Search Results: "Fern Schumer Chapman"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2000

"An outstanding portrait of the painful postwar waltz of Germans, their victims, and their victims' victims. (Author tour)"
An engaging memoir by the daughter of a Holocaust escapee who returns to Germany with her mother to revisit the scene of the crime. Read full book review >

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IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? by Fern Schumer Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Moving. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
Most Holocaust stories for children focus on the inhumanity that took place in European countries; fewer deal with the severe hardships experienced by children sent to America and their struggles to assimilate into a foreign culture. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2012

"Ultimately, this rich source of unusual background material on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism in general is marred by low production values. (iPad historical-fiction app. 11-13)"
Roughly hewn pedagogical elements are shoveled atop this abbreviated version of a 2010 novel based on the experiences of the author's mother, a Jewish child sent from Nazi Germany to a hostile reception in this country. Read full book review >

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FANNY FERN by Joyce W. Warren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1992

"Fern's experiences, evoked here in lively and engaging prose, should provide inspiration for those who follow. (Twenty-one b&w illustrations.)"
Warren (English/Queens College) performs a true literary service here by re-creating the life of America's first female newspaper columnist—a witty, brave, and defiant writer whose life proves both inspirational and heartening even now. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND THE CHAPMAN by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A strong debut."
A septuagenarian recalls his youth, when, in 1471, he quit the Benedictines (no calling), became a chapman (a wandering peddler), and discovered his affinity for detective work. Read full book review >

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THE SAINT JOHN’S FERN by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"A sinister and sensational explanation emerges only after several uncomfortable sleepovers on Roger's part and many prosy recapitulations on Sedley's."
The newly wedded bliss of Roger the Chapman, itinerant peddler and amateur sleuth (The Weaver's Inheritance, 2001, etc.), is interrupted when an irresistible impulse—a message from God, Roger knows from past experience—sends him to Plymouth. Read full book review >

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FERN VERDANT & THE SILVER ROSE by Diana Leszczynski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Still, with clever, witty narration, a likable and earnest main character and a plant community filled with unique personalities, this one's coming up roses. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fern Verdant's parents are fanatical botanists—just look at what they named her! Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 2004

"Slightly marred by the author's tendency to wandering wordiness, but lovers of the genre will certainly forgive her."
A sordid case that spread sensation like wildfire across an 1830s America just beginning to flex its national brand of jurisprudence. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"Irish to the gills, a festive delight, and fully aware of what it is—and what it isn't."
Newspaper columns and a stage adaptation (The Brother) quilted out of O'Brien's novels make for a merry little patchwork of literary pleasures from the late (d. 1966) comic master (At Swim-Two-Birds, 1939). Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO by Amy Schumer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A hilarious and effective memoir from a woman with zero inhibitions."
The provocative comedian takes to the pen in this unabashed memoir. Read full book review >

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THE JURY by Fern Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Perennially bestselling Michaels (Family Blessings, 2004, etc.) spins a shapeless web of clichés without a trace of suspense or conviction. Even Nikki's sworn enemy Jack returns to her arms in time to taste some sweet revenge of his own."
The vigilantes of the Sisterhood take the law into their own hands once more, after devoting due consideration to exactly which law to break. Read full book review >

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CELEBRATION by Fern Michaels
Released: March 1, 1999

"Michaels in pretty good form, though she's still fast on the fatal illnesses. (Doubleday Book Club alternate selection)"
Michaels (Finders Keepers, 1998, etc.), ever quick to kill or hand out a fatal illness when stuck for a plot turn, takes Kristin Kelly, married to Colonel Logan Kelly under the crossed swords of West Point, from Logan's German duty station at Bremen in 1987 to farm life in Leesburg, Virginia, now that Logan, after 20 years in the army, is being cashiered for having only one kidney. Read full book review >