Search Results: "Dana Sachs"


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THE SECRET OF THE NIGHTINGALE PALACE by Dana Sachs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"A solid story."
Sachs (If You Lived Here, 2007, etc.) takes a conventional literary device—a road trip—and uses compassion, humor and good writing to transform the journey into a memorable story. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

"Sure to arouse controversy and debate, the book raises important and timely questions about the wisdom of and motivation behind humanitarian efforts to remove children from nations embroiled in strife."
An investigation into the 1975 airlift of Vietnamese children to the United States. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2000

"Vividly detailed vignettes of living with a remarkably generous people who are determined to move on."
An American journalist's low-key but affectionate account of her extended visits to Vietnam, beginning in the early 1990s, that reflect more personal than political reactions to a country recovering from its war-torn past and tentatively embracing western culture. Read full book review >

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IF YOU LIVED HERE by Dana Sachs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"Facile treatment of a difficult subject."
Glib exploration of international adoption. Read full book review >

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Marilyn Sachs
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"But she also provides enough phone chat, mall shopping and family lore to make it all sweetly contemporary and much fun to read. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The middle child of five in a middle-class home, 15-year-old Alice is so involved in the plight of Mary, the middle sister in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, that she can't see the trajectory of the story and gets a C on her report. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH SANTA by Betsy Sachs
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

A "Stepping Stone Book" with chapters and enough pleasant, realistic b&w drawings to make the text approachable. Read full book review >

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A DECEMBER TALE by Marilyn Sachs
Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"What we're left with is the sobbing, though of course Sachs knows enough not to saturate the prose."
A heart-wringer about Myra, who is always crying—calls people on the phone, then just blubbers at them—and who has much to cry about. Read full book review >

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THE NINTH by Harvey Sachs
NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 2010

"A fan's notes—eloquent, erudite, passionate and musical."
The year 1824, viewed through the lens of Beethoven's final symphony—a mix of cultural history, memoir and musicology. Read full book review >

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JUST LIKE A FRIEND by Marilyn Sachs
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"A believable problem novel by an experienced author; the exasperation evoked in the reader by Vi's spoiled-brat behavior is a fair indication of Sachs' skill."
Patti, 14, idolizes her mother, Vi, just 17 years older than Patti: a girlish, effervescent companion who loves to shop, provides a constant supply of homemade cookies, and is a favorite with Patti's friends. Read full book review >

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FOURTEEN by Marilyn Sachs
Released: April 1, 1983

"Bubbly and offbeat and, yes, more interesting than the likes of First Love."
Some funny, savvy stuff—especially about being the offspring/model of a children's book writer—hung on a forced, crypto-mystery plot. Read full book review >

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BABY SISTER by Marilyn Sachs
Released: Jan. 1, 1986

"But it is in the humanity of these characters and their contradictions, as well as their values, that Sachs has made an ordinary story extraordinary."
The search for personal identity and romance are common themes of many YA novels. Read full book review >

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THE FLOOD by David Sachs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 12, 2015

"An engaging and ultimately devastating disaster novel."
A disabled cruise ship, packed with refugees and fleeing a tsunami, finds anything but smooth sailing in Sachs' thriller. Read full book review >