Search Results: "Tom Bissell"


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EXTRA LIVES by Tom Bissell
NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2010

"More a collection of profiles and game reviews than a focused thesis, this little book never answers the question implicit in its subtitle—best appreciated by serious game junkies."
Harper's contributor Bissell (Fiction Writing/Portland State Univ.; The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam, 2007, etc.) considers the importance of video games. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"An improbably resonant tale of warped creativity and friendship."
Funny, engaging first-person account of the making of The Room (2003), "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2003

"First-rate in every regard: to be put alongside such classics on the region as Through Khiva to Golden Samarkand and The Road to Oxiana."
A literate, elegiac account of travels in the outback of Uzbekistan, tracing the origins and consequences of one of the world's most devastating ecological disasters. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2012

"Stellar cultural writing—Bissell has the knowledge and wit to earn his provocations."
A whip-smart, occasionally pugnacious collection of essays on culture from a wide-ranging critic. Read full book review >

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APOSTLE by Tom Bissell
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2016

"A rich, contentious, and challenging book."
A deep dive into the heart of the New Testament, crossing continents and cross-referencing texts. Read full book review >

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GOD LIVES IN ST. PETERSBURG by Tom Bissell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2005

"Graham and Ernest move over, you've got company."
Bissell follows a nonfiction account of his travels in Central Asia (Chasing the Sea, 2003) with this slim but rigorous debut collection of six darkly passionate stories about Americans who have chosen to visit or live in that most difficult part of the world. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 2007

"Big-picture politics take second place to the achingly personal in Bissell's heartfelt book."
A penetrating look back at the Vietnam conflict, with Bissell (Chasing the Sea, 2003, etc.) alternately guiding and following his veteran father. Read full book review >

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A DARKER JUSTICE by Sallie Bissell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 7, 2002

"There'll be more revelations about Mary's parents, too, in a twist that threatens to turn this series into backwoods soap opera."
Half-Cherokee Atlanta ADA Mary Crow (In the Forest of Harm, 2000) returns once more to the woods of North Carolina, where the ghost of her murdered mother competes for attention with present-day miscreants. Read full book review >

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LEGACY OF MASKS by Sallie Bissell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2005

"There's a big, vengeful spectral bear and some Indian magic, but not a lot of real tension. Too bad. Mary Crow, when she's not being perky and upbeat, is fairly attractive and could be interesting."
Mary Crow, kickass Atlanta prosecutor, ditches her nice anthropologist boyfriend in Peru to return to her native North Carolina mountains for a reunion with her previous, less urbane boyfriend—and stumbles on small-town depravity. Read full book review >

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IN THE FOREST OF HARM by Sallie Bissell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2001

"Nonetheless: a shrewdly judged female actioner, tailor-made for audiences who would've loved Deliverance if it hadn't been for all the guy stuff."
An Atlanta prosecutor, revisiting the area where her Cherokee mother was slain 12 years earlier, steps off the edge of the civilized universe into a world of trouble. Read full book review >

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DEADLIEST OF SINS by Sallie Bissell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 8, 2014

"Even if Bissell fits the pieces together a little too neatly to inspire belief, the sixth case for Mary (Music of Ghosts, 2013, etc.) is a smart and well-paced mystery with a gutsy protagonist and a touch of romance."
A possible hate crime and the report of a kidnapping bring a North Carolina lawyer more than she bargained for. Read full book review >

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MUSIC OF GHOSTS by Sallie Bissell
Released: April 8, 2013

"Of the two breathless tales Bissell intertwines, one ends with a crash of cymbals, and the other doesn't end at all. To be continued."
Atlanta attorney Mary Crow, transplanted to Pisgah County, N.C., battles monsters criminal and domestic in her fifth case. Read full book review >