Search Results: "Aljoscha Blau"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FANTASTIC ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN by Heinz Janisch
ADVENTURE
Released: May 30, 2010

"This is handsomely designed in picture-book format, but the font size and amount of text on each page make it a lengthy read-aloud choice for kids whose imaginations trip the light fantastic. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Tales of Baron Munchausen have mostly belonged to previous generations, with a few books popping up now and then. Read full book review >

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THE FIVE FINGERS AND THE MOON by Kemal Kurt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"Blau, in his first book, brings out the story's eccentricities in craggy, shadowy illustrations, wrapped in color and tinged with menace; it's hard to care about this odd place, Elsewhere, but the illustrations have the austere beauty of a light in darkness. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
Kurt's fairy tale takes place in Elsewhere, beyond the horizon, with its queen and assorted dwarves, brownies, elves, and other kindred souls. Read full book review >

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THE BEGGAR'S CUP by Eric Blau
Released: Sept. 21, 1993

"There is occasional fine portraiture here- -Moe Cohen the haunted producer; old shul Jews in the Bronx at the story's wind-up—but the air of quixotic self-discovery pretty much rarefies the realism and leaves it an urbane but one-note flog. (First printing of 25,000)"
Zachary Barthelmes is a Hollywood scriptwriter and director importuned by a Holocaust-surviving movie mogul, Moe Cohen, king of the horror flicks, to write a screenplay about the life of Theodor Herzl, the Zionist founding father. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"An agile report that outclasses Mitch Gelman's comparable Crime Scene (1992)."
Diverting mix of crime reports, cop talk, Chicago politics, and gyrations of a young Chicago Tribune reporter trying to fit in with new colleagues and still ``make a difference.'' After a sudden transfer to the police reporters' office (known as the ``Cop Shop''), Blau found an antique atmosphere, with one detective chain-smoking Larks and snoozing as ashes fell on his wide lapels. Read full book review >

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SUBMISSION by Marthe Blau
Released: July 9, 2005

"Endlessly prying fingers aside, there's less psychological penetration than in Pauline Réage, though the language is a good deal more frank."
A scorching, affectless tale of sexual servitude that shows how little has been added in the 50 years since Story of O. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Parents of young children will be truly alarmed by this glimpse of what lies ahead, but it may give a glimmer of hope to those whose offspring have entered the terrible teens."
An unnerving look at teen and preteen behavior, with some advice on what puzzled parents can do about it. Read full book review >

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THE WONDER BREAD SUMMER by Jessica Anya Blau
Released: May 28, 2013

"Meant to be Alice in Wonderland by way of Boogie Nights, the book comes off more like vintage Tarantino performed by HBO's Girls."
1983 is like, a bummer, man, in this hazy quasi-comedy about sex, blow and what's next. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH LEXIE by Jessica Anya Blau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"It's a book balanced on thin devices, but Blau is almost as unsparing about Lexie as she is with the other characters, and her pacing is good. Anyone in the market for discount thrills will find them here."
If the protagonist of Blau's previous novel (The Wonder Bread Summer, 2013, etc.) saved all her bad decision-making for adulthood, she might look like the titular Lexie. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Driven by passion, this book instructs and inspires."
A poignant memoir by one of our nation's most admired African-American women, written with the assistance of journalist Blau. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An ideologically motivated farrago of unsupported assertions."
Working from a flimsy premise, two feminist scholars make a bizarre attempt to recreate the beliefs and rituals of Qumran. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 1993

"Still, their friends and caregivers will want to know about it, and the basic premise will be welcome to many."
A study of divorced older women that has important things to say to them—above all, that their lives may just be beginning anew after the long hiatuses of their marriages. Read full book review >