Search Results: "Jillian Cantor"


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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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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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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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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 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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WAR AND REMEMBRANCE
by Bobbi Dumas

In two days we’ll honor those who fought and served to keep our country and our freedoms safe through decades of war. If you’re a fan of WWI and WWII fiction, this is a great time to be a reader, since there seems to be a surge of titles with these themes.

I’ve (loved and) written about some of them ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HISTORY OF FRANCE THROUGH ART by Jillian Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"This volume elicits little excitement for either France or its art; the coverage is perfunctory, never stirring. (chronology, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
An entry in the History Through Art series, intended to trace the history of France by discussing its art, which at first seems like a natural way to recall the times before photography and film existed. Read full book review >

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FORBIDDEN TO LOVE THE DUKE by Jillian Hunter
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A witty and warmhearted charmer with a fairy-tale romance aspect."
After a scandal, Lady Ivy Fenwick and her sisters have been living as recluses in their crumbling Tudor mansion. Facing destitution, Ivy comes out of hiding to apply for a job as a nanny for a neighboring duke—a duke she once kissed and never forgot. Read full book review >

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"An election-year must-read."
Becker's novel, republished from 1995, imagines an alternate political reality. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

"Though not unique in its revelations, the book offers inspiration for people who are taking those first rocky steps on the road to self-improvement."
The Biggest Loser's Michaels (Master Your Metabolism, 2009, etc.) crafts a guide to self-improvement and fulfillment. Read full book review >

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SEX WITH SHAKESPEARE by Jillian Keenan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A raunchy memoir revealing a visceral connection to the Bard."
With a fetish for being spanked, Keenan sees sex in nearly every Shakespearean play. Read full book review >