Search Results: "Wesley J. Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

WITNESS TO MURDER by Wesley J. Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An inspired premise freighted with sincere melodrama."
And not just any witness, either—burned-out N.Y.C. reporter Neal Schacker watches his most ruthless enemy kill a man while he (Neal) is having an out-of-body experience, in this first novel by consumer- advocate Smith (The Doctor Book, The Lawyer Book). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Powerful arguments from a passionate, articulate, sometimes strident spokesman. (Author tour)"
An anti-euthanasia activist blasts the right-to-die forces, calling their goal ``a social experiment that will lead to cultural and ethical catastrophe.'' As the attorney for the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force, Smith appears frequently on radio and television to argue against what he calls ``the death culture.'' Opponents of assisted suicide—Smith uses the terms ``assisted suicide'' and ``euthanasia'' interchangeably—will find this a valuable debating manual, for it presents the most common pro-euthanasia arguments and then provides considered responses to them. Read full book review >

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SMITH by Leon Garfield
Released: Sept. 1, 1967

"More Hogarth than Cruikshank, this lacks the gusto of Devil in the Fog (1966) but readers who respond to the author will follow him here."
"Smith. 'unted, 'ounded, 'omeless, and part gin-sodder. Smith. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A brilliantly constructed attack on corporate legal defenders that ends with a rousing call to lawyers to remember ethics and idealism, but likely to enrage more lawyers than it inspires."
A blistering attack on the tactics used by powerful lawyers to defend major corporations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"An impressive marshalling of grim fact and outraged opinion."
Or, Unsafe at Any Altitude: a measured, albeit merciless, critique of commercial aviation's safety policies and practices. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGGIE SMITH by Michael Coveney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"An authoritative and perceptive portrait."
The illustrious career of "a great stage actress in both comedy and tragedy, and an international film star." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU KILLED WESLEY PAYNE by Sean Beaudoin
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"That said, this dark, cynical romp is full of clever references and red herrings, which will delight the adult noir fan and pique the curiosities of the observant outcast teen who's looking for a way to infiltrate the in-crowd. (Mystery. 12 & up)"
Tough, suit-sporting, no-nonsense high-school sleuth Dalton Rev stalks the killer who masterminded the murder of popular in-guy Wesley Payne. Read full book review >

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PATTI SMITH by Victor Bockris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"But she and her many fans deserve better than this sometimes sensationalistic, second-hand account of her life."
Lou Reed and Keith Richards biographer Bockris offers the first full-length portrait of —70s rock icon Patti Smith, a woman whose charismatic live shows and uncompromising music earned her the moniker "The High Priestess of Punk." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

John Wesley and Universalism by James A. Ellison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2014

"A deep meditation on Wesley's accomplishments likely to inspire lively debate within the Methodist tradition."
A groundbreaking new study of John Wesley's theology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEMIMA J by Jane Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"Slightly unpredictable story development saves this from exactly duplicating the vast mound of similar feel-good modern fairy tales for women, but it lives in the same neighborhood."
An overweight woman turns from ugly duckling to swan in British novelist Green's American debut: a tale that offers plenty of engaging plot twists but not much substance. Read full book review >