Search Results: "Jean Alicia Elster"


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THE COLORED CAR by Jean Alicia Elster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"Sharp historic insight wars with cumbersome sentimentality in this sometimes-overwrought yet heartfelt tale. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Sweet family nostalgia combines with the harsh realities of coming of age African-American during the Great Depression. Read full book review >

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DARK SIDE OF VALOR by Alicia Singleton
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"By no means perfect the book is an enjoyable tale that is well worth a few hours of the reader's time."
A well-paced novel of suspense that veers into romance and ends like a thriller. Read full book review >

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TOWELHEAD by Alicia Erian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Storyteller Erian (The Brutal Language of Love, 2001) creates a hypnotic effect through her characters' repetitive dumbness—in a first novel that's annoying and memorable."
A tedious, fairly moronic take on the pubescent hormone surge, told by a 13-year-old girl. Read full book review >

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MUSICIANS AND WATCHMAKERS by Alicia Steimberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A delightful book."
Musicians And Waitchmakers ($13.95 paperback original; Aug.; 128 pp.; 0-935480-96-X): This episodic autobiographical novel, first published in 1971, describes in deliciously wry comic accents the experiences of an Argentinian Jewish girl (named "Alicia Steimberg") growing up in Buenos Aires in the 1940s. Read full book review >

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SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH by Alicia Bessette
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2010

"Quietly charming, with a dash of romance."
In this nicely wrought debut, a young widow emerges from her grief thanks to the intrusion of a nine-year-old neighbor and an unwinnable cooking contest. Read full book review >

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THE BRUTAL LANGUAGE OF LOVE by Alicia Erian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2001

"Malls, teenage pregnancy, casual sex, film studies: all related to the troubled equation between sex and love, which Erian explores with a rookie's talents. Competent but not yet anything special."
Some of the nine stories in this debut collection have appeared in literary magazines, and they have the some of the subjects common in such venues: gender issues, bad girl sexuality, weird families, slacker students. But Erian fails to distinguish herself stylistically, offering instead slight fictions that can seem downright generic. Read full book review >

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PSYCH MAJOR SYNDROME by Alicia Thompson
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Leigh's concern with sexual readiness will leave readers of all ages doing a little self-analysis and thinking about their own decisions. (Fiction. 16 & up)"
Leigh's psych classes at Stiles College do little to help her understand why sex still doesn't seem like a good idea with her brainy, long-term boyfriend, why she can't stop thinking about his sweet, guitar-playing roommate and why her competitive classmates care so much about making her look stupid. Read full book review >

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STEPS UNDER WATER by Alicia Kozameh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

Steps Under Water ($35.00, paper $12.95; Nov. 1996; 161 pp.; 0- 520-20387-9, paper 0-520-20388-7): First US appearance of an Argentine novel, originally published in 1987, which interweaves letters, diary entries, and narrative to detail the persecutions of leftist revolutionaries during their country's notorious ``dirty war'' of the 1970s. Read full book review >

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I LOVE YOU TOO MUCH by Alicia Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"Drake overplays the mood of sexual menace but is masterful at showing her characters' sorrows percolate up even through the novel's most cynical moments."
British-born Drake makes her fiction debut with a novel narrated by an adolescent Parisian boy losing whatever innocence (not much) his childhood has allowed him. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"A sensible escort to identifying and deploying signature strengths buried by traumatic emotional paralysis."
Psychiatrist and Montel Williams show Director of Aftercare Salzer offers an instruction guide to overcoming the deleterious effects of emotionally wrenching experiences. Read full book review >