Search Results: "William J. Dobson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 2012

"A pertinent work of journalistic research that will gain fresh meaning as authoritarian regimes both evolve and fall."
A fluid study of how heavy-handed repression by authoritarian regimes has given way to more subtle forms of control. Read full book review >

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DEATH WITHOUT TENURE by Joanne Dobson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Karen's sixth case (Cold and Pure and Very Dead, 2000, etc.) has everything you'd expect from an academic mystery—civilized dialogue, literary allusions, venal administrators, miasmal paranoia—and not a smidgen more."
Going up for tenure turns out to be only the second biggest strain on professor Karen Pelletier's life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"Restrained storytelling and a string of charming, relatable characters make the prairie seem like much more than a flyover region."
A first-time author goes on walkabout in the Great Plains. 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 BIOGRAPH GIRL by William J. Mann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"For all the camp and melodrama, a finely detailed and satisfyingly complicated mystery, aided in its allure by several characters simultaneously coming to terms with how they came to be who they are."
Skillfully blending facts, fancy, and a vision of the earliest days of moviemaking, the artful Mann (Wisecracker, 1998, etc.) resurrects the first movie star as a hot-ticket 107-year-old discovered in a Catholic nursing home in Buffalo by twin brothers who promptly start fighting over her to further their own agendas. Read full book review >

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KATE by William J. Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A sprawling salute to an awe-inspiring, world-class actor."
Film biographer/historian Mann (Edge of Midnight, 2005, etc.) considers the vibrant life of a 20th-century icon with encyclopedic scrutiny and a pinch of whimsy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 2012

"Illuminating Civil War history from an expert in the field."
Cooper (History/Louisiana State Univ.; Jefferson Davis and the Civil War Era, 2008, etc.) shares his encyclopedic knowledge of the American South and the Civil War as he exposes the players who drew the country into war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2012

"Informative but not terribly entertaining."
Award-winning Consumer Reports travel journalist McGee (Creative Writing/Hofstra Univ.) delivers a workmanlike tell-all about the airline industry. Read full book review >