Search Results: "Joan Silber"


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LUCKY US by Joan Silber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2001

"Refreshingly unsentimental: Silber writes with a modest intimacy that brings her characters to heartbreaking clarity even as she remains true to the ambiguities that plague every life—and love."
Silber's acutely observed fourth (In My Other Life, 2000, etc.) follows the trail of emotions left behind an HIV diagnosis as it touches the lives of one New York City couple. Read full book review >

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IDEAS OF HEAVEN by Joan Silber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Silber travels the globe and the centuries with ease. If more collections were like this one, readers would gladly abandon the novel."
Six stories, delicately intertwined "by a great net of glorious strands," in a standout second collection from Silber (In My Other Life, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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IMPROVEMENT by Joan Silber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"There is something so refreshing and genuine about this book, coming partly from the bumpy weave of its unpredictable story and partly from its sharply turned yet refreshingly unmannered prose. A winner."
Love and profit, fear and orneriness, intention and accident…all present and accounted for in this study of why our lives turn out the way they do. Read full book review >

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FOOLS by Joan Silber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2013

"A thought-provoking collection; 'Buying and Selling' is particularly strong."
A sequence of six linked stories explores the lives of those who risk something for their ideals, which is not the same as, and produces quite different results from, risking something for one's beliefs. Read full book review >

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THE SIZE OF THE WORLD by Joan Silber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"Silber guides the reader expertly through the narrative maze, elegantly exploring the subtleties of human interaction."
The size of the world turns out to be astonishingly large but also intimately connected, as this novel moves us dexterously across several generations, from Thailand to Vietnam, to Mexico and the United States. Read full book review >

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IN MY OTHER LIFE by Joan Silber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"Finely wrought tales, but the characters, no matter how varied, seem clichéd and their pasts contrived."
Twelve elegant but underpowered stories from Hemingway/PEN Award-winner Silber (In the City, 1987, etc.), charting the lives of those who, after misspent youth, settle down for the duration and ponder the changes. Read full book review >

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HOUSEHOLD WORDS by Joan Silber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2005

"Hardly new to the scene, this reprint may draw deserved attention to Silber's later work."
Twenty-five years after its release, Norton is reissuing Silber's debut novel of a Jewish housewife, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/Pen Award. Read full book review >

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EARLY BRIGHT by Ami Silber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A middling debut novel, but Silber shows much promise."
In 1948 Los Angeles, a white grifter haunts black jazz clubs and dreams of bebop fame. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 10, 1993

"Informative, persuasively argued, and offering valuable insight into cultural shifts that helped shape the US at a critical moment in its history. (Thirteen illustrations)"
Changing views of gender, as well as fluctuating race relations—as evidenced in society and culture both north and south when Civil War chaos gave way to efforts toward reconciliation— form the crux of Boston University historian Silber's provocative study. Read full book review >

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AFTER ANATEVKA by Alexandra Silber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Lacking the humor of the original musical, Silber's adaptation is disappointing."
The iconic characters from Fiddler on the Roof are brought back to life in a new novel that continues their story. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 16, 1990

"Nearly a quarter of the population that is trying to start a family cannot do so without medical help," says Silber, a fertility expert whose confidence in the new reproductive technology should give hope to heretofore infertile couples. Read full book review >

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LATE NIGHT DANCING by Diana Silber
Released: Feb. 15, 1990

Three Los Angeles women "of a certain age" survive their single status largely through their friendship—in this successful, engaging follow-up to Confessions (1989). Read full book review >