Search Results: "Johanna Adorján"


BOOK REVIEW

AN EXCLUSIVE LOVE by Johanna Adorján
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2011

"In the process of assimilating disparate facts into a poignant and elegant story, Adorján exposes her own hopes and fears, an added bonus."
Berlin-based journalist Adorján's debut examines why and how her grandparents committed suicide together, decades after they survived the Holocaust. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET CIRCUS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"A quiet, comforting debut, best shared snuggled close together. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Somewhere, beneath the twinkling lights of Paris, there is a circus. Read full book review >

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CITY OF GHOSTS by Johanna Stoberock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Spirited and fresh-faced, a decent debut marred a bit by heavy breathing ('Did I say his eyes were blue? They were like a September sky')."
First outing about a young woman's bittersweet marriage to a tour guide. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 1996

"Neuman's book is interesting as a historical review but superficial as political analysis because of its failure to consider fundamental questions of the relationship of the media to society. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Neuman, foreign editor of USA Today, claims to debunk myths about the power of technology to shape world events. Read full book review >

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Johanna Lindsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Sex and Christian warmth to ring up cash-register rhapsodies."
Regency fluff that might be retitled The Seduction, since at heart its greatest allure is sex, not the Christmas season. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"The anthology's large font and short-story format may appeal to struggling middle-school readers as well as elementary-school kids, although the rather juvenile cover art (that nonetheless captures the 'fooled you' concept) might fool them into thinking it's only appropriate for a much younger audience. (Short stories. 8- 14)"
After collecting stories all based on birthdays from well-known children's authors for a previous anthology, Birthday Surprises (1995), this time Hurwitz has asked a group of ten writers to create stories that include the line, "I fooled you," a concept that, she reminds readers, is a common feature of most folk and fairy tales. Read full book review >

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DEAR EMMA by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Good enough, but it could have been better. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The epistolary format works against this sequel to Faraway Summer (2001). Read full book review >

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ELISA MICHAELS, BIGGER & BETTER by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Familiar situations and characters, frequent pencil illustrations, and generous font and white space make this a perfect transitional book for new readers who will look forward to following Elisa and her warm family and friends in the future. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Elisa, almost eight, is the star of the newest Riverside Kids series. Read full book review >

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FAULT LINES by Johanna  Wagstaffe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Thorough, engaging, and accessible. (resources, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A seasoned meteorologist and journalist uses personal experiences, interviews with earthquake witnesses, history, charts, and photographs as she explains the science behind earthquakes. Read full book review >

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YOUR BIG BREAK by Johanna Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2006

"It'll take a lot of caffeine to make it through this safely constructed snooze."
Lies muddle the life of a Boston break-up artist. Read full book review >

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THIS WILL BE DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN by Johanna Skibsrud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2012

"Skibsrud's economical, poetically aware stories reveal a writer comfortable with the form, and one who requires her readers to think."
Connection and enlightenment are sought and occasionally experienced in a first collection from Canadian poet and Giller Prize-winning novelist Skibsrud (The Sentimentalists, 2011). Read full book review >

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A HIDDEN LIFE by Johanna Reiss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2009

"Readers of this troubling account will be eager to rediscover The Upstairs Room."
The Dutch American author of the young-adult Holocaust novel The Upstairs Room (1972) recounts the unexpected, devastating suicide of her husband. Read full book review >