Search Results: "Jane Stern"


BOOK REVIEW

WAY OUT WEST by Jane Stern
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"All in all, then, a lopsided, outdated guide, best suited for those who still think that Custer died with his boots on. (Photographs—200 b&w and 300 color)"
And somewhere out in left field, too: The Sterns' new addition to their popular volumes of Americana (The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, Sixties People, Elvis World, etc.) tackles ``the West of the imagination''—the West mythologized by dime novels, TV, and films; populated by singing cowboys who kiss their horses, Indians who raise their right hands and say ``How,'' and pesky ``critters'' like rattlesnakes and scorpions; and redolent with the scent of hot chili and chicken-fried steak. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2011

"More than one skeptic may come away agreeing with the author when she writes, 'the tarot deck is the best method for seeking answers from beyond the limited realm of our thought.'"
Stern (500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late, 2009, etc.) offers an insightful how-to guide that reaches far beyond simple directions for reading tarot cards. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Funny yet moving, a midlife crisis tale with all the elements of a TV movie of the week."
A witty, self-deprecating account of how becoming a volunteer emergency medical technician transformed a reclusive, depressed hypochondriac into a vibrant whole woman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Droll, warm, and impeccably researched—another Stern treasure. (Author tour)"
The Sterns (Way Out West, 1993, etc.), pop culture's Boswells, turn their attentions to more blue-blooded purlieus in this deeply satisfying chronicle of a year spent on the dog-show circuit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMERICAN GOURMET by Jane Stern
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

The Sterns (The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, 1990, etc.) step upscale for this treatment of the gourmet quarter-century they place between the first televised cooking show in 1946 and the opening of Alice Waters's Chez Panisse in 1971. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAPPY TRAILS by Roy Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Although they chronicle the untimely deaths of three other offspring (one a Down's syndrome baby, another killed in a car crash, a third done in by a drinking bout with fellow enlisted men), the tone is generally upbeat and sweet—but not too sweet. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Pop-culture enthusiasts Jane and Michael Stern (Way Out West, 1993, etc.) are the perfect coauthors for the popular cowboy/cowgirl couple, stars of movies, radio, and TV during the 1940s and '50s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I SAW A BULLFROG by Ellen Stern
ANIMALS
Released: April 22, 2003

"The failure here is not in quality of art, but of imagination; next to Jack Prelutsky's Scranimals, or Sarah Perry's If— (1995), too many of these creations just fall flat. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Stern showcases unusual facility at naturalistic depiction, but like the 11 imaginary animal hybrids that appear here, the result overall is neither fish nor fowl. Read full book review >

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FIRST CALL: GREETING 2017 WITH TROUBLE-FRAUGHT STORIES IN HAND
by J. Kingston Pierce

There are some years when it’s pretty easy to pick out which first-quarter crime, mystery, and thriller novels are destined to become the Big Reads, those books that enjoy extraordinary promotions and generate the most word-of-mouth. Such is not the case heading into the initial three months of 2017. There are so many promising new works by so many familiar ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ANOTHER SONG ABOUT THE KING by Kathryn Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2000

"Middling."
A well-crafted if underplotted debut novel in which a daughter learns to forgive her high-maintenance, Elvis Presley-obsessed mother after a fatal illness brings the two together for those obligatory healing moments. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WALKING THROUGH POETRY by Sylvia Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2016

"Gentle, soulful poems that shine a soft light on the human tendency toward wonder."
Stern's (Dancing with the Moon and the Stars, 2016) debut poetry collection travels the natural landscape and the inner pathways of mood in quiet, reflective verse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Stern weaves an intricate and clever web of stories steeped in both sacred and mundane Jewish culture."
"Mischief" is indeed the operative term here, for Stern's characters are subtle, slyly humorous and at times poignant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ACCORDING TO A SOURCE by Abby Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"The human side of Hollywood is revealed in Stern's strong debut."
An undercover celebrity reporter discovers there are things more important than the latest exclusive. Read full book review >