Search Results: "William Chester Jordan"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A splendid start to Penguin's History of Europe series and a first-rate work in its own right."
A chronicle of high ideals and cherished dreams—as well as famine, plague, holy war, and other apocalyptic horsemen in the making of Europe from the 11th to the 14th centuries. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"A perceptive and intelligent tribute to man's other best friend."
A nature writer's transforming encounter with a stray cat, described in a perfectly pitched account that nicely balances sentiment and science. Read full book review >

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HOME TO THE SEA by Chester Aaron
Released: Sept. 18, 2004

"Editorial deficiencies aside, this myth-novel will pull readers along with its entrancing story and, in the right hands, could have strong film potential."
A unique combination of mermaid myth and realistic childhood portrait that has a power of story far outweighing its weak writing. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2003

"Intriguing midpoint autobiography sure to rouse curiosity about what the next half has in store."
Chester's go-ahead-and-laugh debut memoir shows a difficult adolescence evolving into a successful independent-film career. Read full book review >

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ALEX, WHO WON HIS WAR by Chester Aaron
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 31, 1991

Alex Kellar, 14, longs for WW II to be over and his soldier brother, Oliver, to come home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2007

"Complex, quixotic attempt to sway the American public from the temptation to 'amuse itself to death.'"
A sobering view of today's entrenched corporate media giants as a threat to the concept of an enlightened electorate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"While not as action-packed as the first two Yellow Green Beret books, this third certainly holds its own for readers interested in the U.S. military and life at West Point."
The third installment from author Wong (Yellow Green Beret Vol. II, 2012, etc.) about the nitty-gritty realities of life as a U.S. Special Forces officer. Read full book review >

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RANCHO WEIRDO by Laura Chester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"A masterful collection of new work from a time-tested author."
In her latest, Chester (Marvel the Marvelous, 2008, etc.) bursts forth on the page with 17 unpredictably fresh short stories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 6, 2012

"Required reading for those interested in the Green Berets or life in the U.S. Army."
More accounts about the life and making of a U.S. Special Forces officer from author Wong (Yellow Green Beret: Volume I, 2011). Read full book review >

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THE COLLECTED STORIES OF CHESTER HIMES by Chester Himes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1991

"While some of the pieces here read like dated magazine fiction, the best rise above their time and bear witness to the racism that compromised the humanity of white and black alike."
Himes (d. 1984) is well served by this collection of 61 stories (25 never before published): mostly short takes that deal with the black experience, ranging from impoverishment and prison life to the excesses and satisfactions of religion. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: WILLIAM GIRALDI
by Joe M. O'Connell

Novelist William Giraldi found writing his memoir The Hero's Body at once arduous and simple.

The book entwines his experiences as a teenage bodybuilder, the story of his ultra-macho working-class family and his father's untimely death in a motorcycle crash when he was in his 40s, the author in his 20s.

"I really started writing it when my ...


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WILLIAM MCKEEN
by Gregory McNamee

Charles Manson had a sweet, clear voice, reminiscent of Chet Baker’s, that could carry a pop song, a jazz standard, or a show tune. He wrote some good songs, a couple of which became unironic hipster anthems decades later. He charmed his way into an elite circle of Los Angeles musicians, and he swayed a few of them to record ...


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