Search Results: "Christiane F."


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ZOO STATION by Christiane F.
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"Disturbing but compelling. (Memoir. 14 & up)"
An eloquent memoir of teen drug abuse from 1970s Berlin retains a contemporary feel in a new translation. Read full book review >

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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: FORERUNNER TO AMERICAN HORROR
by Andrew Liptak

It’s almost a rite of passage in high school: your English teacher takes out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel The Scarlet Letter, and you, as a student, have to slog through the antiquated prose and story for several weeks. Friends and family don’t remember the book fondly, but recently, I’ve begun to understand just how critical The Scarlet Letter and ...


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Impressive reportage, a fearless commitment to seeing what there is to see, and a strong sense of history: a fine work of literary travel, one that honors its subjects."
A travel writer's anabasis through a country that is no country. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2010

"An entrancing journey through the lower depths."
A sensitive, wildly out-of-control girl grows up battling drug addiction and manic-depression in this memoir of dysfunction. Read full book review >

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ABC YOGA by Christiane Engel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Still, a sturdy and playful introduction to the popular practice of an ancient tradition. (Board book. 2-4)"
A multihued cast of characters introduce yoga to preschoolers and toddlers. Read full book review >

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ABC LOVE by Christiane Engel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An emotional mess. Here's hoping Engel finds a text worthy of her playful art. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
Children and their grown-ups explore the ABCs of love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2010

"A compelling but scattered study that requires a patient, highly engaged reader."
A complicated, ambitious survey of the Zanzibar dynasty and the scourge of the Arab slave trade in Africa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 2001

"Written with precision, this sincere (though somewhat uneventful) account offers the reader a glimpse of an Iran rarely seen in the news."
A travelogue in which Bird (The Jazz and Blues Lover's Guide to the US, not reviewed) successfully unpeels the many layers behind the opaque veneer of Iran. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Amelia's Prayer by Christiane Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2015

"A flawed but still rewarding tale of a relationship."
An epic novel of a romance forged in war and of the couple's later troubles while raising a family. Read full book review >

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THE BEST BOOK OF ENDANGERED AND EXTINCT ANIMALS by Christiane Gunzi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 9, 2004

"Marginal. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
This easy introduction to animal extinction for younger readers misses the mark, focusing on dramatic extinctions of dinosaurs, mammoths, and animals hunted to extinction, and paying little attention to the complex inter-relationship between animals, plants, and the environment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TREE HOUSE CHILDREN by Carolyn White
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1994

"No source or comments on the adaption are given. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-8)"
Folklorist White's first picture book—a simply told, deliciously gruesome tale of a witch stalking two succulent children—will rivet young readers. Read full book review >