Search Results: "Valerie Miles"


BOOK REVIEW

NORTE by Edmundo Paz Soldán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2016

"A superb set of interlinked character studies."
The lives of a mentally ill savant, a young artist, and a serial killer converge in a powerful novel that shuttles across the U.S.-Mexico border. Read full book review >

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MORDANT'S WISH by Valerie Coursen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Those old enough to know the meaning of Mordant's name may wonder if his wish for a friend is, after all, mere sarcasm. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Mordant the Mole wishes for a friend and gets one in this greeting-card-pretty picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCARECROW! by Valerie Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not as well crafted and informative as Giblin's The Scarecrow Book (1980, o.p.), but a useful visual resource. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A survey of devices (including real people) that have been used to scare away birds (and some other pests): The book's a little repetitious and miscellaneous and not very well organized, but does include a substantial array of interesting facts about ``homemade figures...used around the world to protect precious crops for over three thousand years.'' Best are the detailed crosshatched drawings and more formal paintings depicting a great variety of these appealing or scary figures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOD by Jack Miles
NON-FICTION
Released: April 14, 1995

"A flawed but able telling of a story that's not easy to comprehend, much less articulate. (First printing of 35,000; Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections; author tour)"
This learned and insightful approach to talking about God is a theological education in itself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUITCASE KILLINGS by Miles Tripp
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 27, 1998

"Pleasantly undemanding fare from a veteran author who could turn out cases like this one in his sleep."
One day Nick Hadley-Jones is hopelessly in debt to unsavory Tony Gallo; the next day he's working off his debt by muling cocaine from Germany to Tony's London club, the Red Slipper; the day after that, after a slight departure from Tony's meticulous plan, he's warming a seat at the wedding of a virtual stranger. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

North Beach by Miles Arceneaux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2015

"Charlie eventually gets his shot in the ring, but the selfless, obstinate protagonist is already a champ."
In the fourth of Arceneaux's (Ransom Island, 2014, etc.) Gulf Coast thriller series, a 15-year-old athlete hopes to clear his professional boxing pal of a murder charge.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WANT NOT by Jonathan Miles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"For readers who relish extravagant language, scathing wit and philosophical heft, this book wastes nothing."
Miles' panoramic second novel (Dear American Airlines, 2008) is structured around differing definitions of waste. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A sweeping debut not only for the author but also for this branch of American poli-sci, with color on every page and a hacker's gift for cutting through the blather."
The chronicle of a farcically troubled marriage between two rich, hubristic West Coast techies and their e-mail-challenged D.C. counterparts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHEROKEE ROSE by Tiya Miles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"An enchanting examination of bloodlines, legacy and the myriad branches of a diverse family tree."
A buried, early-19th-century diary, the fragrance of wild white roses and the rustling of river-cane reeds bring to life this refreshing debut novel by Miles, a winner of a MacArthur Fellowship (American Culture/Univ. of Michigan; The House on Diamond Hill, 2010, etc.).Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUAKELAND by Kathryn Miles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Occasionally long-winded but readable and engaging—not to mention eye-opening, as the author delivers a firm warning to policymakers as well as individual citizens."
A wide-ranging account of earthquakes, the least understood of natural disasters, with vivid stories of the havoc they create and a warning about what will someday happen in the United States. Read full book review >