Search Results: "US Design Dynamics"


BOOK REVIEW

MR. WALRUS by Patricia Derrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2011

"A harried tale that never quite catches up with itself. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A day in the lives of animal friends who are on a very tight schedule. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 3, 2016

"Practical, actionable advice on how to become a happier, more fully realized grown-up."
A life coach shares his insights about having healthy relationships and morphing into a truly responsible adult in this debut self-development guide. Read full book review >

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DEADLY DESIGN by Debra Dockter
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 2, 2015

"This engaging blend of science fiction and survival may well pique many interests. (Thriller. 14-18)"
When perfectionist, genetically modified teens start dying, surely slacker Kyle can't be next. Read full book review >

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INTERIOR DESIGN by Philip Graham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 1996

"Unique, somber terrain, precisely charted by a writer in absolute control of his material."
Eight disturbing, elegant tales that plumb the obsessive powers of the imagination. Read full book review >

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US by Wayne Karlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 1993

"Karlin layers the novel with mythological Vietnamese riffs, but most readers will be too weary—after battling superficial characterizations and one plot contrivance after another—to care much one way or the other."
Karlin's fourth novel (The Extras; Lost Armies, etc.), set in Thailand and Burma, is part MIA adventure, part opium-lord showdown. Read full book review >

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THE DYNAMICS OF DISASTER by Susan W.  Kieffer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"Sharp, timely, slightly terrifying science writing."
Kieffer (Emerita, Geology/Univ. of Illinois) argues that all natural disasters that disrupt the Earth and its atmosphere are the result of a rapid shift in matter and energy that she calls a "change of state." Read full book review >

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FINAL DESIGN by Noreen Gilpatrick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Still, Katie's a keeper, and the writing's fluid and easygoing."
Gilpatrick follows her chilling debut (The Piano Man, 1991) with a more conventional police tale featuring warmhearted Katie MacLean, of Seattle's neighboring Eastside Police Force (EPF), who has just been named D.I.C. (detective in charge) of a homicide investigation. Read full book review >

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US by David Nicholls
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Evocative of its European locales—London, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Madrid—and awkward family vacations everywhere, this is a funny and moving novel perfect for a long journey."
In his picaresque fourth novel, Nicholls (One Day, 2010, etc.) artfully unveils 25 years of a couple's relationship.Read full book review >

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DEXTER BY DESIGN by Jeff Lindsay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"The best of Dexter's four adventures to date, the trademark mixture of amusement and horror complemented by a genuinely suspenseful plot."
The Miami PD forensic tech who analyzes blood-spatter patterns of murder victims when he's not dispatching them himself (Dexter in the Dark, 2007, etc.) comes up against an equally formidable foe. Read full book review >

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MURDER BY DESIGN by Jon P. Bloch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2004

"Bloch skewers his overstuffed cast with relish and panache, running a mot a minute, but lets his plot flounder."
A cheeky gossip columnist deconstructs a popular reality makeover show and solves a murder in the process. Read full book review >

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NATURE BY DESIGN by Bruce Brooks
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 27, 1991

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In the new ``Knowing Nature'' series, this book about animal-made structures (honeycombs, spider webs, termite, wasp, and bird nests, etc.) has eye-catching color photos; unfortunately, the text (by the author of The Moves Make the Man, 1985 Newbery Honor) is wordy, stilted, and unsatisfying. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 1991

"A mildly interesting, indifferently written primer on image usagea book that's finally not much more than a hard-sell promotional brochure for Chajet's corporate decorating firm. (Sixteen-page four-color insertnot seen.)"
Here, top corporate-image man Chajet, with the largely invisible aid of Shachtman (Decade of Shocks, 1983, etc.), tells a little about his professional activities. Read full book review >