Search Results: "Joanna Rakoff"


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MY SALINGER YEAR by Joanna Rakoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2014

"Many of the mysteries of the literary world remain mysteries to the author, but she provides good company as she explores them."
A sharply observed coming-of-age memoir about an aspiring writer's entry-level job at a fading literary agency. Read full book review >

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A FORTUNATE AGE by Joanna Smith Rakoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"Here's hoping for a sequel, when all of them will be older, and none will be wiser."
Sometimes a novel's surface weaknesses reveal themselves as underlying strengths. Read full book review >

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DEAR BEAR by Joanna Harrison
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 5, 1994

"Katie might just as well have had this correspondence with her parrot. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Katie and the bear who lives under the stairs at her house start a correspondence. Read full book review >

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DID YOU EVER SEE? by Joanna Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Science books for the young can and should do better than this. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This new offering from the Tate Gallery's publishing arm asks simple questions about visual perception, challenging readers to make judgments about relationships between familiar objects. Read full book review >

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MAKE-BELIEVE TALES by Joanna Troughton
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An entertaining story that effectively represents the wisdom of the culture from which it comes. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A frequent contributor to the useful ``Folk Tales of the World'' series retells a ``Law Tale'' concerning four animals who bet a rich traveler that they can tell a story the traveler won't believe, thereby providing a frame for a series of amusing tall tales. Read full book review >

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LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH by David Rakoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2013

"Strong work. It deepens the impact that this was the last book completed by the author."
This short novel of rhyming verse might be better read aloud, if only the author were still alive to read it. Read full book review >

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HALF EMPTY by David Rakoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 2010

"An unsentimental comic depiction of our inability to recognize our own short-sided logic."
A collection of humorous—albeit pessimistic—essays on humankind's incalculable foibles. Read full book review >

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DON’T GET TOO COMFORTABLE by David Rakoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"The self-lacerating wit of David Sedaris mixed with the biting commentary of Dan Savage—only completely and utterly original."
Rakoff (Fraud, 2001) targets cultural excess in this humorous essay collection. Read full book review >

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FRAUD by David Rakoff
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 2001

"But mostly he is. Cloying, overlong diversions best suited for 15 minutes of public radio. Nothing more."
Fifteen disparate personal essays running from wisecracking self-deprecation to a misplaced, though welcome, earnestness from yet another young, sardonic NPR graduate. Read full book review >

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SINCE LAST SUMMER by Joanna Philbin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 3, 2014

"Wealth, as seen from someone who's been there, plus romance that rings true equals nicely entertaining chick lit. (Chick lit. 15-18)"
Middle-class Rory and her rich friend Isabel return to continue their romantic adventures in East Hampton. Read full book review >