Search Results: "Douglas Abrams"


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THE LOST DIARY OF DON JUAN by Douglas Abrams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Perhaps not a novel to be loved, but a dependably entertaining one."
The life and times of the legendary seducer, here imagined as a historical character whose diary has come into the possession of "editor" Abrams. Read full book review >

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DESMOND AND THE VERY MEAN WORD by Desmond Tutu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"A thought-provoking lesson for young readers on the destructiveness of bullying and racism. (letter to readers from Tutu, author's note) (Picture book/memoir. 4-8)"
Archbishop Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, remembers a life-changing and life-affirming moment from his childhood in racist South Africa. Read full book review >

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CRAZY LOVE by Amir Abrams
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"A thought-provoking and timely tale, told in an up-to-date, believable voice. (Fiction. 12-16)"
"[W]hen I was your age," Kamiyah's older sister Erika explains in this engaging, well-paced cautionary tale, "…we used to call that kind of love 'crazy love'—becoming obsessed with a relationship." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2005

"Complex yet lucidly conveyed points of constitutional interpretation, never bogged in jargon."
An up-close-and-personal account of the last 50 years in First Amendment law. Read full book review >

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PLAYING by Melanie Abrams
Released: April 1, 2008

"The detail devoted to the erotic role-playing of Devesh and Josie make it difficult to view them as fully rounded characters or to much care whether they can reform their love along less deviant lines."
A woman's sadomasochistic tendencies are traceable to childhood trauma in Abrams's titillating debut. Read full book review >

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THE FOURTH DIMENSION OF A POEM by M.H. Abrams
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 3, 2012

"A pleasant whiff of nostalgia for old libraries and older books, gently held and translated for us by a man who loves them."
A former professor and distinguished literary critic who will reach his 100th birthday this year offers a collection of essays and speeches dealing with the art of poetry and the nature of criticism. Read full book review >

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FRIEND OF THE COURT by Floyd Abrams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2013

"While the legal principles presented remain sound, the commentary on controversies that were topical in the 1980s and '90s too often sounds dated and suggests that Abrams is largely serving warmed-over material from an illustrious past."
Vigorous, principled defenses of freedom of expression from a long career in the legal trenches. Read full book review >

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CAUGHT UP by Amir Abrams
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Sometimes rough around the edges but an engaging cautionary tale nevertheless. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Kennedy, an African-American teen girl from a suburban gated community, lets her fascination with all things 'hood drive her into dangerous territory. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL OF HIS DREAMS by Amir Abrams
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2013

"Good, dirty fun. (Romance. 15 & up)"
Drama reigns supreme in suburban New Jersey. Read full book review >

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FOBBIT by David Abrams
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Sardonic and poignant. Funny and bitter. Ribald and profane. Confirmation for the anti-war crowd and bile for Bush supporters."
IEDs, VBIEDs, EODs, G-3 and even CNN contrive a constant Catch-22 as Fobbit Chance Gooding Jr. fights the acronym war in Abrams' debut novel. Read full book review >