Search Results: "Tom Jacobs"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 2012

"A highly useful companion to making financial decisions, though not for the innumerate or the casual investor."
Densely structured handbook, full of subheads and tables and big numbers, on how to structure a portfolio. Read full book review >

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A HANDFUL OF KINGS by Mark Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Either too short or far too long: all setup and terribly little payoff."
A kidnapping brings together a spy, an acclaimed novelist, and a diplomat—in a less-than-thrilling thriller. Read full book review >

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COMFORT FOOD by Kate Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Not quite as satisfying as the title would lead us to expect."
The lives and loves of a TV chef, her daughters, neighbor and associates all receive a makeover in this lighthearted but sometimes sagging romantic problem-solver. Read full book review >

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THE PLAN by Bernard Jacobs
Released: Dec. 31, 2011

"An engaging, conspiracy-laden tale with a frightening premise."
In this action-packed thriller, a charismatic American president with a secret agenda sets in play a global war against radical Islamists. Read full book review >

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Released: June 10, 2012

"Fans of historical fiction may especially appreciate this entertaining recreation of Schubert's life; familiarity with the composer and his music is not a prerequisite."
Jacobs' historical novel details the life of Franz Schubert. Read full book review >

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THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"A lightweight but endearing and nimble look at how pursuing absurd extremes can illuminate the more mundane aspects of contemporary existence."
Esquire editor at large Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically, 2007, etc.) continues his unique brand of immersion journalism. Read full book review >

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THE LIBERATION OF LITTLE HEAVEN by Mark Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 1999

"Sometimes unfocused and rambling, but, still, these sensitive insider's stories give a vivid glimpse of a country that may always come across as foreign."
Thirteen stories in a second collection, mainly set in Paraguay, by US diplomat and novelist Jacobs (A Cast of Spaniards, 1994; Stone Cowboy, 1997). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"An intimate, deeply engaging method of following historic events."
Historical ramble through the Revolutionary era via middle sister and intermediary Abigail Adams (1744-1818), who married best. Read full book review >

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MOTION TO DISMISS by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Instead, Kali's third case (Evidence of Guilt, 1997, etc.) is a whodunit—and the best-turned puzzle of Jacobs's six novels to date. (Author tour)"
In the middle of launching a public offering of ComTech, his graphics chip company, Grady Barrett runs into a streak of rotten luck. Read full book review >

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DARK AGE AHEAD by Jane Jacobs
NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 2004

"Crisp, entertaining, scholarly, scary."
Social philosopher Jacobs (Systems of Survivals, 1992, etc.) warns that the collapse of Western Civilization is in the cards, unless we start reshuffling our economic, cultural, and political decks with alacrity. Read full book review >