Search Results: "Aaron Sachs"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2006

"An important reference for anyone interested in this forgotten scientist and his still-vibrant ideas."
Erudite yet highly accessible biography of the Prussian explorer and naturalist who altered the 19th century's intellectual climate and became the godfather of the American environmental movement. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"An artful blend of reflection and call to action that steers around environmental fatalism toward 'the exhilaration and melancholy that mark every life.'"
Sachs (History and American Studies/Cornell Univ.; The Humboldt Current: Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism, 2006) offers a deep-running meditation on life, death, and our place in and responsibility to our world. Read full book review >

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Marilyn Sachs
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"But she also provides enough phone chat, mall shopping and family lore to make it all sweetly contemporary and much fun to read. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The middle child of five in a middle-class home, 15-year-old Alice is so involved in the plight of Mary, the middle sister in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, that she can't see the trajectory of the story and gets a C on her report. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH SANTA by Betsy Sachs
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

A "Stepping Stone Book" with chapters and enough pleasant, realistic b&w drawings to make the text approachable. Read full book review >

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A DECEMBER TALE by Marilyn Sachs
Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"What we're left with is the sobbing, though of course Sachs knows enough not to saturate the prose."
A heart-wringer about Myra, who is always crying—calls people on the phone, then just blubbers at them—and who has much to cry about. Read full book review >

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THE NINTH by Harvey Sachs
NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 2010

"A fan's notes—eloquent, erudite, passionate and musical."
The year 1824, viewed through the lens of Beethoven's final symphony—a mix of cultural history, memoir and musicology. Read full book review >

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JUST LIKE A FRIEND by Marilyn Sachs
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"A believable problem novel by an experienced author; the exasperation evoked in the reader by Vi's spoiled-brat behavior is a fair indication of Sachs' skill."
Patti, 14, idolizes her mother, Vi, just 17 years older than Patti: a girlish, effervescent companion who loves to shop, provides a constant supply of homemade cookies, and is a favorite with Patti's friends. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET OF THE NIGHTINGALE PALACE by Dana Sachs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"A solid story."
Sachs (If You Lived Here, 2007, etc.) takes a conventional literary device—a road trip—and uses compassion, humor and good writing to transform the journey into a memorable story. Read full book review >

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FOURTEEN by Marilyn Sachs
Released: April 1, 1983

"Bubbly and offbeat and, yes, more interesting than the likes of First Love."
Some funny, savvy stuff—especially about being the offspring/model of a children's book writer—hung on a forced, crypto-mystery plot. Read full book review >

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THE BEARS' HOUSE by Marilyn Sachs
Released: Oct. 15, 1971

"Despite the desolate environment it's a story of strength, for Fran Ellen's apparently meager resources prove sufficient to her needs and the potential stickiness of neglected waifs fixing their own Kool-Aid lunches is offset by restrained prose and the realistically shabby but affectionate drawings of Louis Glanzman."
When their father leaves home and their mother becomes too ill to function, Fran Ellen and her brother Fletcher attempt to keep the family together by hiding their plight from welfare investigators and teachers. Read full book review >

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MARV by Marilyn Sachs
Released: Sept. 1, 1970

"The suspicion that Mrs. Sachs is edging over into the incertitudes and ironies of adulthood is confirmed by the conclusion (Cousin Lebel's fate is in abeyance too); but Marv's bearding of Zelitsky the butcher or his pride that takes a fall with the dumbwaiter stand for something that doesn't need to be spelled out."
There are interesting developments in the Bronx bailiwick of Laura and Amy, Peter and Veronica. Read full book review >

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THE FLOOD by David Sachs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 12, 2015

"An engaging and ultimately devastating disaster novel."
A disabled cruise ship, packed with refugees and fleeing a tsunami, finds anything but smooth sailing in Sachs' thriller. Read full book review >