Search Results: "Aviva Cantor"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"A vast and often entertaining look into one woman's Jewish-feminist midlife crisis."
A fairly good survey of the first 4,000 years of Judaism and the role patriarchy has played in it—also a thinly veiled harangue against everything that raises the author's ire about modern Jewish life. Read full book review >

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UNDOCUMENTED by Aviva Chomsky
NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2014

"An urgent, earnest report, albeit one not likely to receive quick legislative repair, on the fraught national immigration policy."
As deportations briskly continue, an impassioned analyst explains how so many workers essential to the economy become illegal and are turned away from our nation's southern border by the busload. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF GLASS by Jillian Cantor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Melissa's first-person narrative rings true, and although the predictable conclusion will surprise no one, the meandering, slow-paced journey is pleasantly satisfying. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
High-school freshman Melissa's beloved father has recently died of cancer, leaving her struggling to find her way without his advice and learning how to come to terms with her grief without giving up her memories of him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARGOT by Jillian Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Cantor diminishes Margot's spiritual identity crisis by introducing a predictable office romance plot."
Children's book author Cantor (The Life of Glass, 2010, etc.) shrinks her high concept—what if Anne Frank's sister Margot didn't die at Auschwitz but moved to Philadelphia under an assumed identity—to fit more predictable parameters of women's fiction. Read full book review >

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WAR AND REMEMBRANCE
by Bobbi Dumas

In two days we’ll honor those who fought and served to keep our country and our freedoms safe through decades of war. If you’re a fan of WWI and WWII fiction, this is a great time to be a reader, since there seems to be a surge of titles with these themes.

I’ve (loved and) written about some of them ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A challenging, though somewhat hyperbolic, study."
paper 0-15-600592-1 A blazing diatribe against the media for its pernicious long-term effects on children's minds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FORGIVING THE ANGEL by Jay Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Shot through with black comedy, unsparing honesty and robust intellect—in short, a fitting Kafka tribute."
A quartet of somber fictions on the surprising influence of Franz Kafka's work and life on those around him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEARCHING FOR SKY by Jillian Cantor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 13, 2014

"Despite some shortcomings, an appealing and sensitive reverse-survival story. (Fiction. 12-17)"
For Sky, contemporary California is a brave new world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 26, 1996

"Of special interest to sufferers, but also valuable to their families and to health professionals."
Words of comfort from a recovered hypochondriac whose own fear-filled years of suffering, eventual mental breakdown, and successful therapy demonstrate that this much-maligned ailment can be treated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A welcome addition to the little-explored field of African- American radio. (Sixteen pages of photographs.)"
A light and lively history of WDIA, the country's first all- black radio station. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREAT NECK by Jay Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2003

"Comprehensive and amusing. At 13 years in the making, should we be surprised that it's too long?"
A subparticle look at privileged Long Island Jewish kids who manage to zap themselves to all the right places at all the right times for a comprehensive pseudohistory. Read full book review >

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GOOD ON PAPER by Rachel Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"In this feat of a novel, knowledge is a tiny first step on the way to understanding."
A translator struggles to redefine her work, her family, and her sense of self. Read full book review >