Search Results: "Benjamin Ross"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 2010

"An important, disheartening account of widespread willful ignorance."
The engrossing, infuriating history of American pollution. Read full book review >

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SHE'S NOT THERE
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Half in Love with Death by Emily Ross

Cover Story: California Dreamin’

BFF Charm: Nope

Swoonworthy Scale: 0

Talky Talk: We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Bonus Factors: 1960s, Serial Killers

Relationship Status: What Is and What Should Never Be

 

Cover Story: California Dreamin’

The only thing that saves this from being a generic “pretty ...


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SUSAN SONTAG
by Michael Valinsky

In her new short story collection, Debriefing, Susan Sontag showcases her incredible skill at drawing readers in through jarring narrative gestures, confusing character arcs, and an unremittingly flirtatious tendency to poke fun at the possibilities of the imagination. “As a young writer Sontag wasn’t interested in the more conventional kind of fiction that was based in scene-making. She was after ...


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AND THEN LIFE HAPPENS by Auma Obama
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"Another treatment of the extended Obama family that enlightens and deepens the public's understanding of the president."
A burnished look at a difficult, ruptured childhood in Kenya by the president's half sister, older by one year. Read full book review >

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YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT by Daniel Kehlmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A book to keep you up at night."
A beautifully crafted exercise in terror from one of Germany's most celebrated contemporary authors. Read full book review >

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INDIGO by Clemens J. Setz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"It's inevitable that Setz will be compared to Thomas Pychon, for his narrative has a similar complexity, nuance and, yes, even paranoia."
The title doesn't refer to the Indigo Girls, Mood Indigo or indigo buntings but rather to a bizarre childhood disease that causes dizziness and nausea in anyone who approaches the infected children.Read full book review >

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AUGUST'S MUST-READ SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR BOOKS
by John DeNardo

The final month of Summer reading season is upon us but that doesn't mean there aren't new and awesome stories to be read. Here's a roundup of the speculative fiction books that you should be looking at in August. They include stories about a magic-infused alternate history, witches in the Old West, a journey beyond Earth's ...


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THE CUSANUS GAME by Wolfgang Jeschke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A remarkable and utterly convincing work whose construction mirrors and illustrates the concepts it so meticulously and logically develops out of respectable scientific ideas."
First novel to appear in English translation from Czech-born German writer/editor/publisher Jeschke since The Last Day of Creation (1984). Read full book review >

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FUNERAL FOR A DOG by Thomas Pletzinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2011

"The story often meanders and can be somewhat frustrating, but those who make it to the end of this eccentric tale will have enjoyed an undeniably uncommon journey. Pletzinger is a unique young voice emerging from the hotbed of the German literary scene."
All narrators are unreliable in this bewildering fencing match between a children's-book author and a cultural anthropologist-turned-journalist. Read full book review >

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THE BEAR'S SONG by Benjamin Chaud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"This extraordinary picture book, first published in France as Une chanson d'ours (2011), is as happy a surprise as finding a honey-filled hive at the end of a fur-raising journey. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Hibernation is for grown-ups—Little Bear has adventure on his mind. Read full book review >

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CHERRY AND OLIVE by Benjamin Lacombe
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Told and illustrated in a restrained way, the episode may make heartening reading for sensitive children. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Shy, chubby bookworm that she is, Cherry leads a lonely existence until she meets a mournful-looking Shar Pei in her father's animal shelter. Read full book review >

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THE ELEPHANTOM by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"While imaginary friends are a common theme in picture books, phantom animals offer a different twist—and the conceit may give kids an excuse to offer up when things go wrong. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An elephantom? What's that? A phantom elephant, of course. Read full book review >