Search Results: "Joel Schwartzberg"


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SMALL THINGS CONSIDERED by Joel Schwartzberg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 15, 2014

"Many parents, divorced or not, will see reflections of themselves in this pleasant collection."
A collection of humorous, sometimes poignant essays from an award-winning writer and happily divorced father who confesses to hating kids' music but loving Barry Manilow tunes. Read full book review >

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RONALD REAGAN by Renee Schwartzberg
Released: Dec. 7, 1990

A harsh view of Reagan and his career: Not particularly gifted intellectually, Reagan found success as a Hollywood actor, as a spokesman for GE, and later as a politician—accomplishments seen here as the product of a malleable personality and an excellent memory (which failed him, the author ironically points out, when he testified in the Poindexter trial—as it had 28 years earlier in a Justice Department investigation of his talent agency, MCA). Read full book review >

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DEXTER BEXLEY AND THE BIG BLUE BEASTIE by Joel Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2007

"Fanciful fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a little boy encounters a fantastical creature, he uses his imagination to keep his new friend entertained. Read full book review >

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GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER by Joel Meyerowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"An attractive book that will be most useful as a complement to the film. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
In the manner of Violette Verdy's step-by-step retellings (Of Swans, Sugarplums, and Satin Slippers, 1991), a scrupulously detailed narration explicating what's seen in a full performance of The Nutcracker—in this case, the new film version. Read full book review >

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FACE TO FACE WITH GRIZZLIES by Joel Sartore
ANIMALS
Released: May 8, 2007

"A glossy picture essay that young nature fans will enjoy browsing. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Tracking grizzlies from Alaska to the Rocky Mountains, a frequent National Geographic photographer, in a first book for children, gives young readers a first-hand account of daily life of these huge endangered mammals. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Ultimately, a textbookish but nonetheless supportive, enlightened study."
A salutary study—slightly overwhelmed by its enthusiasm for the theoretical—of strategies for meeting the ``crisis of meaning'' triggered by an HIV-positive diagnosis. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"Serviceable boot-camp comedy."
What's a nice, liberal Jewish boy from Chicago doing in a Merkava tank along Israel's border as Lebanon sets up ambushes against Hezbollah guerillas? Read full book review >

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A TOWN CALLED JERICHO by Joel Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1992

"He succeeds, though, in making North Dakota sound even bleaker than the Bronx."
A tale of two losers: a small-town mayor who sees his long-shot race for the state assembly as the first step in his becoming the fifth face on Mount Rushmore, and a returning exile from the town who hopes to avenge his mother's death years ago by assassinating the candidate. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A grim reminder of the many 'reasons why species should be preserved.'"
A shocking account of how the passenger pigeon, a bird found only in North America, became extinct. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"An eloquent memoir of Jonah's sometimes-almost-imperceptible growth, increasing social skills and developing self-awareness that also addresses the broader issues involved with parenthood."
With self-deprecating humor and searing honesty, Montreal-based feature writer and book reviewer Yanofsky (Mordecai and Me: An Appreciation of a Kind, 2003, etc.) reveals the painful frustration and the powerful bond of love between him, his wife and their 11-year-old autistic son, Jonah. Read full book review >