Search Results: "Barbara Harshav"


BOOK REVIEW

BARBARA BUSH by Rose Blue
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1991

"Illustrations not seen; chronology; further reading; index. (Biography. 11+)"
An entry in the ``Contemporary Women'' series pays admiring tribute to its subject: Blue and Naden cast every aspect of the First Lady's life in a glow. Read full book review >

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ONLY YESTERDAY by S.Y. Agnon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"One of the finest novels of this century."
Never before available in English, a masterpiece of the picaresque by the Nobel laureate who is arguably the greatest novelist in modern Hebrew. Read full book review >

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THE PURE ELEMENT OF TIME by Haim Be’er
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 2002

"But it's also filled with vivid domestic episodes, brisk dialogue, and a moving appreciation of the mixed need to emerge from, and still belong to, the worlds of one's fathers and mothers."
As much memoir as fiction, this 1998 novel by a highly regarded contemporary Israeli writer charts a young writer's progress through the worlds of his childhood and his family's cherished memories and traditions to his emergence as a published novelist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 2007

"A readable, provocative rejoinder to Tom Segev's 1967, Gershom Gorenberg's The Accidental Empire and other recent works on modern Israel."
Must one be Zionist to be Israeli, or even Jewish? Historian Brecher, former director of the Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem, ponders the question. Read full book review >

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FICKLE BARBARA by Satomi Ichikawa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"The last (copyright) page discloses that the text here is by Patricia Lee Gauch; even if the idea is Ichikawa's, it would be more honest to credit Gauch, at least as coauthor, on the title page. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``Ballerina Bear Barbara'' is one of many bears living in the room of a Parisian child. Read full book review >

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BARBARA BUSH by Pamela Kilian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 1992

"An informative biography, then, but not definitive. (Sixteen-page photo insert— not seen.)"
Not an authorized biography, but longtime journalist Kilian (What Was Watergate?, YA, 1990) has assembled enough quotes from friends, family, and Mrs. Bush herself to create a lively and credible portrait of this immensely popular First Lady. Read full book review >

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NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON by Pascal Mercier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"An intriguing fiction only occasionally diluted by redundancy and by Mercier's overuse of the metaphor of a train journey."
An elegant meditative book teaches a painfully ironic life lesson in German-Swiss author Mercier's searching 2004 novel, a critically acclaimed international bestseller being published in the United States for the first time. Read full book review >

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THE LAST JEW by Yoram Kaniuk
Released: Feb. 2, 2006

"Yet a hopeful future does beckon, as Kaniuk ends his rich, demanding, life-affirming masterpiece. Not an easy read, but not to be missed."
The cyclical nature of history and the repetitive sufferings of the Jews are analyzed with initially forbidding, eventually revelatory complexity in the great Israeli writer's previously untranslated 1982 novel. Read full book review >

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AUDREY AND BARBARA by Janet Lawson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"Of course. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Audrey wants to go to India. Read full book review >