Search Results: "Valerie Gates"


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THE OTHER COLORS by Valerie Gates
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"Pretty enough but perhaps a little self-indulgent. (Picture book. 4-8, adult)"
A small, square art project of a volume, attractive and even lovely, but probably not for children at all. Read full book review >

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BRIGHAM’S DAY by John Gates
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2000

"Newcomer Gates, a Utah native practicing law in Texas, turns a wonderfully jaundiced eye on the beauty and grotesqueries of his home state, and on the disquieting Mormon fringe culture that seems to hold it in an iron grip."
Atmospheric legal procedural that peers into the uninviting shadows cast by the Church of the Latter-day Saints on contemporary and historical Utah. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTER IN THE MUDBALL by S.P. Gates
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"Unfortunately, it's a little like watching mud dry; here's hoping future installments have more zip. (Adventure. 8-12)"
The first in the planned Artifact Inspector series offers readers an African folk tale set in contemporary London with a Chinese-English protagonist suffering from dyspraxia. Read full book review >

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BEYOND THE BILLBOARD by Susan Gates
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

Thirteen-year-old Firebird Tucker lives with her father, grandmother and twin brother in a swamp—a magical, spooky wilderness endangered by the growth of the nearby city and rising waters. Read full book review >

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Praying for Rain by Emma Gates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2014

"Romance, geopolitical instability and coming-of-age angst in a well-crafted tale."
The intricately plotted story of a love affair with both a man and a culture, and the painful lessons learned from each. Read full book review >

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PRESTON FALLS by David Gates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1998

"The tumult of marriage on the rocks rings true, but otherwise there's too much yuppie angst and too little human interest for this to be appealing."
A sputtering marriage stalls when a p.r. flack takes a break from the job and kids to fix up the family's vacation home in upstate New York, in this painfully slow successor to Gates's debut, Jernigan (1991), a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Read full book review >

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JERNIGAN by David Gates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 1991

"Not as wildly lyrical or funny as A Fan's Notes, it's nevertheless a frighteningly believable portrait of a self-created hell."
Newsweek critic Gates debuts with the fictional memoirs of drunk in his midlife state of emergency: a sad suburban tale of failure, self-degradation, and the obliteration of consciousness, relieved only by the narrator's sardonic sense of humor. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2013

"Lonely Planet for the realm beyond the 'No Trespassing' signs."
A handbook of spelunking's edgier, smellier cousin—navigating the secret passageways of urban areas, particularly sewers and subway tunnels—with a liberal dose of ego and occasional misogyny. Read full book review >

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WHAT WAS I THINKING? by Chris Gates
Released: April 30, 2014

"A surprisingly poignant, intellectually rigorous study of how our thought processes shape our lives."
A thoroughly researched, pop-culture-laden exploration of how people make choices. Read full book review >