Search Results: "William J. Birnes"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MICKEY ROONEY by Richard A. Lertzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A comprehensive portrait of Mickey the screw-up; those wanting a more considered portrait of the artist will be disappointed."
The scuzzy life and desperate times of a movie icon. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2013

"A thin, mostly secondhand portrait of a misguided doctor and the harm he caused his famous clientele."
JFK, his rogue doctor and the conspiracy to kill a meth-addicted president. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Shallow and unpersuasive."
Intriguing but insufficiently skeptical account of the paranormal in American history. Read full book review >

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Released: April 17, 2007

"Does the world blow up? Only the most doggedly persistent of readers will care to find out."
In space, no one can hear you scream—especially if the satellites grow cold. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"While some of the notions presented are old-fashioned, students will find useful—not only for research purposes—the lessons of how to be a good friend, a good citizen, and a successful businessperson. (appendix, chronology, index) (Anthology. 12-15)"
The core beliefs of the US's founding fathers are presented in this anthology from Bennett (The Book of Virtues for Young People, 1995, etc.), adapted from his Sacred Honor (1997). Read full book review >

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A IS FOR AARRGH! by William J. Brooke
Released: Sept. 30, 1999

PLB 0-06-023394-X Here's some caveman satire from Brooke (A Brush with Magic, 1993, etc.), who focuses on young Mog; his invention of the Word revolutionizes the lives of his parents, Brog and Pog, and everyone else in the club-wielding tribe. Read full book review >

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THINGS INVISIBLE by William J. Reynolds
Released: May 25, 1989

The fourth outing for Omaha-based private-eye Nebraska (last seen in Money Trouble, 1988) dishes up the same ingredients as usual, but in an especially tasty broth. Read full book review >

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THE ORPHAN BEAR by William J. Rewak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2014

"Masterful poems from a seasoned writer."
Rewak's (The Right Taxi, 2012) latest collection showcases the work of a skilled poet near the peak of his powers. Read full book review >

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MASTERS OF THE WORD by William J. Bernstein
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2013

"A smart take from an unusual angle on a much-discussed media trend."
Financial historian Bernstein (A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World, 2008, etc.) shifts gears slightly to focus on communication as an engine of change. Read full book review >

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DRIVE-BY by William J. Reynolds
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1995

"Less whodunit than howcatchem, with a hero whose long sabbatical has mainly sobered him from an inveterate wiseguy to a gasbag anti-gang moralist."
The Omaha police think Darius LeClerc, gunned down for being in the wrong place at the wrong place, was just another random casualty of gang violence. Read full book review >