his areas of expertise—the CIA—in a tale of integrity at odds with entrenched bureaucracy, with the fate of a long-missing Vietnam POW hanging in the balance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 2, 1993

Why did the Third Reich, for all its industrial might and technological resources, fail to create a nuclear bomb? Read full book review >

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TARA'S TIARA by Mark Powers
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Slight missteps with puns and humor do not detract from this charming children's fantasy that deftly integrates real-life facts about an important ecosystem."
The natural world of the redwood forest and a fantasy world of fairy-like creatures combine in Powers' children's tale of a treasure quest and justice served. Read full book review >

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MY DAY WITH NUMBERS by Christine Powers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"A companion volume, My Day with Animals, is in the same format. (Picture book. 1-5)"
``One child'' puts on ``two slippers'' and is greeted by ``three muffins'' at breakfast, then uses ``four crayons'' to make ``five drawings,'' and so on through a day that ends with ``nine books'' and ``ten yawns'' (labeled with Arabic numerals in their one appearance here). Read full book review >

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AMINA by J.L. Powers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2015

"Readers don't always need another heroine—sometimes a young woman living an ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances will wilt stereotypes better than heroics. (map, author's note, timeline, glossary, further reading) (Fiction. 13-16)"
Amina Khalid is a sweet, amiable teenager—and a solid counterexample to Islamophobia and negative notions about Somalis. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"A revelatory work with a great deal to say about the mythology, history, and future of the American Dream."
An extraordinary dissection by Powers (White Town Drowsing, 1986, etc.) of the plight and attempted resurrection of two small towns: Cairo, Ill., ``a violent, sorrowful little town'' perhaps breathing its last; and Kent, Conn., a ``prosperity-stricken'' rural town struggling to maintain its identity. Read full book review >

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A HERO FOR THE PEOPLE by Arthur Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2013

"Small, intelligent fiction that shines a light on big themes."
The 16 previously published short stories in this first-rate collection illuminate the face of poverty in present-day Brazil. Read full book review >

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PLOWING THE DARK by Richard Powers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2000

"As densely detailed as ever, a surpassingly intelligent and profound tale of our time."
One of the finest efforts from the massively gifted Powers (Gain, 1998, etc.), who again probes the fluid buffer between science and the imagination, between hope and despair, as two disparate situations—one about a disillusioned artist and the challenge of virtual reality, the other about a hostage in wartorn Beirut—whorl together in a heartwarming fusion. Read full book review >

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LETTER COMPOSED DURING A LULL IN THE FIGHTING by Kevin Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A welcome debut. We hope that the next sequence finds Powers on safer ground, exploring the possibilities of life away from the front."
Powers, author of the shattering war novel The Yellow Birds (2012), turns to poetry while concentrating on familiar themes of dislocation, fear and "unmoored memory." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"This hybrid narrative, enhanced by the author's considerable skills as a literary stylist, succeeds on every level."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Powers (Mark Twain: A Life, 2005, etc.) presents two searing sagas: an indictment of mental health care in the United States and the story of his two schizophrenic sons. Read full book review >

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THE CONFESSIONAL by J.L. Powers
FICTION
Released: July 10, 2007

"11 world revisiting issues of nationalism and prejudice makes this tale relevant to modern audiences. (Fiction. YA)"
Strained racial tensions snap after a student's violent death. Read full book review >