Search Results: "Amy Brill"


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THE MOVEMENT OF STARS by Amy Brill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2013

"Probing yet accessible, beautifully written and richly characterized: fine work from a writer to watch."
A young woman has her eyes opened to her community's limitations—and her own—in television writer/producer Brill's strong debut. Read full book review >

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DEAR PRINCESS GRACE, DEAR BETTY by Alida Brill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2016

"A perceptive chronicle of hard-won wisdom."
A candid memoir of love, illness, and friendship and a justification for "romantic feminist love." Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A DRUMMER BOY by Marlene Targ Brill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Abetted by Garland's startling paintings, which depict the faces in a photo-realistic fashion but allow other details in the scenes to remain as sketchy as memory, Brill's book succeeds as fiction, and will have many uses in the history classroom. (bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
A picture book for older readers, based on fact and done in diary form, tells the story of Orion Howe, a 12-year-old Civil War drummer boy who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and who was the subject of an ode in the Atlantic Monthly, reprinted at the back. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2003

Ash Tuesday (***UPFRONT EDITORIAL***) Read full book review >

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DATE WITH A DEAD DOCTOR by Toni Brill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 18, 1991

"More lucidity and less shtick could produce a better second outing."
Thirty something Midge Cohen-newly divorced; ex-teacher of Russian; writer of teen-age mysteries, makes her debut in this mildly engaging first novel. Read full book review >

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DATE WITH A PLUMMETING PUBLISHER by Toni Brill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 19, 1993

"Midge's frenetic crusade, though, makes no more sense than the plotting or subplotting of this chaotic story—which eventually renders charmless even its initially engaging heroine."
A second appearance for Brooklyn's Midge Cohen (Date with a Dead Doctor, 1991)—a 30-ish, divorced, struggling children's-book author, who's fluent in Russian and whose matchmaking mother Pearl is a dental receptionist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A flat account whose final aspiration ('[L]et the Holy Spirit fill the empty vessel') falls as heavily across the page as an unanswered prayer."
A sad chronicle of a failing marriage by a writer who finds hope and healing in nature and religion. Read full book review >

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THE PATTERER by Larry Brill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A fine historical novel and a witty, effervescent satire of media saturation."
A comic odyssey through the world of 18th-century London trash journalism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"The author tackles this beast of a topic admirably, creating a lucid, often riveting history that will be invaluable to the next generation of reformers."
An in-depth, impeccably researched examination of the education-reform movements that have swept America over the last several decades, as well as the obstacles they've faced. Read full book review >

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LITTLE WING LEARNS TO FLY by Calista Brill
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2016

"Brill's tale tips the didactic scale, but the importance of rules needs to reach dragon-loving kids as well. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tiny dragon wants to fly—and picks up important life lessons as well. Read full book review >

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TUGBOAT BILL AND THE RIVER RESCUE by Calista Brill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An old-fashioned story with timeless appeal. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"The Hudson River is smooth or choppy. It is blue or gray. It is swift or sluggish depending on the day." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"More or less a long press release for Coach K and Duke, as Brill mechanically recounts events, taking almost everything said by the coach at face value. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
Here, the Duke Blue Devils' back-to-back NCAA basketball championships (1991-92) are given superficial treatment by Brill, past president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Devils coach Krzyzewski. Read full book review >