Search Results: "Gayle Brandeis"


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MY LIFE WITH THE LINCOLNS by Gayle Brandeis
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2010

"In her first novel for young readers, the author goes beyond usual stories of the civil-rights movement, demonstrating well-intentioned but tone-deaf gestures of white supporters and the discomfort of change. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Mina Edelman is convinced that her family is the reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln's. Read full book review >

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SELF STORAGE by Gayle Brandeis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2007

"A bit too tidily resolved to be wholly convincing, but a pleasant read nonetheless."
An agreeable, if somewhat routine, novel of a young woman attempting to bring order and meaning to her life, from the author of The Book of Dead Birds (2003). Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF DEAD BIRDS by Gayle Brandeis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2003

"In all, a wrenching tale exploring similar Korean-American identity as Nora Okja Keller's Fox Girl (2001)."
Korean folklore and ornithology figure in the lives of a former GI prostitute and her black fatherless daughter in an earnest, sad-funny debut, winner of Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize. Read full book review >

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LOUIS D. BRANDEIS by Melvin I. Urofsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"An authoritative, impressive assessment of a man whose legal reasoning continues to influence our republic."
A comprehensive biography of an American legal giant. Read full book review >

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LOUIS D. BRANDEIS by Jeffrey Rosen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A tightly written, tightly reasoned biography aimed at readers who are not legal scholars."
In the latest installment of the publisher's Jewish Lives series, a legal scholar examines the career of Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941), "the most important American critic of what he called ‘the curse of bigness' in government and business since Thomas Jefferson." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Professor Graetz meets Jackie Mason in this easy-reading American Jewish history with plenty of facts, insights, chutzpah, and shtick."
An often wise and always wisecracking popular review of American Jewish history. Read full book review >

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IDYLL FEARS by Stephanie Gayle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Hobbled only by a monotonously terse style, Gayle's follow-up to Idyll Threats (2015) is believable in both characterization and the ebb and flow of police detection."
A kidnapped boy disrupts a small Connecticut town's holiday season. Read full book review >

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COLD WAR ON MAPLEWOOD STREET by Gayle Rosengren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A pleasant-enough story about a moment in history rarely captured in literature, this book doesn't rise above the ordinary. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The Cuban missile crisis disrupts a Chicago girl's life. Read full book review >

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IF I STAY by Gayle Forman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Forman excels at inserting tiny but powerful details throughout, including the realistic sounds, smells and vocabulary of a hospital, which will draw readers into this masterful text and undoubtedly tug at even the toughest of heartstrings. (Fiction. YA)"
When snow cancels school, Mia and her family pile into their beat-up station wagon for a drive. Read full book review >

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SISTERS IN SANITY by Gayle Forman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Think Girl, Interrupted meets Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
Punked out, pierced, tattooed and attitudinal, Brit Hemphill is an average teen, basking in her own rebellion and arrogance. Read full book review >

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MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND by Mike Gayle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2002

"While readers may sometimes have to resist the urge to throttle Will, Gayle pokes enough fun at his character's self-induced and hilariously pathetic predicament to make this a genial time-killer."
Londoner loser obsesses over the loss of the love of his life, in a slight but not unlikable marriage of Nick Hornby and romantic-comedy clichés. Read full book review >

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MASQUERADE by Gayle Lynds
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A tedious would-be thriller that quickly shows itself to be a sheep in wolf's clothing. (Author tour)"
An overlong, tiresome debut from erstwhile think-tank editor Lynds. Read full book review >