Search Results: "Bruce Jay Friedman"


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A FATHER'S KISSES by Bruce Jay Friedman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 16, 1996

"Not his heaviest, deepest work, but Friedman's satiric eye is keenly focused in this pleasant romp about the limits of a father's love. (Author tour)"
From master black comedian Friedman (The Collected Short Fiction. . . , 1995, etc.) comes a dry, mordant take on the old story of the reluctant hit man. Read full book review >

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THE SLIGHTLY OLDER GUY by Bruce Jay Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Slight, but for Friedman's target demographic, reliably fun. (illustrations)"
A veteran humorist offers wry and shticky counsel on how to survive the ``rough patch'' of incipient male aging. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 26, 1995

"A welcome, hefty collection of an American original's finest writing."
From veteran Friedman—prolific short-fiction writer and novelist (Let's Hear It for a Beautiful Guy, The Current Climate, etc.), as well as playwright and screenwriter—comes this collection of 40-plus disparate and darkly humorous tales. Read full book review >

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THE PEACE PROCESS by Bruce Jay Friedman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Jewish humor lives in this frequently hilarious and thoughtful collection by the author of such classics as Stern (1962) and The Lonely Guy's Book of Life (1978)."
Friedman, now in his mid-80s, adds to his wide-ranging body of work with a sprawling comic novella about a faded filmmaker and stories about being old, lonely, and morally challenged. Read full book review >

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LUCKY BRUCE by Bruce Jay Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A life story that consistently charms with candor and the seasoned wit of a master storyteller who's certainly been around the block."
The hilariously juicy memoir of a successful novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Read full book review >

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NOTHING by Robin Friedman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Despite the many issues it tackles, this is a fast, well-written read, and while the conclusion is a bit too easy, the story is nonetheless moving. (author's note) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A quiet, lyric look at the price of perfection. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR MY SISTER GOT LUCKY by Aimee Friedman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"For ultra chick-lit fans. (Fiction. YA)"
Although not the star pupil at Anna Pavlova Academy like her older sister Michaela, high-school freshman Katya "Katie" Wilder is accustomed to the ballet school's cutthroat atmosphere, as well as to the constant lights, noise and people of New York City, where she has lived her entire life. Read full book review >

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THE IMPORTANCE OF WINGS by Robin Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"Told in a first-person voice that is both sardonic and sincere, Friedman's novel succeeds in bringing forth some common issues that challenge any immigrant American child who must straddle separate ways of life while striving for that true-blue American image. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
Roxanne (Ravit) Ben-Ari is an Israeli-American girl growing up in 1980s New York City. Read full book review >

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GUN MEN by Gary Friedman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 1993

"Good clean fun for gun- control freaks with a taste for blood."
A principled assassin takes on the brass of a quasi-NRA outfit in newcomer Friedman's first fiction—a pulpish update of Rogue Male. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2011

"Well-written and well-paced, but may have limited appeal."
A memoir of two years in the life of a slightly muddled collegiate who sought clarity by traveling the world on a shoestring budget. Read full book review >

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FLASHPOINTS by George Friedman
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A thoughtful, uncluttered treatise considering Europe's intractable patterns of unemployment, immigration and racism."
This nonacademic but erudite view of European history shows that the 20th century's trauma of war and violence is not quite behind us. Read full book review >

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IDEAL MARRIAGE by Peter Friedman
Released: March 1, 2004

"Andre is a friendly kid but hardly a complex one, and newcomer Friedman has to reach and stretch for material enough to fill up even this microcosmic little slip of a Bildungsroman."
The sometimes, though never deeply, amusing little tale of a teenaged boy planning for his sex life. Read full book review >