Search Results: "Fritz Stern"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A concise yet powerful contribution to an even larger history."
A convincing argument that theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his often overlooked brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi "deserve to be remembered together" for their courageous resistance to Hitler's Nazi regime. Read full book review >

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EINSTEIN'S GERMAN WORLD by Fritz Stern
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A combination of passion and compassion mark Stern as not only a dedicated and gifted historian, but also one committed to the hope, expressed by Vaclav Havel, that humankind may yet learn to live in trust and in truth."
This volume brings together a decade's collection of essays that brilliantly profile the lives of key figures—primarily German and Jewish—in the context and in the aftermath of the century's two world wars. Read full book review >

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FIVE GERMANYS I HAVE KNOWN by Fritz Stern
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"An expansive, eloquent fusion of 'memory and history' that examines the moral questions posed by the political and social upheavals of the last century."
Stern (Professor Emeritus/Columbia Univ.; Einstein's German World, 1999, etc.) traces 100 years of his homeland's history, at the same time telling the story of his coming-of-age as an intellectual and a citizen. Read full book review >

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I SAW A BULLFROG by Ellen Stern
ANIMALS
Released: April 22, 2003

"The failure here is not in quality of art, but of imagination; next to Jack Prelutsky's Scranimals, or Sarah Perry's If— (1995), too many of these creations just fall flat. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Stern showcases unusual facility at naturalistic depiction, but like the 11 imaginary animal hybrids that appear here, the result overall is neither fish nor fowl. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN GOURMET by Jane Stern
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

The Sterns (The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, 1990, etc.) step upscale for this treatment of the gourmet quarter-century they place between the first televised cooking show in 1946 and the opening of Alice Waters's Chez Panisse in 1971. Read full book review >

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WAY OUT WEST by Jane Stern
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"All in all, then, a lopsided, outdated guide, best suited for those who still think that Custer died with his boots on. (Photographs—200 b&w and 300 color)"
And somewhere out in left field, too: The Sterns' new addition to their popular volumes of Americana (The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, Sixties People, Elvis World, etc.) tackles ``the West of the imagination''—the West mythologized by dime novels, TV, and films; populated by singing cowboys who kiss their horses, Indians who raise their right hands and say ``How,'' and pesky ``critters'' like rattlesnakes and scorpions; and redolent with the scent of hot chili and chicken-fried steak. Read full book review >

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ACCORDING TO A SOURCE by Abby Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"The human side of Hollywood is revealed in Stern's strong debut."
An undercover celebrity reporter discovers there are things more important than the latest exclusive. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER SONG ABOUT THE KING by Kathryn Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2000

"Middling."
A well-crafted if underplotted debut novel in which a daughter learns to forgive her high-maintenance, Elvis Presley-obsessed mother after a fatal illness brings the two together for those obligatory healing moments. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Stern weaves an intricate and clever web of stories steeped in both sacred and mundane Jewish culture."
"Mischief" is indeed the operative term here, for Stern's characters are subtle, slyly humorous and at times poignant. Read full book review >

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WALKING THROUGH POETRY by Sylvia Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2016

"Gentle, soulful poems that shine a soft light on the human tendency toward wonder."
Stern's (Dancing with the Moon and the Stars, 2016) debut poetry collection travels the natural landscape and the inner pathways of mood in quiet, reflective verse. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"Though Jakoubek's Harriet Beecher Stowe (1989) is a more detailed source for Harriet's writings and later life, this makes livelier reading and presents a coherent, well-knit view of the Beechers' place in our country's history. (Biography. 10-13)"
The tale of this prominent, brilliant, dangerously high-strung family (two brothers committed suicide) makes a compelling American saga. Read full book review >

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WHY NOT, LAFAYETTE? by Jean Fritz
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Fritz adds telling—and usually entertaining—details so effectively that readers will be stirred even at this distance by Lafayette's accomplishments, personal gifts as a leader and mediator, and lifelong idealism. (Biography. 10-13)"
From Fritz (You Want Women To Vote, Lizzie Stanton?, 1995, etc.), another winning portrait of a colorful historical figure with whom most readers will have but a nodding acquaintance. Read full book review >