Search Results: "Deborah Stuhr Iwabuchi"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DEVIL’S WHISPER by Miyuki Miyabe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Miyabi's fourth English translation (Crossfire, 2006, etc.) is a boldly imagined howdunit and a penetrating look at the problems of establishing and maintaining an identity in modern Japan."
A killer with a foolproof means of murder ticks victims methodically off his Tokyo hit list as a high-school student races to save the last target. Read full book review >

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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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CROSSFIRE by Miyuki Miyabe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 6, 2006

"Miyabe's trademark sociological dissection of contemporary Japan (Shadow Family, 2005, etc.) takes a backseat to Stephen King set pieces in the most conventional of her three novels translated into English. But she still manages to capture the warring loyalties of her avengers."
A veteran Tokyo cop hunts a vigilante killer with paranormal powers. 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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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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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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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 >

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RIDDLE OF THE NILE by Deborah Nash
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Factual information presented, however brief, could be enhanced with a short bibliography or suggested reading list, as Tamar Bower does in the more authentic-looking and beautiful rendition of the story, How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt (2005). (Picture book. 5-7)"
Eager to prove his wisdom and worthiness to become King of the Nile, Baby Crocodile swims up the river in search of the answer to Crookedy Crocodile's riddle (the classic St. Read full book review >