Search Results: "Florence Noiville"


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A LIFE by Florence Noiville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"Despite an annoying fondness for rhetorical questions and barely serviceable prose, Noiville gets the story told, and Singer's is a good, dark, paradoxical one."
The life of the late, great Yiddish writer (1904-91), as analyzed by a French journalist and recalled by Singer's relatives, friends, translators, biographers, critics and literary peers. Read full book review >

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JORDIN TOOTOO by Melanie Florence
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2011

"Like her subject, the author doesn't pull many punches in Tootoo's rousing, rather hard-bitten tale, which, thankfully, has a storybook ending aimed directly at teenage-boy reluctant readers. (Biography. 11-15)"
Hockey was born in Canada, so it comes as a shock to learn that the first Inuit to play in the National Hockey League was Jordin Tootoo, who made it to the Nashville Predators in 2003. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2012

"Lively and thought provoking, albeit tainted by self-righteousness."
Five decades after Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, breasts may have replaced birds as early indicators of chemically induced catastrophe. Read full book review >

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A LIFE IN MOTION by Florence Howe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2011

"The early chapters recall Simone de Beauvoir's Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, but later chapters become unfocused as Howe tries to include everything. Nonetheless, a valuable chronicle of a life devoted to ideas and social justice."
A frank, engaging memoir by Feminist Press founder Howe (editor: The Politics of Women's Studies: Testimony from the 30 Founding Mothers, 2000, etc.) about growing up poor, smart and determined. Read full book review >

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CLEMENT GREENBERG by Florence Rubenfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"A clear and honest summary of the life of one of the most pugnacious, influential, and original critics of modern art. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sympathetic biography of the controversial critic who championed the abstract expressionist school as early as 1944, when he anointed Jackson Pollock and a few others as the ``future of American painting.'' The bristly Greenberg, who died in 1994, began writing literary and art criticism and essays in the '30s, while working for the US Customs Service in New York. Read full book review >

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SARAH'S PSALM by Florence Ladd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 1996

"Vivid, stylish, but too breathless in its uncritical political views: Ladd's debut is intermittently persuasive but seems at times uncomfortably like Afrocentric chic with a heavy dollop of conventional romance."
An elegantly written first novel by Ladd, director of the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe, offers a feminist journey toward self-discovery, drawing its strength from its unique insight into the Pan-African consciousness of the post-colonial era. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 11, 2010

"The whole sordid tale would not emerge fully until the postwar trials of Kasztner and Eichmann, and Florence does a fine, thorough job bringing the period to life."
Engrossing account of Joel Brand's desperate attempts to save the Hungarian Jews from Nazi extermination. Read full book review >

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WITH CHARITY TOWARD NONE by Florence King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 1992

"She's got a point."
Queen bee of the it's-not-really-all-in-fun division of barbed humor, King (Lump It or Leave It, 1990, etc.) restrains her vaunted bawdiness a little here and presents an impassioned survey of the general condition of aversion to the whole of humanity. Read full book review >

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REFLECTIONS IN A JAUNDICED EYE by Florence King
Released: April 17, 1989

More barbed humor, this time in a collection of essays, from King (Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady, 1985; He, 1978; WASP, Where is Thy Sting, 1977; etc.). Read full book review >

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THE MISSING by Melanie Florence
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Well-meaning but unsatisfying. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Feather's life is changed when one friend and then another go missing. Read full book review >

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REZ REBEL by Melanie Florence
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A missed opportunity to fully engage with a deeply serious issue. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Floyd Twofeathers, a Cree teen, vents his frustrations in his secret journal, creating stories to alleviate the angst and confusion he experiences while living on the (fictional) Bitter Lake Reserve. Read full book review >