Search Results: "William J. McGee"


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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 >

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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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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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DEATH PENALTY by William J. Coughlin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 1992

"It's a pleasure watching the well-oiled machinery—politics, threats, and shameless legal maneuvering—that eventually brings Charley to a perfect three-point landing."
Recovering alcoholic Charley Sloan (Shadow of a Doubt, 1991, etc.), lowest rung of the Detroit bar, juggles three juicy cases as he struggles to keep from falling off the wagon. 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 >

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TINSELTOWN by William J. Mann
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"While searching for a solution to the sensational crime, Mann masterfully captures the zeitgeist of Hollywood in its early days."
Who killed William Desmond Taylor? More than 90 years after the unsolved murder of the renowned director, film historian and biographer Mann (Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand, 2012, etc.) takes up the cold case. Read full book review >