Search Results: "Ellen Feldman"


BOOK REVIEW

LUCY by Ellen Feldman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Highly romanticized, oddly apolitical, and not very compelling."
Historical about the love affair between FDR and Lucy Mercer, from Lucy's point of view. Read full book review >

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REARVIEW MIRROR by Ellen Feldman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Feldman's feminist intentions become murky at times, and the intended suspense is nonexistent, but Hallie and Emma manage to save some face in this lukewarm portrayal of modern womanhood."
Having tackled magazine editors, ghost-writers, and first-time novelists, Feldman (Looking for Love, 1990, etc.), who also writes as Elizabeth Villars, now turns to freelancers and young-adult gurus in her latest spin on Manhattan literati. Read full book review >

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TERRIBLE VIRTUE by Ellen Feldman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"Feldman's (The Unwitting, 2014, etc.) well-researched treatment of the often tragic realities of the life of a formative figure in American social history offers much to contemporary readers living through current culture wars."
Margaret Sanger, the revolutionary fighter for women's contraceptive rights and founder of Planned Parenthood, joins the pantheon of figures whose lives have been turned into historical novels. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2005

"Creaky joints, rough seams, thin characters, intrusively insistent evocations of the 1950s: a tale, nevertheless, that achieves drive, even some seriousness."
Feldman (Lucy, 2003, etc.), a.k.a. Elizabeth Villars, imagines there being another survivor from the secret annex besides Otto Frank. Read full book review >

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NEXT TO LOVE by Ellen Feldman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2011

"Conventional in shape and content, this nevertheless affecting tribute to the 'greatest' generation is elevated by its empathy for the women left behind."
Sincere, at times piercing, Feldman's (Scottsboro, 2008, etc.) latest tracks the experiences of three women, best friends since kindergarten, whose fortunes are shaped by what World War II did to their men folk and their world. Read full book review >

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GOD BLESS THE CHILD by Ellen Feldman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"Deft but unmemorable."
Feldman (Rearview Mirror, 1996, etc.) is like your favorite neighborhood take-out restaurant—the fare is reliable, but you—ll likely be hungry again a few hours after eating. Read full book review >

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THE UNWITTING by Ellen Feldman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"While the role of what Charlie calls 'the left-wing Jewish intellectual mafia' during the Cold War remains fascinating (at least to liberal intellectuals), the schematic quality of Feldman's plot and characters limits the reader's engagement."
A conspiracy-theory novel about spies, lies and personal loyalty set within the insulated world of left-liberal New York intellectuals during the Cold War era. Read full book review >

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THE SEVENTH LEVEL by Jody Feldman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Give your brainteaser fans Carey Benedict's The Unknowns (2009) instead. (Mystery. 8-11)"
At Lauer Middle School, an invitation to join "The Legend," a supersecret group that plans community-service projects, is the most exciting honor imaginable. Read full book review >

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ELLEN ULLMAN
by Gregory McNamee

A thinking machine, grumbled the tradition-minded British writer G. K. Chesterton, “is a brainless phrase of modern fatalism and materialism.” He added, “A machine only is a machine because it cannot think.”

But that was at the turn of the last century. A dozen decades later, thinking machines are among us, machines that learn from our behavior and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 6, 2005

"A reasoned, reasonable and consensus-seeking argument that is, of course, in danger of going unheard amid all the shouting."
Can't we all—fundamentalist and atheist and nonideologist—just get along? Read full book review >

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THE QB by Bruce Feldman
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Enlightening for those interested in performance psychology, kinetic motion analysis and the 'competitive temperament' of alpha males."
A yearlong, behind-the-scenes look at the booming—and lucrative—business of coaching upcoming quarterbacks. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"An alternate history rife with violence and class oppression, presented with rigor and detail, though with a strident tone that renders it somewhat dry."
Penetrating account of xenophobia and the officially sanctioned persecution of minorities and the politically undesirable. Read full book review >