Search Results: "Deborah Ruddell"


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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THE POPCORN ASTRONAUTS by Deborah Ruddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"A scrumptious set of food-themed poems for budding gourmets, ripe for hours of read-aloud fun. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Ruddell's collection of 21 bite-sized poems whets even the littlest of literary appetites. Read full book review >

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A WHIFF OF PINE, A HINT OF SKUNK by Deborah Ruddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

"An excellent collection with broad age appeal. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Twenty-three evocative poems about forest animals, beautifully illustrated. Read full book review >

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TODAY AT THE BLUEBIRD CAFÉ by Deborah Ruddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"A refreshing step up from nursery rhyme and a terrific introduction to poetry, with a smile attached. (Picture book/poetry. 4-9)"
Ruddell's debut features 22 delightfully diverse poems taking a new view of various feathered friends. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2002

"Unmarred by self-pity, an arresting story that women and men suffering from heart disease will find, well, heartening."
A commanding chronicle of a year in a woman's recovery from an unexpected and near-fatal heart attack. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A remarkable tale told somewhat unremarkably."
A young woman's coming-of-age and escape from a sect of Hasidic Judaism. Read full book review >

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THE JERUSALEM FILE by Joel Stone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"The line between hunter and hunted, like the line between Arab and Jew, is razor-thin in this spare, pensive but never brooding study of obsessive love."
In this novel by Stone (A Town Called Jericho, 1992), who died in 2007, a retired Israeli intelligence analyst playing detective stalks the adulterous wife of a jealous husband. Read full book review >

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THE HUMMINGBIRD by Stephen P.  Kiernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2015

"Tackles but ultimately oversimplifies thorny issues."
A hospice nurse, baffled by her husband's drastic personality change after his third deployment to Iraq, gleans valuable lessons from a dying World War II historian. Read full book review >

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DESIGNATED DAUGHTERS by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Though Maron (The Buzzard Table, 2012, etc.) unearths more of Deborah's family history for long-term fans, the main story is often burdened by too many characters and their tangential relationships."
The unlikely murder of an elderly relative sends a judge and her husband scurrying to investigate family history in order to find out who stands to gain from an old woman's death. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK BORROWER by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A rich, textured exploration of misfortune and its consequences: a book that will reward any reader willing to go slowly and absorb its course."
Mattison's third novel (after Hilda and Pearl, 1995, etc.) is actually a successful graft of two tales: one written by a 1920s feminist and radical, the other about the woman who reads that "first book" in the late 20th century. Read full book review >

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BY MOUSE AND FROG by Deborah Freedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"An elegant, exuberant portrayal of stylistic differences and child-writer passion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mouse wants to tell a simple, gentle story, but Frog bounces in and stirs it up. Read full book review >