Search Results: "Emil Ostrovski"


BOOK REVIEW

AWAY WE GO by Emil Ostrovski
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Lovers of self-consciously witty nihilist profundities will be thrilled; alas that the snark is mired in the stale trope of tragic gay romance. (Dystopia. 14-17)"
Intellectual boys' boarding school story meets near-future dystopia in this end-times tale. Read full book review >

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THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Inconsistent temporal markers (dates aren't specified) are briefly distracting, but Jack's quest for meaning holds reader attention all the way. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Alone and angst-ridden in his boarding school dorm on his 18th birthday, Jack is contemplating suicide by painkiller when he learns his ex-girlfriend is giving birth. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1993

"A worthy contribution to Holocaust literature: superb, dispassionate analysis of the roots of evil, perpetrated most often in lockstep with the culture that encourages and reinforces it."
In the first volume of a trilogy on the manifestations of evil in humanity, Katz persuasively asserts that most horrific acts of mass murder are carried out by ordinary people under a bureaucratic government or cultural environment that condones—even demands—such actions. Read full book review >

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A PEBBLE STORY by Emil Sher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A sweet, unassuming tale for adult and child to share. (Board book. 2-4)"
A simple story about art and ingenuity unfolds through sparse text and clever illustrations. Read full book review >

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BEAUTY AND THE BEASTLY CHILDREN by Michael O. Tunnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Cymerman's cartoony illustrations are in the parodic spirit of the text. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Despite its perky informality (``Most folks know the story...about Beauty taking old bristle-face in her arms...just in time to keep Mr. Beast from croaking''), a didactic and disappointing sequel. ``Auguste,'' the handsome ex-beast, is vain and thoughtless; worse, he spends too much time with cronies and too little at his kingly (and, presently, parental) duties. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHUSH! by Emil Draitser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Messy as memories are, but whimsical, heartfelt and candid."
Bittersweet memoir by Draitser (Russian/Hunter Coll.; The Supervisor of the Sea & Other Stories, 2003, etc.) chronicles his postwar childhood in Odessa, where he learned to feel shame for his Jewishness. Read full book review >

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YOUNG MAN WITH CAMERA by Emil Sher
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Like the work of Diane Arbus, whose photographs play a central role here: bleak yet life-affirming. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A young street photographer with burn scars on his face is terrorized by brutal, manipulative bullies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"An excellent exploration of a new paradigm of behavior for our chaotic times."
A fascinating work that explores the ways in which the individual perceives his immediate surroundings and maneuvers within social constructs to describe the dynamic interplay between the individual and his society. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONFRONTING EVIL by Fred Emil Katz
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"With a riveting story, Katz has demonstrated inspiring courage in embarking on a path to rediscover his childhood experiences and to use his scientific knowledge to find tentative solutions to curtailing the evil tendencies within each of us."
A deep exploration and personal journey of a Holocaust survivor through the root causes and consequences of extraordinary evil in a village in Germany-and around the world. Read full book review >

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AWAY by Emil Sher
Kirkus Star
by Emil Sher, illustrated by Qin Leng
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Untrammeled and honest. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A busy mother and child stay connected with notes as an important separation approaches in Sher and Leng's debut collaboration. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WHO WAS TOO LAZY TO FIX THINGS by Phyllis Krasilovsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 1992

The author of an old favorite, The Man Who Didn't Wash His Dishes (1950), comes up with a fable about a man who doesn't bother to maintain his fine new house. Read full book review >