Search Results: "Toby Liebowitz"


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Dear Babalu: Letters to an Advice Columnist by Peter J. Manos
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A witty, enjoyable distraction."
Manos' (Lucifer's Revenge, 2012) silly, irreverent book covers a lot of weird ground, including implants in teenagers' heads, gurus and magic berries. Read full book review >

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WRITE LETTER TO BILLY by Toby Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The bottom line: too much going on, too many coincidences to allow either the mystery or the search for deeper meaning to become credible."
An unsolved murder pulls together the varied threads of a story that relies heavily on coincidence in reuniting a father with his teenaged daughter, and a brother with his Siamese twin, while also self-consciously exploring memory and identity. Read full book review >

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CORPSING by Toby Litt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Violent, fast, mean, funny, and thoroughly satisfying."
Dinner with his gorgeous ex-girlfriend in an of-the-moment restaurant is made epically memorable for a London screenwriter when an executioner pops in and wipes out the date—and nearly finishes off the writer, who, badly banged-up, carries an understandable grudge. Read full book review >

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UTAH by Toby Olson
Released: June 3, 1987

"Beneath it all, though, it's fiction lite-style, with precious little that's original or meaningful."
Olson's outlandish novels (Seaview, The Woman Who Escaped from Shame) are, at their best moments, balanced with a risky imagination that can send a reader beyond incredulity and into fascination. Read full book review >

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INQUISITION by Toby Green
NON-FICTION
Released: March 17, 2009

"A persuasive proposal that two rich empires took a dark detour from Europe's Enlightenment and never completely recovered."
Images and insights distilled from a record of terrors inflicted over nearly four centuries. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"Self-indulgent and only occasionally interesting."
A Dutch-born woman's memoir about how she stumbled into an unexpected career as a globe-trotting photojournalist. Read full book review >

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DEATH OVER EASY by Toby Speed
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

"Though wholly admirable in its attempt to blend humor and mystery, Speed's debut falls short of its mark due to a failure to craft a sufficiently solid protagonist, and there are too many bells and whistles along the way."
A woman who's avoided danger all her life becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Read full book review >

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BEATNIKS by Toby Litt
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"The boys are almost too silly to believe, but Mary's an excellent guide on the faintly ridiculous road that leads eventually to San Francisco."
The healthy lusts of an aimless young woman do battle with the overwrought imaginations of two young men who would be guardians of the Beat movement. Read full book review >

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THE NILE by Toby Wilkinson
NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 2014

"From Aswan to Cairo, encompassing deserts and oases, Wilkinson proves to be a pleasant, nondidactic and always-informative travel companion."
Gently meandering tour of the Nile River in the company of a deeply knowledgeable guide. Read full book review >

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AT SEA by Toby Olson
Released: May 1, 1993

"Instead of dragging down Olson's imagination, the formulaic conventions actually provide backbone for this pipe-dream of a cop story."
Olson's feverish novels (Utah, 1987, etc.) have always leaned toward menace, and it's not surprising to see him try his hand at a true-blue detective story. Read full book review >

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THE RISE AND FALL OF ANCIENT EGYPT by Toby Wilkinson
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2011

"An essential work of Egyptian scholarship with lessons for our time."
Illuminating history of ancient Egypt, focused on the establishment of the first nation-state and the autocratic rulers who both glorified and abused power. Read full book review >