Search Results: "Janice Cohn"


BOOK REVIEW

UNCLE JANICE by Matt Burgess
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Is it possible that Burgess is doing for Queens what Junot Diaz is doing for New Jersey? No easy answer just yet, but this novel will make you wait for one to show up."
The multicultural stew pot that is contemporary Queens is served up steaming in this pungently uproarious novel about a frenzied young policewoman advancing her career one drug buy at a time. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"For a more imaginative (yet equally serious) treatment of the impact of violence on children, see Eve Bunting's Smoky Night (p. 300). (Picture book. 4-10)"
This earnest story by the psychotherapist who wrote I Had a Friend Named Peter: Talking to Children About the Death of a Friend (1987) is not really about why Daniel's friend Mr. James gets a broken arm when his store is robbed. Read full book review >

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JUDGE AARON COHN by Lynn Willoughby
Released: Nov. 17, 2008

"A sturdy paean to a favorite local official."
This family memoir celebrates the accomplishments of a World War II veteran and legendary juvenile-court judge. Read full book review >

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THE RITES & WRONGS OF JANICE WILLS by Joanna Pearson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2011

"Serve to readers who like their chick lit with a side of humor. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Who better to study adolescent behavior than Janice Wills, a budding anthropologist and teenager herself? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VERY LEFREAK by Rachel Cohn
FICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Readers who have fallen for the hugely likable Very, with her fluid sexuality and snappy dialogue, will feel deflated by the end. (Fiction. YA)"
There's a playlist for every moment of college freshman Very LeFreak's life. Read full book review >

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SHRIMP by Rachel Cohn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2005

"Her fascination with her surroundings—food, clothing, music, movies, places—creates an eclectic celebration of San Francisco and, briefly, Manhattan, one of many strengths of this unusually entertaining offering, which can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. (Fiction. YA)"
In this wonderful sequel to Gingerbread (2002), the irrepressible Cyd Charisse is back, finishing high school in San Francisco and hoping to reunite with her former surfer-love, Shrimp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 2, 1999

"The rave-generation answer to Defoe's Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain."
An exhilaratingly picaresque expedition—encountering innumerable misfits, mutants, and militants—into England's gray, unpleasant land. Read full book review >

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THE HEART OF THE WORLD by Nik Cohn
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 1992

"Striving like Whitman, not cynical, but at last quite desolate."
Moody, sweet-spirited survey of lowlifes, castoffs, and misfits along Broadway, from Battery Park to Times Square. Read full book review >

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TWO STEPS FORWARD by Rachel Cohn
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"If it lacks some of the freshness of its predecessor, it stands nevertheless as an amiably honest snapshot of the steps' lives, a little further on down the line. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Two years after the events of The Steps (2003), Annabel and Lucy and the rest of their thoroughly blended families converge on Los Angeles for a summer of angst. Read full book review >

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GINGERBREAD by Rachel Cohn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2002

"In spite of the relentlessly hip talk and trimmings, this is all utterly familiar, much like the spicy yet humble dessert of the title. (Fiction. YA)"
Cyd Charisse embodies the child/woman nature of adolescence as she tows her doll, Gingerbread, through life. Read full book review >

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NEED by Nik Cohn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 1997

"Beckett night, of most interest to the small but devoted Cohn cult."
Raffish, neo-Expressionist novel in low-life slang, set in Manhattan but with a strong flow of London guttertalk, a pendant to Cohn's sweet-spirited survey of Broadway castoffs in the nonfiction Heart of the World (1992). Read full book review >

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BETA by Rachel Cohn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Though neither the villains nor the heroes make particularly sensible choices, the cliffhanger ending will still lure some into the promised sequel. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
When humans live in paradise, the servants must be manufactured—but are they still people? Read full book review >