Search Results: "Wayne Scheer"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 15, 2012

"A collection that will demonstrate either the limitations or the possibilities of flash fiction, depending on the reader's perspective."
When you'd rather have a quick shot of fiction than linger over a long tale, knock back one of these 20 very short stories—plus one artwork—on love, sex, and relationships. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 20, 1991

"Like Richard B. McAdoo's Eccentric Circles (p.34), which revealed an unexpected richness in RV travel, Scheer's zesty report points to an attractive alternative to the drudgery of car travel and the dizzying, impersonal hop from airport to airport. (Maps—not seen.)"
Author of several regional travel guides, Scheer, a radio disc jockey, spent six weeks traveling nearly 14,000 miles on Amtrak. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHY THE WEST WAS WILD by Wayne Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Readers after a truer picture would do better to decline his invitation in favor of studies closer to primary sources, such as Michael V. Uschan's Westward Expansion (2001) or Russell Freedman's Cowboys of the Wild West (1985). (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Swanson invites readers to return to those thrilling days of yesteryear when "pioneers" hot for gold or land invaded the "untamed lands in the West," drove fierce, faceless "Natives" into submission, transformed into cowboys or badmen (or both), and proceeded to either drink and gamble their meager wages away in saloons frequented by "hurdy-girls," or to be strung up by vigilantes. Read full book review >

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A FIELD GUIDE TO THE INVISIBLE by Wayne Biddle
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Biddle's book adds up to little more than an assemblage of scientific and cultural factoids and gross-out trivia—which makes it just right for bright teenagers of an inquiring bent, and for collectors of useless information everywhere. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A resoundingly fun if sometimes unappetizing inquiry into the world of microbes, germs, and other invisible but influential phenomena. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRISONERS by Wayne Karlin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A demanding, forbiddingly dense, often beautiful vision takes shape here, with pictures only half-glimpsed as the pages go by."
Like earlier fiction from this ex-Marine and helicopter gunner (Us, 1993, etc.), a complex tale based heavily on Vietnam memories seen through a glass darkly, or pieced together like fragments of bone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"For the manager, a handy tool, as well as a tale of financial daring exciting enough to interest a general readership. (BookAnnouncements' Business Author of the Year; Do-It-Yourself Book Festival Book of the Year in 2004)"
Silicon Valley player McVicker had an idea so brilliant—selling medical equipment via the Internet—that he cashed out $100,000 in personal pension funds at 40 cents on the dollar to get fast money to keep it going. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THAT WOMAN by Wayne Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Well-stocked with vibrant details about the merchant trade, this engaging Colonial tale delivers likable heroes, despicable villains, and a strong female protagonist."
A historical novel follows two indentured servants in 18th-century New York. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOR THE LOVE OF IT by Wayne Booth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"An inspiring exhortation to those who have yet to find passion in pastime. (7 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Veteran literary critic Booth (Univ. of Chicago; The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction, 1988) offers a heartfelt, though somewhat scattered, assertion of the value of avocation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SINGAPORE TRANSFER by Wayne Warga
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"Lightweight stuff, but without the light touch of two previous Dean adventures, Hardcover and Fatal Impressions."
A loony, far-fetched caper in which journalist/consultant Jeffrey Dean is approached by an emissary of Singapore's prime minister, who'd like him to ghost the PM's book on economics. Read full book review >