Search Results: "Iris van der Heide"


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THE RED CHALK by Iris van der Heide
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Readers will be unmoved by the weak ending, and even non-reflective ones will come away wondering why Sara doesn't just put herself into one of her own enticing scenarios. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a tale that decidedly misses the mark, a child keeps trading toys and other items because she becomes bored with them—but at the same time shows a vivid streak of imagination. Read full book review >

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A STRANGE DAY by Iris van der Heide
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"A breezy, kid-savvy delight. (Picture book. 3-8)"
One windy day—the one on which Jack will learn if he's won the drawing contest—the postman has a mishap. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"The author's vivid details of South Africa's persistent racism, abject poverty, and continuing oppression are undermined by unnecessary repetition."
Unraveling a web of evidence in a notorious murder. Read full book review >

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TAMING THE BEAST by Katinka van der Merwe
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2013

"A useful guidebook on fibromyalgia that encourages sufferers to explore nontraditional treatments."
A chiropractic physician offers a holistic approach to understanding and managing fibromyalgia. Read full book review >

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CHILDISH THINGS by Marita van der Vyver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 1996

"An engaging account of adolescence, those fraught years when everything is deadly serious and nothing can be taken for granted- -especially in a place like South Africa."
From the author of Entertaining Angels (1995), a bittersweet if at times pretentious evocation of adolescence in South Africa in the '70s, a time of violent upheavals. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD NAZI by Dan van der Vat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1997

"Writing with irony and intelligence, van der Vat forces us to confront Speer anew. (22 b&w photos, not seen)"
The best biography yet on the self-described ``second man in the Reich.'' Albert Speer has long occupied a singular niche in history: that of the ``good Nazi,'' a decent and civilized man whose first love was architecture and who wished nothing more than to rebuild Germany from the misery of WW I and the worldwide depression of the 1930s. Read full book review >

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ENTERTAINING ANGELS by Marita van der Vyver
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"Mixing honest prose and literary allusion with dreams and politics, van der Vyver has written a funny, intelligent, and inventive novel."
This Afrikaans debut novel, which became a bestseller and garnered South Africa's biggest literary prize, tells a modern-day fairy tale with an irreverent, feminist twist. Read full book review >

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THE TRAP by Rink van der Velde
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

The Trap ($22.00; Feb. 1997; 147 pp.; 1-877946-80-X): The first English translation of a spare and disturbing 1966 novel, set in the Netherlands during the German occupation in WW II. Read full book review >

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POUNDING THE PAVEMENT by Jennifer van der Kwast
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2005

"Well-intentioned though lackluster first novel."
Job trouble, love trouble and a 20-something heroine—sounds like another stroll down chick-lit lane. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 20, 2013

"A highly complex yet compelling treatise."
An intriguing scientific discourse which suggests that the way humankind understands the natural world may soon undergo a paradigm shift toward behavioral explanations. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Sure to excite controversy, a strong indictment that turns over large stones and finds hellish serpents underneath."
An ugly true tale of pastoral wrongdoing by lapsed Catholic and accomplished reporter van der Zee (The Gate, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >