Search Results: "Don Hoffman"


BOOK REVIEW

SPARKY THE FIRE DOG by Don Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Serviceable—nothing more. (safety tips) (Picture book. 3-7)"
A friendly Dalmatian assists firefighters and inspects homes for fire safety. Read full book review >

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STRAVAGANZA by Mary Hoffman
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2005

"Bonus: Fans should flock to the history section to investigate the fascinating setting. (Fantasy. 11+)"
A crackerjack conclusion to a superior historical fantasy trilogy. Read full book review >

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STRAVAGANZA by Mary Hoffman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The tidy resolution seems to leave little room for sequels; still, some intriguing minor characters and glimpses of other cities hint at a richer world than so far revealed. (Fantasy. 11+)"
Political intrigue unfolds against the glittering backdrop of an alternative Venice, in the first of a promised trilogy. Read full book review >

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WILD THORN by William Hoffman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"A bit heavy on the backwoods caricatures, but a good read all the same: fast, and as fresh and unvarnished as a newly whittled stick."
Hoffman's latest excursion into the backwoods of Appalachia (Blood and Guile, 2000, etc.) continues the adventures of Charley LeBlanc, black sheep of a First Family of Virginia. Read full book review >

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LIES by William Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Hoffman conveys the stink of poverty and the shame it can cause, but not much else."
Scenes from a dirt-poor childhood in Depression-era Virginia. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"An authoritative, sweeping, important history that shows how terrorism 'is neither irrational nor desperate but instead entirely rational and often carefully calculated and choreographed.'"
How Jewish terrorists defeated British rule. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A remarkable book. (One map)"
In a superb successor to her impressive personal memoir, Lost in Translation (1988), Hoffman chronicles two trips taken a year apart to de-Sovietized East Europe—touring her native Poland, as well as Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. Read full book review >

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THE RIVER KING by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2000

"A host of complex, well-drawn characters and a strong story make up for a slight tendency to overdo the magic realism in a novel sure to please Hoffman's many fans."
Hoffman, a gifted writer who's been treading water lately (Local Girls, 1997, etc.), is in much better form with this compelling portrait of class tensions and personal longings in the small-town Massachusetts. Read full book review >

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SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT by Beth Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Humor, wish-fulfillment and buckets of sentiment bulk out an innocent, innovation-free debut that would work well for teenage readers."
Sunshine enters an unhappy child's life in a Southern getting-of-wisdom novel as uncomplicatedly sweet as one of Oletta's famous cinnamon rolls. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1992

"Deftly mixing history, countless interviews, and an analysis of recent events country by country, this is a valuable resource for those interested in what the future might hold for Eastern Europe and the Jews who choose to stay there. (Photo insert—not seen.)"
An astute, challenging assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of Jewish communities formerly behind the Iron Curtain, by Jerusalem journalist/sociologist Hoffman. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 20, 2000

"Steadily perceptive and brimming with informed passion, Hoffman's account opens the shades on one of the most remarkable cities on earth."
A gracefully wrought, impressionistic portrait of life in a singular Jerusalem neighborhood. Read full book review >

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SURVIVAL LESSONS by Alice Hoffman
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A lightweight but heartening book."
A how-to guide to facing death and living life by the popular novelist and cancer survivor. Read full book review >