Search Results: "Jacob Homel"


BOOK REVIEW

JACOB by Yair Zakovitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Intensely scholarly at times, but also an engaging analysis of one of the Bible's most complex figures."
A professor takes on the troubling story of Jacob, a deeply flawed man who later earned punishment, redemption and a unique and honored place in Jewish history. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Landay is yet another lawyer-turned-writer, and it's inevitable that he'll be compared to Scott Turow, but this novel succeeds on its own merits."
Landay does the seemingly impossible by coming up with a new wrinkle in the crowded subgenre of courtroom thrillers. Read full book review >

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JACOB JUMP by Eric Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"The setting is authentic (Morris knows his river) but the author has a long way to go before finding his voice."
Two Southern white guys, their lives a shambles, take a trip downriver only to find madness and death. Read full book review >

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JACOB LAWRENCE by Nancy Shroyer Howard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Unlike The Great Migration (1993), which reads like a quiet walk through a gallery accompanied by the artist, Howard's book is more like a scavenger hunt through the art itself. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Most of Lawrence's works that are covered in this book- -subtitled ``American Scenes, American Struggles''—such as The Great Migration, or the lives of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Toussaint L'Ouverture, involve a series of paintings that chronicle African-American history or create a biographical portrait. Read full book review >

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SWING CAFÉ by Carl Norac
by Carl Norac, illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer, translated by Jacob Homel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The text's a bit long on gratuitous adventure, but the package is unusual and fresh. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This French import incorporates classic jazz tunes from the 1920s through '50s with the determined aspirations of an angel-voiced Brazilian cricket. Read full book review >

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JACOB NEUSNER by Aaron W. Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Hughes offers a worthwhile study of Neusner's life but little about the substance of his work."
The life story of the father of modern Jewish studies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESAU AND JACOB by Joaquim Machado de Assis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"All hail this bounty, and grateful thanks for it."
A fascinating 1904 novel, the last of the Brazilian master's (1839-1908) four acknowledged masterpieces (the greatest of which is probably his Dom Casmurro). Read full book review >

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PRINCESS PISTACHIO AND THE PEST by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"Long live Princess Pistachio. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Princess Pistachio Shoelace's summer vacation is not starting out on a high note. Read full book review >

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BROTHER JACOB by Henrik Stangerup
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"These three books make an unassailable case for Danish identity in history, but their good intentions (the Kierkegaard scheme) are never quite realized into fiction of special immediacy or high relief."
Danish writer Stangerup completes a trilogy here—a set of works based on Kierkegaard's understanding of the Tripartite Man. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS PISTACHIO by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"A playful and entertaining take on children's perennial questions surrounding ideas of personhood, family and community. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The arrival of a tiara in the mail is the tipping point in evidence for Pistachio Shoelace that she is really a princess—but no one seems to believe her. Read full book review >