Search Results: "Alan Jacobson"


BOOK REVIEW

FALSE ACCUSATIONS by Alan Jacobson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 2, 1999

"Good questions, but the characters, meanwhile, are stick figures and the plotting's unconvincing—including the final twist, which in its awkwardness is more irritating than breathtaking. (Author tour)"
A debut suspenser that takes something from Patricia Cornwell, something from John Grisham, and manages a bland blend of both. Read full book review >

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THE HUNTED by Alan Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"Jacobson rounds up the usual stick figures for yet another soapy suspenser."
In this wearisome thriller by the author of False Accusations (1999), the pivotal plot device is (brace yourself) amnesia. Read full book review >

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ALAN GRATZ
by Megan Labrise

To many Americans, the plight of refugees can seem remote—until you find their boat.

Middle-grade novelist Alan Gratz was vacationing in the Florida Keys when his family discovered an abandoned escape raft during a walk on the beach.

“It was clearly a raft from some other place in the Caribbean, trying to get to America,” says Gratz, whom Kirkus ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FOODCHAIN by Jeff Jacobson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 17, 2010

"Jacobson trenchantly denounces the substandard treatment of animals and the questionable practice of paying to hunt captive animals in a debut packed with relentless scenes of death and torture. Sensitive readers beware."
A one-time veterinarian descends into a maelstrom of violence and grim ethical dilemmas. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2012

"A good start on a rich subject."
A solid, readable academic inquiry into accordion technology and culture, showing how the instrument has adapted to changing times and trends. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"This poignant and provocative book goes beyond its historical setting to get to the heart of why people do or don't identify with ethnic, national, or religious groups."
A dramatic exploration of varying degrees of Jewish identity espoused, concealed, or denied by 15 Holocaust survivors during and after the war. Read full book review >

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THE PROTOCOLS OF AMBIGUITY by B.B. Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2014

"A skillfully written novel, undermined by fundamentalist propaganda."
In Jacobson's debut novel, a precocious boy from a broken family feels God's influence on his life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2012

"Rich and flavorful—best ingested in small amounts so the savory pleasures linger."
The 2010 winner of the Man Booker Prize serves up selections from his columns at the Independent. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"Personal, savvy journalism that will make readers stop in their tracks and ponder. Provocation, in a word, and Jacobson will trade you slap for slap."
Jazzy, under-the-skin forays into all manner of New York City life, from journalist Jacobson (12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2008

"A juicy read for anyone interested in the intriguingly lascivious underworld of a purportedly straight-laced culture."
The exotic, delicately erotic world of Japanese nightclubs, as seen by an American employee. Read full book review >

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THE DOG'S LAST WALK by Howard Jacobson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"A delightful and argute collection from a talented stylist."
A collection of mini-essays from one of England's finest writers. Read full book review >

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THE GOD-FEARER by Dan Jacobson
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A delicate, masterful fable in which the shadows of memory, the ravages of old age, and the mirrored horrors of history intertwine."
The tables of religious history are turned in this haunting tale about an old man's last days, in which he has to relive a craven episode of his youth that he had completely repressed—the latest from London-based writer Jacobson (the nonfiction Time and Again, 1985; plus several novels). Read full book review >