Search Results: "James Ciment"


BOOK REVIEW

ANOTHER AMERICA by James Ciment
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A scholarly yet accessible examination of Liberia's tumultuous history that gleans new insight into America's own struggles with democracy."
The 19th-century story of the pursuit by free African-Americans to found and govern the Republic of Liberia. Read full book review >

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HALF A LIFE by Jill Ciment
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"This flawed but compelling memoir lacks a deeper level of introspection and a fuller sense of the Ciment family, but the author is a triumphantly self-made woman and her book gives us the agony—and intermittent joy—of the process in tough, spare, convincing language. (Author tour)"
A bare-bones narrative of a brash girl growing up in Los Angeles in the turbulent 1960s, determined to overcome her father's painful neglect. Read full book review >

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THE TATTOO ARTIST by Jill Ciment
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2005

"<\b> Somewhat far-fetched and slender, but unique and weirdly imaginative."
Ciment (Teeth of the Dog, 1999, etc.) explores the long, strange life of a New Yorker who moves from Dada art to the art of tattooing. Read full book review >

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ACT OF GOD by Jill Ciment
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"This absorbing novel about a luminescent fungus affixes itself to your psyche like a spore and quickly spreads to your heart, setting everything in its wake aglow."
Humanity, warmth and wry humor light up Ciment's (Heroic Measures, 2009, etc.) noirish novel about a phosphorescent toxic mold that blooms in a Brooklyn townhouse, circa 2015, and barrels through the lives of two 60-something identical twin sisters and their neighbors, changing everything it touches.Read full book review >

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TEETH OF THE DOG by Jill Ciment
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 1999

"But a good read—told with real style in the best Graham Greene manner."
There will always be innocents wandering about in the worst places abroad, and most of them will always be Americans, like the two described here by Ciment (The Law of Falling Bodies, 1993). Read full book review >

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THE LAW OF FALLING BODIES by Jill Ciment
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"An honorable contribution to the dysfunctional-mother genre- -though there's not much substance beneath the whimsy."
Ciment, author of the story collection Small Claims (1986), has come up with a charming first novel so light and breezy it nearly flutters away. ``When I was small, I believed that the atmospheres girdling the earth included an extra sphere. Read full book review >

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HEROIC MEASURES by Jill Ciment
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2009

"Could have been loopy in less deft hands, but Ciment (The Tattoo Artist, 2005, etc.) keeps things lively and edgy throughout."
Three disparate narrative elements—a possible terrorist attack, the real-estate market in New York City, a sick dachshund—somehow cohere into a blackly comic yet tenderly touching novel. Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIRD AND BEAR by Ann James
by Ann James, illustrated by Ann James
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Ultimately, Bird and Bear are charming characters to look at, but their story needs more…story. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A slice-of-life story describes the friendship enjoyed by the eponymous Bird and Bear. Read full book review >

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BIRD & SQUIRREL ON THE EDGE! by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A bright medley of friendship, problem-solving, and identity ideal for emerging readers looking for the next step up from leveled readers. (Graphic fiction. 7-12)"
Best friends Bird and Squirrel embark upon a new graphic-novel adventure, in which they make a new friend and find the dynamics of their friendship changing. Read full book review >

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FARM by James Brown
by James Brown, illustrated by James Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"Simple and beautiful. (Board book. 3 mos.-2)"
A graphically striking introduction to farm animals. Read full book review >