Search Results: "Bernice Eisenstein"


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I WAS A CHILD OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS by Bernice Eisenstein
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 17, 2006

"Like Art Spiegelman's Maus, with which it is likely to be compared (and hold up well in the bargain), Eisenstein's memoir is an ultimately hopeful act, enshrining ordinary people so that they will not be forgotten, wrinkles and warts and secrets and all."
String Hebrew-language chicken tags together, and you'll discover that the word "kosher" spells "Jew" sideways. So this brilliantly conceived child's-eye view of the Shoah generation reveals—to name just one mystery unraveled. Read full book review >

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CHILD OF THE HEART by Bernice Willms
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A taut and involving small-town tale of murder and loyalty from a promising new author."
A teenager finds her beliefs about her problematic uncle severely challenged. Read full book review >

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NINE LIVES by Bernice Rubens
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A killer so robotic that he seems sedated keeps a rather classically constructed, and very British, tale from being much more than an exercise in style."
There's a killer on the loose in England, and no psychotherapist is safe. Read full book review >

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A SOLITARY GRIEF by Bernice Rubens
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A teeth-grinding, chilling tale of human nastiness—in guises that are both horrible and most commonplace."
Reading a Rubens novel (Mate in Three, Our Father, Sat on Edge—all 1987) requires an iron-nerved distance. Read full book review >

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ABBY ALDRICH ROCKEFELLER by Bernice Kert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A splendidly intelligent, very readable portrait of a woman who was as wise in the rearing of her family as in the spending of her great wealth. (Forty b&w photos—not seen)"
Well-wrought life of the woman who was not only—in the words of a New York Times editorial published on the occasion of her death, in 1948 at age 73—``the spirit that held [the Rockefellers] together'' but whose role in the handling of the family wealth was ``a fortunate thing for society, for this country, and for the world.'' Kert (The Hemingway Women, 1983), despite all her exhaustive research, happily lets her subject retain all of her formidable vitality and independence—characteristics that her husband, the psychologically repressed and romantic loner John D. Rockefeller, Jr., both admired and occasionally sought to curtail. Read full book review >

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TAKING TURNS by Bernice Wolman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"The 26 poems are of good quality and mostly familiar, as are their subjects—animals, weather, moods, books, etc. Not essential, but very attractive. (Poetry/Picture book. 5-9)"
A nice idea: paired poems on the same subject but of varying difficulty, the easier ones—for new readers—on the right, imposed on full-page watercolors that gently set the stage without outshining the poems; the left-hand poems—intended for adults to read aloud—on delicate backgrounds with decorative patterns that also refer to the subjects. Read full book review >

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GATHERING OF WATERS by Bernice L. McFadden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A magical-realist treatment of Till's story can succeed (see Lewis Nordan's 1993 Wolf Whistle), but not at this level of distortion."
This well-intentioned but seriously flawed eighth novel from McFadden (Glorious, 2010, etc.) seeks to honor the memory of Emmett Till, victim of one of America's most horrific lynchings. Read full book review >

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SUGAR by Bernice L. McFadden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"A gritty but heartwarming celebration of friendship by a promising new writer."
African-American McFadden presents a sometimes schematically plotted but sweet debut tale of an unlikely friendship between two women. Read full book review >

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LOVING DONOVAN by Bernice L. McFadden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Sordid and incoherent, from a talented writer who's done much better. (Warning: fairly graphic descriptions of adult-child sex.)"
A slice of life and lots of sex, in a fourth from McFadden (This Bitter Earth, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE WARMEST DECEMBER by Bernice L. McFadden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A well-rendered tale of a not-so-pretty family."
With an engaging vitality, second-novelist McFadden (Sugar, 2000) explores a familiar subject—a daughter's troubled relationship with her abusive alcoholic father. Read full book review >

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THE GOLD WATCH by Bernice Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 1991

"The happy ending (new job, bike returned) may be less familiar to some children than the hard times, but it's satisfying; the cartoon-style illustrations are lively and expressive. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a pared-down style with the nuances of real experience, a mini-novel: After Joey's Dad loses his job, he pawns his watch. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"An attractive and effective introduction to insect identification. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
This intriguing sampling of insects has several things going for it: crisp, bright illustrations rendered in accurate detail that makes spotting the specimens pointed out in the text especially satisfying; an easy conversational style describing some of their most interesting, or visible, characteristics; additional facts that make species memorable and pique continuing interest. Read full book review >