Search Results: "Austin Ratner"


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IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING by Austin Ratner
Released: March 12, 2013

"This could be a family epic crudely whittled down or a sketch of one. Either way, this book doesn't match its ambition."
Two generations of men tussle with love, medicine and fatherhood in this rambling follow-up to Ratner's 2009 debut, The Jump Artist. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A fine personal narrative, but readers will likely want more practical parenting tips."
Ratner look at issues regarding advertising and children in this memoir and parenting-advice book. Read full book review >

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THE LION'S SHARE by Rochelle Ratner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"More sketch than portrait."
A second novel from poet and American Book Review editor Ratner (Bobby's Girl, 1986), whose heroine's struggle for normalcy and fulfillment, while most admirable, packs as about as much punch as the stuffed animals she collects. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2012

"Often lyrical, sometimes a bit ponderous: a painful, personal record of Cambodia's holocaust."
Ratner's avowedly autobiographical first novel describes her family's travails during the genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the late 1970s. Read full book review >

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BEARING LIFE by Rochelle Ratner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 15, 2000

"An intricate and important anthology, ultimately using childlessness to develop a study of art, female identity, and self-understanding."
Over 50 women contribute to this engaging collection of essays, fiction, and poetry exploring childlessness. Read full book review >

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MUSIC OF THE GHOSTS by Vaddey Ratner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Lush with tropical heat and heated emotions, this is no easy read but impossible to put down."
Ratner (In the Shadow of the Banyon, 2012), a survivor of the Khmer Rouge years in Cambodia, has written a novel-length smot, a form of "poetry sung in honor of loved ones, living or dead." Read full book review >

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Captain Mullet and the Compass Rose by Joel M. Ratner
Released: July 18, 2011

"Slow, charming and delightful, this coastal novel makes for a great summer read."
In Ratner's debutnovel, set in a small town in Florida, Capt. Henry Selmer has a simple life and aims to keep it that way. Read full book review >

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PRISM by Austin Bay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 1996

"Implausible but readable fantasy for Soldier-of-Fortune fans."
James Bond lives again in a wildly improbable, marginally absurd military thriller that forges high-tech hardware and ESP. Read full book review >

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MONSTERS LOVE SCHOOL by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Though most readers would probably rather not face a Cyclops principal, hopefully they will have as good a first day as Blue and come to love school. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Austin's scribbly, lovable monsters are back, this time going beyond an exploration of colors (Monsters Love Colors, 2013) to tackle the biggest adventure of all—Monster School. Read full book review >

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COUNTDOWN WITH MILO by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2012

"An amusing, imaginative launch into outer space. (Board book. 1-3)"
Milo and Mouse have an out-of-this-world adventure. Read full book review >

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JUNKYARD by Mike Austin
by Mike Austin, illustrated by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"While some kids will be fascinated with the robotic Munching Machines, the takeaway is unclear, and the represented ease of getting rid of garbage is certainly wrong. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The title on the cover is a clue to the tale—"JUNK" is rendered in a rusty-colored scribbly style, while "YARD" is a light green with a grassy pattern—but the ultimate message is murky. Read full book review >

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WHERE IS MILO'S BALL? by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2012

"Just as visually appealing as the app at first glance, and possibly even more durable—but showing considerable fall-off in narrative quality and awareness of audience. (Board book. 2-3)"
The blue cat that starred in the excellent app A Present for Milo (2010) makes an awful crossover from the digital domain. Read full book review >