Search Results: "West"


BOOK REVIEW

PIVOT POINT by Kasie West
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"West's debut showcases riveting storytelling. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Clairvoyant Addison Coleman must choose between two futures and two love interests. Read full book review >

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CUBAN BLUFF by Nigel West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"The journalistic style fails to capture the tension of the era, but the spywork fascinates."
West, a historian and Member of Parliament, tells the story of the Cuban missile crisis from the bottom up so that spies rather than Kennedys have the starring roles. Read full book review >

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TITO by Richard West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Unsuccessful, both as original biography and as commentary on current events. (8 pages b&w illustrations, not seen)"
An unfocused attempt to combine a biography of Tito, an account of Yugoslavia's rise and demise, and a weak argument about the centrality of religion to the region's conflict. Read full book review >

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EMINENCE by Morris West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Vaticanologists will be having too much fun figuring out who's who in this aptly timed roman-Ö-clef. (Radio satellite tour)"
The latest ecclesial potboiler by West (Vanishing Point, 1996, etc.), this one centering on the troubles that await an Argentine cardinal who hopes not to be elected pope. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"One of the better reflections on the war in Iraq, with enough sense of on-the-ground combat reality to hold disturbing portents for future 'small wars.'"
Gripping, disturbing account of American advisors in Iraq, focused on several National Guardsmen and the Iraqi soldiers (jundis) they trained. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 1993

"West's voice is an important one, but this collection doesn't amplify it in a helpful way."
West is the professor of religion and director of Afro- American studies at Princeton whose short essay collection, Race Matters (p. 216), became a bestseller earlier this year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPLIT SECOND by Kasie West
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A fast, smart thriller populated by lively characters. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Best friends Addie and Laila uncover secrets about their community and the development of supernatural abilities. Read full book review >

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THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 2, 2013

"An antidote to dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction, this Cinderella story is sweet and hopeful. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Caymen is 17 and on the cusp of college when she meets Xander and discovers there's more to a guy than his bank-account balance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2004

"West's self-serving account of that affair seems out of place in a polemic on democracy vs. imperialism. But, concrete rather than abstract and full of real emotion ('President Summers had messed with the wrong Negro'), it's the best thing here."
Imperialism bad, democracy good: a lackluster excursion into the realm of the obvious. Read full book review >

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THE THIRD MESSIAH by Christopher West
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The ending's a bit ragged, but West (Death of a Blue Lantern, not reviewed) makes everyday Beijing a believable place and honorable, amiable Detective Wang a sturdy protagonist."
In modern China, where computers are as common as rickshaws once were, Anzuang Wang finds that being a good policeman is a complex matter. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET LIVES OF WORDS by Paul West
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Word enthusiasts will find trivia and treasure here."
This wonderfully curious and eclectic volume falls somewhere between a quirky dictionary and a romantic sonnet. Read full book review >