Search Results: "Alan Lazar"


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ROAM by Alan Lazar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Not a Disney-esque Homeward Bound homage, but rather something of a canine version of Black Beauty."
Award-winning musician/composer Lazar's debut novel presents the tale of Nelson, half-beagle, half-poodle, and thoroughly lost. 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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ALAN BURDICK
by Gregory McNamee

Time is fleeting. Time flies. There’s never enough of it. With apologies to Irma Thomas, the greatest interpreter of the song “Time Is On My Side,” it’s really not.

We modern humans are bound to clocks, to having to be particular places at particular moments, to occupying certain points of the space-time continuum at, well, certain points. But thus ...


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LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD by Tara Lazar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"No skating on thin ice here—it's a winner. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A girl in a hood glides into a new version of an old story. Read full book review >

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SWAY by Zachary Lazar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2008

"A skillful dramatization of the consequences of making and inhabiting your own world. The Stones ought to write a song about it."
The often self-destructive misadventures of "young people severed from all ties to the ordinary world" are chronicled in Lazar's alluringly creepy second novel (Aaron, Approximately, 1998). Read full book review >

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AARON, APPROXIMATELY by Zachary Lazar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"A connect-the-dots first novel with a studied, self-conscious, sporadically vivid style."
A coming-of-age story that features a hero as ambivalent as the book's title—and the reader's response is likely to be just about equally so-so. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2009

"Meticulous but difficult to follow."
An exacting examination of the life and 1975 murder of the author's father, Ed Lazar, an Arizona accountant killed just before testifying about the house-of-cards real-estate business he'd inadvertently helped orchestrate. Read full book review >

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I PITY THE POOR IMMIGRANT by Zachary Lazar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"The connections Lazar makes here are complex and artful, though at times bewildering even to discerning readers."
A complex tale involving Meyer Lansky, Las Vegas, an investigative reporter and the murder of an Israeli poet. Read full book review >

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OCCASIONAL DESIRE by David Lazar
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Jagged pieces of a mirror that reveal a quirky, informed and immensely curious character."
Essayist Lazar (Creative Writing and English/Columbia Coll., Chicago; The Body of Brooklyn, 2003, etc.) returns with a collection of ruminations ranging from the quotidian to the querulous, from the evanescent to the enduring. Read full book review >

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LEE ALAN DUGATKIN
by Gregory McNamee

It’s a story as old as humankind: Somewhere, one of our ancestors threw a bone out into the darkness beyond the campfire, a wolf snatched it up, and its grateful descendants transformed themselves into dogs for our companionship. The process, it’s been supposed, took thousands of years, millennia in which those fierce, lethal hunters of the northern forests evolved—or devolved ...


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7 ATE 9 by Tara Lazar
by Tara Lazar, illustrated by Ross MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Counting has never been so mysterious or so much fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Pun fun reigns over this fast-paced whodunit. Read full book review >

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I THOUGHT THIS WAS A BEAR BOOK by Tara Lazar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"It's capably enough executed, but there are no surprises here. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An extraterrestrial spaceship crashes into the "Goldilocks" fairy tale in this mashup metafictive picture book. Read full book review >