Search Results: "Valerie Wilson Wesley"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DEVIL RIDING by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 200

"Despite the syrupy distraction of superlover Basil, an unromantic look at kids caught in snares set by smarmy adults."
New Jersey runaways eager for action often wind up in glitzy, tawdry Atlantic City, and frequently, if they're sassy-looking but naive, in gangster Delmundo Real's hotel suite, where they disappear into the boudoir with older men with jaded tastes, particularly for violent sex. Read full book review >

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NO HIDING PLACE by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 1997

"Behind the plodding Q-and-A and the pedestrian prose is a sharp, subtle portrait of two families whose tangled relationship packs a world of insight into a single painful case. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
Back in her low-rent Newark office after her foolish, melodramatic trip to Jamaica (Where Evil Sleeps, 1996), Tamara Hayle is looking for the killer of Shawn Raymond—a case the cops have had open for seven months on the grounds that Shawn was no great loss. Read full book review >

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DEVIL'S GONNA GET HIM by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 1995

"Capably plotted downscale fun."
Investment banker Lincoln E. Storey's string of successesplus his status as one of Newark's local boys made very, very goodends abruptly when somebody slips a lethal dose of peanut butter (he's allergic) into the bean dip at a fund- raiser he's giving for Deputy District Attorney Stella Pharr's state assembly bid. Read full book review >

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WHERE EVIL SLEEPS by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 1996

"The body count of a Jamaican Big Sleep, but all other resemblances are strictly coincidental."
Where evil sleeps, it seems, is in Kingston, Jamaica—except that it doesn't sleep for long, because ever since Newark shamus Tamara Hayle spiced up her vacation by tagging along to a seamy bar with Lilah Love and her short-tempered husband Sammy Lee, the cast members (starting with Sammy Lee) have been dropping like flies. Read full book review >

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EASIER TO KILL by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The general direction of the mystery is obvious from the word go, yet Wilson (No Hiding Place, 1997, etc.) keeps peeling back layers and layers from Mandy's carefully constructed life with a skill and determination that recall Ross Macdonald. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild alternate selection)"
Mandy Magic is scared. Read full book review >

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WHEN DEATH COMES STEALING by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Reads like a successful collaboration between Terry McMillan and Sue Grafton. (First serial to Essence; author tour; paperback to Avon)"
Smart-talking single mom Tamara Hayle is a gumshoe with a personal problem: Her ex-husband DeWayne Curtis's sons (with various former partners) are dying, and she fears for her own progeny, Jamal. Read full book review >

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WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE? by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Readers may like contrasting her story with Woodson's Maison at Blue Hill and its sequel (below). (Fiction. 12-15)"
The unsubtle story of a high-schooler facing racial tension and hard choices. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLIMENA AND THE COOKIE MONEY by Valerie Wilson Wesley
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"There are so many neighborhood characters that Willie herself never really comes alive, leading to a stale story without the sweetening of successful humor or the snap of a crisp plot. (That's the way the cookie crumbles.) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Willie is a seven-year-old African-American girl with a big problem as she heads into summer vacation: she spent $20 of her Girl Scout cookie sales money and now it's time to turn in the cash. Read full book review >

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WILSON by A. Scott Berg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Readable, authoritative and, most usefully, inspiring."
Accomplished biographer Berg (Lindbergh, 1998, etc.) emphasizes the extraordinary talents of this unlikely president in an impressive, nearly hagiographic account. Read full book review >

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WILSON by David Mamet
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Well, folks, we're here to tell you—Wilson isn't even half-vast."
You'll want to clear your sinuses by renting a video of Glengarry Glen Ross or American Buffalo after wrestling with this unruly anti-novel by the noted playwright and remarkably unremarkable writer of fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VALERIE SOLANAS by Breanne Fahs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"As Fahs portrays her, Solanas emerges less as 'a woman who detected a spirit of collective anguish' than as a woman destroyed by her own overpowering demons."
A sympathetic biography of a troubled and troubling woman. Read full book review >

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WOODROW WILSON by John Milton Cooper Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"Cooper exhibits complete command of his materials, a sure knowledge of the man and a nuanced understanding of a presidency almost Shakespearean in its dimensions."
A noted Woodrow Wilson expert comprehensively examines the life and career of America's 28th president. Read full book review >