Search Results: "Helen Benedict"


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HELEN by Anita Mishook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A well-structured, compelling historical tale.
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A young, Jewish, Polish-American immigrant moves from New York to California and reluctantly infiltrates a pro-Nazi organization in this novel. Read full book review >

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SAND QUEEN by Helen Benedict
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"A flawed but unforgettable testament."
This bleak novel explores the horrendous impact of the Iraq war on women, both soldiers and civilians. Read full book review >

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THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE by Helen Benedict
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Mature language and realistic life situations lend verisimilitude to this compelling drama of a young woman's brave stand against abuse and intolerance. (author's note) (Fiction. 13-17)"
A biracial teen living in a Pennsylvania town makes a difference by fostering an abandoned Hispanic child. Read full book review >

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BAD ANGEL by Helen Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1996

"Ambitious and often insighful, but with the feeling of being too sparsely populated—its characters being asked to have, and comment on, perceptions not convincingly natural to them. (Literary Guild selection)"
Told in the voices of its own characters turn by turn, a stirring if somewhat artificially rendered ``lyrical'' second novel by Benedict (A World Like This, 1990), a Columbia journalism professor who's also written about the print media's handling of sex crimes (Virgin and Vamp, 1992). Read full book review >

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RUTH BENEDICT by Margaret Mead
Released: Sept. 1, 1974

"Mead's portrait is followed by a selection from the essential Benedict (on cultural configurations, Zuni mythology, primitive freedom, Japanese self-discipline) which reveal her as lucid, seminal, humane, and very much the writer she always wanted to be."
This is a volume in the Leaders of Modern Anthropology series, and as such it is an introduction to Ruth Benedict as a thinker and a human being, not a full-scale biography. Read full book review >

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BENEDICT CANYON by Laura Van Wormer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"A confident commercial endeavor—wise about the TV and book publishing fields, funny and sexy by turns, with an extremely elastic sense of the human heart."
It's steady as she goes in this snappy, sappy novel by Van Wormer (West End, Riverside Drive), who now goes bicoastal and follows a much conflicted New York book editor as she tries to keep her job, untangle her love life, face the recurring nightmare of her mother's suicide, and wring an autobiography out of a difficult Hollywood star. Read full book review >

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WOLF SEASON by Helen Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"The 'very long reach of war' transcends generations."
Three women struggle to heal after the trauma of war. Read full book review >

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THE EDGE OF EDEN by Helen Benedict
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Despite moments of lyricism, more sensational than subtle."
Earthly paradise turns a British marriage hellish in this self-conscious, psychologically insecure novel from Benedict (The Opposite of Love, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SAILOR’S WIFE by Helen Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"If only Joyce had remembered to beware of Greeks bearing gifts. As is, she's stuck in a novel with a creaky plot, thin characters, and old arguments."
A schematic third novel from Benedict (A World Like This, 1990; Bad Angel, 1995) uses a young woman's learning curve in love and life as a clumsy forum for a debate on freedom versus duty. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Lacking in original insights, but, still, a well-intentioned and thoroughly researched introduction to a painful subject."
An in-depth analysis of the print media's handling of sex crimes. Read full book review >

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HELEN KELLER by Elizabeth MacLeod
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The lack of notes, bibliography or online resources further mar this book. (Biography. 6-8)"
Helen Keller's inspiring story has a way of making it into most elementary-school curricula. Read full book review >

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HELEN KELLER by George Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Satisfying the requirement for 100-page biography reports, this adds little else to the field. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
The compelling lives of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan are interwoven with quotations from their own writing in a choppy, flat, rehashing of the now-familiar story of Keller's vast potential and the brilliant teaching skills that grew to make Helen's social and intellectual life rich, but negated any semblance of a personal life for Anne. Read full book review >