Search Results: "Jay Cantor"


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GREAT NECK by Jay Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2003

"Comprehensive and amusing. At 13 years in the making, should we be surprised that it's too long?"
A subparticle look at privileged Long Island Jewish kids who manage to zap themselves to all the right places at all the right times for a comprehensive pseudohistory. Read full book review >

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FORGIVING THE ANGEL by Jay Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Shot through with black comedy, unsparing honesty and robust intellect—in short, a fitting Kafka tribute."
A quartet of somber fictions on the surprising influence of Franz Kafka's work and life on those around him. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF GLASS by Jillian Cantor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Melissa's first-person narrative rings true, and although the predictable conclusion will surprise no one, the meandering, slow-paced journey is pleasantly satisfying. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
High-school freshman Melissa's beloved father has recently died of cancer, leaving her struggling to find her way without his advice and learning how to come to terms with her grief without giving up her memories of him. Read full book review >

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MARGOT by Jillian Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Cantor diminishes Margot's spiritual identity crisis by introducing a predictable office romance plot."
Children's book author Cantor (The Life of Glass, 2010, etc.) shrinks her high concept—what if Anne Frank's sister Margot didn't die at Auschwitz but moved to Philadelphia under an assumed identity—to fit more predictable parameters of women's fiction. Read full book review >

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THE HOURS COUNT by Jillian Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Plot twists tease the reader into wondering who's telling the truth, who's working for the KGB or the FBI, but despite its historical context, the book reads like a predictable, although engaging, love story."
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, caught by the Cold War. Read full book review >

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A HIGHLY UNLIKELY SCENARIO by Rachel Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"This play on history and heritage plunges headlong into the mystic, but it's written for a very niche market."
A man from the future explores the past through his heritage in this quirky metaphysical adventure. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A challenging, though somewhat hyperbolic, study."
paper 0-15-600592-1 A blazing diatribe against the media for its pernicious long-term effects on children's minds. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"A vast and often entertaining look into one woman's Jewish-feminist midlife crisis."
A fairly good survey of the first 4,000 years of Judaism and the role patriarchy has played in it—also a thinly veiled harangue against everything that raises the author's ire about modern Jewish life. Read full book review >

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THE SEPTEMBER SISTERS by Jillian Cantor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"Those with a fondness for problem novels will find the interminable details more satisfying than the banal resolution. (Fiction. YA)"
Abigail and her younger sister Becky seem to live in a '50s sitcom, until Becky disappears. Read full book review >

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THE LOST LETTER by Jillian Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Cantor has done her research thoroughly to produce another captivating historical novel. Excellent writing, unusual storytelling, and sympathetic characters make a winning combination."
Moving seamlessly between Austria in 1938 and Los Angeles in 1989, this novel connects a grim history to a more hopeful present. Read full book review >

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SEARCHING FOR SKY by Jillian Cantor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 13, 2014

"Despite some shortcomings, an appealing and sensitive reverse-survival story. (Fiction. 12-17)"
For Sky, contemporary California is a brave new world. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A welcome addition to the little-explored field of African- American radio. (Sixteen pages of photographs.)"
A light and lively history of WDIA, the country's first all- black radio station. Read full book review >