Search Results: "Jakob Arjouni"


BOOK REVIEW

JAKOB by Anna Mitgutsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"But it is a portrait without shading, and this ultimately vitiates the themes."
A relentlessly unrelieved, even claustrophobic, account of a mother struggling to rear her autistic son in the Austrian provinces. Read full book review >

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ONE DEATH TO DIE by Jakob Arjouni
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1997

"Plotted with verve and written with passion, though without the originality of Kayankaya's raffish debut."
You'd think it would be easier to find a missing person if you knew where she was, but that hasn't helped Frankfurt businessman Manuel Weidenbusch, whose imported Thai girlfriend Sri Dao Rakdee was kidnapped from under his nose by the crooks who'd promised to forge her a new set of identity papers. Read full book review >

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TURK! by Jakob Arjouni
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 28, 1993

"Welcome to America, Turk."
On his 26th birthday, p.i. Read full book review >

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IDIOTS by Jakob Arjouni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Are you wishing for a wry, sly book about the human comedy? Wish granted."
Outsized egos take a shellacking in nine crafty, contemporary tales about vanity and the titular "idiots" who succumb to it. Read full book review >

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KISMET by Jakob Arjouni
by Jakob Arjouni, translated by Anthea Bell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2008

"The plot is full of holes and awkward shifts as Kayankaya hurtles from one nest of vipers to the next. But even apart from the obligatory anti-Turkish episode, the unsavory atmosphere is inimitable."
A routine shakedown leads Frankfurt PI Kemal Kayankaya (One Death to Die, 1997, etc.) to a maze of slimy, violent crooks. Read full book review >

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THE DIARY OF A NAPOLEONIC FOOT SOLDIER by Jakob Walter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"The text includes an appendix with six unrelated letters home (unearthed by a Soviet researcher in 1978) from six Westphalian conscripts serving in the Grand Army, plus 20 b&w engravings (not seen)."
As France's empire expanded during its postrevolutionary era, Napoleon began requiring vassal states to supply troops for his acquisitive causes. Read full book review >

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IT’S A DOG’S LIFE by Paul Banks
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Some songs for children transfer easily to narrative text, but this isn't one of them. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A charming puppy with floppy ears and an oversized nose is the star of this story with rhyming text adapted from the words of a song written for children. Read full book review >

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THE MURDERER'S APE by Jakob Wegelius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Short attention spans need not apply, but committed, careful readers will be richly rewarded. (Mystery. 10 & up)"
When her friend and partner, the sailor Henry Koskela, is wrongfully imprisoned for murder, Sally Jones works for years to free him. Read full book review >

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TINY TOES by Donna Jakob
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 1995

"If it could, this book would turn into a pillow. (Picture book. 3-6)"
If any part of the body deserves to have a children's book written about it, it is toes. Read full book review >

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LIES IN THE DUST by Jakob Crane
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Haunting. (afterword) (Graphic historical fiction. 12-18)"
In 1706, 14 years after the infamous Salem witch trials, accuser Ann Putnam Jr. publicly apologized for her role; from that documentary evidence, Crane and Decker spin an airy, atmospheric graphic-novel examination of a legacy of guilt. Read full book review >

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MY NEW SANDBOX by Donna Jakob
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 1996

"The illustrations —stylized graphics in bright, airbrushed acrylics—make the action accessible and child-sized, and add to the bold and visually appealing whole. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When a boy gets a new sandbox in his backyard, one that's just his size, he wants it all to himself. ``Get out,'' he shouts to a bug, a bird, a dog, and a girl. Read full book review >