Search Results: "indie books of the month, december"


BOOK REVIEW

MONKEY AND MOLE AT THE RIJKSMUSEUM by Gitte Spee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2013

"It's a pleasant-enough story, but it's not quite effective as a way to draw young readers into a museum experience. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Two animal friends explore the recently renovated grand Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Read full book review >

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MURDER OF THE MONTH by Elizabeth C. Main
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 21, 2005

"Main's debut features many high-spirited alarums and excursions but no clues and no real detection. When Jane tries to kill time by begging the cornered murderer to explain himself, everything he tells her comes as a complete surprise."
An out-of-control daughter's wild accusations drag her mother into a murder case. Read full book review >

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FLAVOR OF THE MONTH by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 1993

"On Hollywood, Thomas Tryon is more touching, and Nathanael West more literate—but no one can touch Goldsmith for gusto."
In The First Wives Club (1992), Goldsmith was like a dog with a bone on the subject of rotten husbands; in her second novel, she's latched onto another theme that's almost as meaty: Hollywood, which she masticates with characteristic wicked glee. Read full book review >

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"Sad, true and beautiful."
A pitch-perfect exploration of grief and a compelling story about the ghosts-real and figurative-that haunt us in the wake of love and loss. Read full book review >

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THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY by James Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1970

"Jones-Hartley has been living in Paris long enough to say 'while I was making my toilet'; he's also old enough to be a benevolently avuncular observer and to mention, en passant, Irwin Shaw who like Jones shared a time that was, as well as a future that might have been."
Were it not for the Jones name, one could easily admit that this is no better or worse than any aliterary novel of this kind which attempts to convert a scene into a property. Read full book review >

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IN THE MONTH OF KISLEV by Nina Jaffe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A winning tale, unusually well told and presented. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Mendel the peddler and his hard-working wife are so poor they can't buy a single potato for Hanukkah but, miraculously, their daughters fall asleep contented each night after smelling the delicious aroma of latkes emanating from the home of Feivel the merchant. Read full book review >

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The Books of the Kings by Jay Effemm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2015

"Slow, highly political fantasy."
In Effemm's debut novel, King Hhalon of Genan is driven to choices that bring danger to his reign. Read full book review >

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THE MONTH OF THE LEOPARD by James Harland
Released: July 1, 2002

"Tension, pitifully lacking in the first two thirds of this grand adventure for MBAs, finally arrives, but nonbankers will probably have bailed out by then."
A plucky British banker defends the free world's financial system against a fiendish French fund manager—in a Euro-fueled thriller from a pseudonymous financial journalist. Read full book review >

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THE BUSINESS OF BOOKS by Andre Schiffrin
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"This is a jolting reminder what has been lost and what was once possible in publishing—and an important story for anyone interested in the future of reading."
An unsentimental look at the corrupting influence of money on book publishing. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"In this switch in medium from the box to the book, Burns has a more or less effective forum for his pop critiques."
An autodidact's breezy digest of the historical and personal importance of the book, with few intellectual pretensions and only a couple of political and cultural ones. Read full book review >

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Forestry Flavours of the Month by Alastair Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2016

"An accessible combination of policy analysis and reminiscences from a half-century-long forestry career."
A retired forester recounts his experiences working with trees and the logging industry around the world. Read full book review >

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MAN OF THE MONTH CLUB by Jackie Clune
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2006

"Clune turns every predicable cliché possible, but it's a mildly entertaining read, with a dollop of British appeal."
A London boutique owner on the cusp of turning 40 finds herself seized by the maternal instinct in British actress Clune's sarcastic, forced debut. Read full book review >