Search Results: "Barbara Harshav"


BOOK REVIEW

SMALL CHANGE by Yehudit Hendel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 2002

A 1988 collection of eight moving stories by a Polish-born Israeli writer who has throughout her long career produced numerous wrenching portrayals "of the Holocaust, the displaced, the depressed, and the terminally ill." 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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A MIGHTY IMAGINATION
by Julie Danielson

Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young aren’t new to collaboration. In 2012, she wrote and he illustrated Nighttime Ninja, her debut picture book. Mighty Moby, on shelves in early August, is their second collaboration, and it came to exist in a way not typical for most picture books, what the author calls “an unusual method” and “backward.”

Evidently, Ed Young ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE MISS MUFFET by Barbara Nascimbeni
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"There are a few clever ideas in this series, but many of the added verses and the repetitive art feel forced to fit the die-cut-hole gimmick. (Board book. 2-4)"
The famed Mother Goose arachnophobe finds her picnic pilfered by various animals in this expanded adaptation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAINSTORM by Barbara Lehman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 9, 2007

"Another surrealist triumph from a vigorous emerging talent. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Boredom leads to excitement when a little boy, trapped by rain, finds wonder and escape in an unlikely place. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PERFECT SNOW by Barbara Reid
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Cooperation, teamwork and creative problem solving taken to new levels make this a great choice, no matter what the season. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Most snow-themed books celebrate a day off from school, but Reid's latest just may have kids hoping for their own snow-filled recess. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Bash (Ancient Ones, 1994, etc.) has created a harmonious story, written out in calligraphy and warmly, colorfully illustrated with authentic scenes that firmly root this tree's importance in the facts. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
A fascinating look at the social, spiritual, and ecological significance of the banyan tree in the life of an Indian village. Read full book review >

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ELEANOR by Barbara Cooney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An author's note supplies other relevant information. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
"From the beginning the baby was a disappointment to her mother," Cooney (The Story of Christmas, 1995, etc.) begins in this biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Read full book review >