Search Results: "Alvin Wander"


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DEADLY AMBITIONS by Alvin Wander
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"A circuitous but diverting thriller."
In Wander's (The Silent Lion, 2009) latest novel, a terrorist group plans an attack using leaked secrets from a high-tech company, and only a retired Israeli army officer can stop them. Read full book review >

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HOW THE DEAD LIVE by Alvin Greenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Eventually, the stories seem as dead as their characters."
A ponderous collection by a Minnesota author (Going Nowhere, 1971, etc.) who seems to have mastered Poe's voice without plumbing his depth. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"It's an honest story of collective courage, evocative, well-written, and fixed before the colors fade. (Photos and maps, not seen) (Book-of- the-Month Club/History Book Club selections)"
An unpretentious personal memoir of participation in WW II. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: April 1, 1992

Not since Carl Withers's A Rocket in My Pocket (1948) has there been such a grand compilation of familiar (and unfamiliar) rhymes and chants from the children's own tradition: riddles, games, wishes and taunts; poems about love, food, school, or animals; parodies, nonsense, and stories. Read full book review >

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SCARY STORIES 3 by Alvin Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"You first. (Folklore. 10-14)"
A poltergeist that specializes in unscrewing bottle-caps...a couple who bring home a strange-looking little dog from Mexico, only to be told that it's a sewer rat...suddenly vanishing friends, relatives, and animals...a Texas girl raised by wolves- -yes, it's a new collection of horribilia: chillers, ghost stories, and urban legends, retold in an appropriately matter-of- fact way and illustrated by a master of the macabre. Read full book review >

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DECIPHERING THE NEW ANTISEMITISM by Alvin H. Rosenfeld
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A source book that will be of special value to those who see and are concerned about the new anti-Semitism."
An old, noxious contagion of prejudice is on a rapid, virulent rise. These scholarly essays, collected by Rosenfeld (English and Jewish Studies/Indiana Univ.; The End of the Holocaust, 2011, etc.), review the epidemiology of anti-Semitism and seek to determine the etiology, roots, and history of this special form of bigotry.Read full book review >

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A MAN AND HIS PRESIDENTS by Alvin S. Felzenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A well-delineated portrait of an impassioned conservative."
An admiring look at the career of William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008), public contrarian. Read full book review >

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THE SEVENTH WELL by Fred Wander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"A story we cannot hear too many times is grippingly retold in this blistering report from hell on earth. Wander's legacy thus becomes a gift bequeathed to all of us."
The experiences of Galician Holocaust survivor Wander, who died in 2006, are starkly fictionalized in this lyrical novel originally published in East Germany in 1970. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"The definitive biography of this important figure remains to be written. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A patchwork oral memoir by the great African-American dancer/choreographer. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS! by Alvin Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Chess's tongue-in-cheek illustrations add a perfect gruesome touch. (Folklore/Easy reader. 5-8)"
From its foreword to its notes on ``Where the Stories Come From,'' this ``I Can Read'' collection of seven appealing, mildly scary stories is a model of authenticity: the simplified but effective retellings honor both their sources and their intended audience. Read full book review >

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LEARNING ABOUT AIDS by Alvin Silverstein
Released: Feb. 1, 1989

Trying to involve readers, the authors begin by inadvertently fostering stereotypical fears: there's a lot of whispering; perhaps you notice that your mother no longer kisses your fatigued uncle. Read full book review >