Search Results: "Deborah Layton"


BOOK REVIEW

DEBORAH by Esther Singer Kreitman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Essentially a curiosity, of some documentary value, but only marginal literary interest."
Accusatory autobiographical fiction, first published in 1936 as The Devil's Dance, enumerates the frustrations of an intellectually curious woman denied opportunities for education and self-expression. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Truly unforgettable. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour; television satellite tour)"
A chilling account of one woman's seven years in the Peoples Temple, culminating in the mass suicide just months after she escaped from the dystopian community of Jonestown. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An odd hybrid in which the personal and political awkwardly jostle one another and tend to get hopelessly mixed up in the fray."
Expressly following the feminist dictum that ``the personal is political,'' Pogrebin (Among Friends, 1986; Family Politics, 1983, etc.), a founding editor of Ms. magazine, mixes memoir with reportage to chart her dual commitment to Judaism and feminism. Read full book review >

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THE MAMMOTH ACADEMY by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"The decision by Oscar's new friend Fox to go unwashed as long as possible leads to all sorts of stinky humor that fits right in to this second-tier series opener. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Scribbly illustrations dominating nearly every spread, Layton's latest plunks fledgling readers down amidst a student body of typical types who—atypically—happen to be mammoths, saber toothed tigers, ground sloths, cave bears and other early mammals. Read full book review >

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THE TREE by Neal Layton
by Neal Layton, illustrated by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A feather-light tribute to finding common ground—or make that common air space. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A tree in a deep rural clearing proves to be a small village in jeopardy. Read full book review >

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GO WILD WITH... DESIGNS by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Overall, this colorful concept connects the right dots for a toddler audience. (Board book. 1-3)"
Single-word labels highlight a creative range of designs. Read full book review >

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SMILE IF YOU'RE HUMAN by Neal Layton
Released: March 1, 1999

"The goofy illustrations deploy a childlike sense of fun; the aliens are pleasant creatures with round patchwork bodies and eyes on stalks, and the gregarious zoo animals will ring true for the animal cracker set. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Layton's zany alien family comes to Earth in search of humans, but with only guidebook descriptions of what people look like, it's easy to make mistakes—especially when their flying saucer lands at the zoo! Read full book review >

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THE SWAP by George Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"In Arthur, readers can acknowledge their own weaknesses, be reassured by their convictions, and witness the redemptive powers of humanity. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The schoolyard adventures of Arthur, 11, set against the background of northern England in the 1950s, form the anecdotal plot of this charming novel. Read full book review >

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LIFE AT SEA by Monique Layton
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"An eccentric but enthralling look at the human conquest of the sea."
A wide-ranging account of the history of seafaring that incorporates economic, political, and sociological commentary. Read full book review >

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The New Arcadia by Monique Layton
Released: July 23, 2015

"A layered and fascinating analysis of history and anthropology."
Layton (Notes From Elsewhere: Travel and Other Matters, 2011) dissects Tahiti's complex history by examining not only historical accounts, but also the cultural myth these accounts spawned in the Western world. Read full book review >

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CLUTCH OF PHANTOMS by Clare Layton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A splendid job."
Layton, better known as mystery writer Natasha Cooper (Prey to All, 2000, etc.), starts putting the pressure on London stockbroker Cass Evesham by offsetting her huge success at her job with the treachery of Alan, her longtime lover, who's chosen the eve of their two-week holiday in the Seychelles to end their affair. Read full book review >

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BARTHOLOMEW AND THE BUG by Neal Layton
ADVENTURE
Released: July 15, 2006

"A lighthearted take on mortality, as well as the old truth that travel is a broadening experience. (Picture book. 6-8)"
First U.S. edition of a UK prizewinner, this brief tale sends a kindhearted bear and a short-lived crane flying off to the Big City. Read full book review >