Search Results: "Tim Brookes"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DRIVEWAY DIARIES by Tim Brookes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2005

"A sophisticated writer, like many before him, moves his family to Vermont and cranks out an elegy to the simple life. Not quite E.B. White among the chickens, but pleasant enough."
The British NPR essayist, living in the U.S. since 1973, moves to Vermont and evolves into a true old Down East philosopher. Read full book review >

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GUITAR by Tim Brookes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2005

"An intelligent work with the quality of a sonorous voice drifting from a radio. (NPR, in fact, will be airing six of his guitar segments to coincide with the book's publication.)"
With a storyteller's—and a guitarist's—sense of pitch and timing, NPR commentator/essayist Brookes (A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow, 2000, etc.) delivers both a cultural history of the guitar and a chronicle of the intricate process that went into the construction of his own dream instrument. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"This enjoyable book functions variously: as an enthusiastic pro-hitchhiking treatise, a reverent guide to an evanescent 'ordinary' America, and a sometimes-pedantic address of contemporary division and isolation."
A frequently charming narrative epic in which a one-time hippie hitchhiker throws off middle-aged shackles and takes to the road in search of an America that, this time, he finds everywhere. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"An affecting memoir by a talented writer that leaves the reader regretting that he did not probe even more widely and deeply into the nature and role of the hospice."
The news that his mother is dying of cancer transforms a journalist's inquiry into the growing hospice movement—what might have been a full-fledged investigative report becomes a moving, highly personal memoir. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"Strong reporting, nicely balanced between the subjective and the objective."
A literate investigation of asthma from just about every conceivable angle. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"A well-written and cohesive treatment of the fundamentals of genetics, as revealed through its favorite experimental subject."
How genetics, with the help of the humble fruit fly, moved into the forefront of modern science. Read full book review >

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SPY GAMES by Adam Brookes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2015

"Brookes' second novel is a multipronged spy thriller that fires on all cylinders. A smarter or more exciting mystery likely won't be released this year."
Having survived a disastrous turn of events in China in Brookes' sensational debut, Night Heron (2014), British journalist-cum-spy Philip Mangan is dragged back into perilous waters by a mysterious Chinese official who wants to trade state secrets.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A clear-eyed look at a fascinating man who left an unmistakable—if mixed—stamp upon the world we live in."
Biologist Brookes (Fly, 2001, etc.) pens a popular life of Darwin's cousin, the inventor of eugenics. Read full book review >

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NIGHT HERON by Adam Brookes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2014

"One of the best and most compulsively readable spy-fiction debuts in years."
Against all odds, Prisoner 5995—a former professor wrongly convicted of murder—escapes a high security Chinese facility after 20 torturous years. Having concocted a plan to flee China and establish a new identity, he finds an unlikely ally in Mangan, a veteran British journalist based in Beijing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Grant Me Timely Grace by Tim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2010

"A moderately entertaining but wrongheaded Civil War thriller."
Loyalties are tested in Woods' (Never Trust a Hero, 2011, etc.) novel, set in Civil War-era Washington, D.C. Read full book review >

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IS THAT A CAT? by Tim Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Even the endpapers are in on the fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Will this series of mistaken identities have a happy ending? Read full book review >

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MONKEY ME AND THE GOLDEN MONKEY by Tim Roland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"While this series doesn't have aspirations to high literature, it does fulfill an important developmental reading need with high-interest humor and adventure. (Adventure. 6-8)"
Monkey business allows young children to make a serious transition from early readers to chapter books. Read full book review >