Search Results: "Johanna W. Prins"


BOOK REVIEW

MOTHER NUMBER ZERO by Marjolijn Hof
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Readers able to look between the lines will find plenty to ponder here. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In a simply written tale realistically built on half-formed questions and incomplete answers, a young adoptee suddenly starts thinking about his birth mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHANNA by Claire Cooperstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

A richly detailed first novel about a hitherto unsung—at least in fiction—heroine of art history whose unswerving belief in her brother-in-law Vincent's genius preserved his legacy for posterity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AGAINST THE ODDS by Marjolijn Hof
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"It is not a reassuring tale, however—'knowing everything,' as Kiki wants to do, rarely is—and it should, perhaps, be read with a trusted adult. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Kiki has a lot to worry about: Her father is a doctor who travels to war zones. Read full book review >

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THE ACORN EATERS by Els Pelgrom
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"An atmosphere of obscene poverty informs most of the book, but it is the novel's final image, of the boy in his home, brimming with love for his family, that resonates. (glossary) (Fiction. 12-15)"
A sensitive and evocative novel from Pelgrom (Little Sophie and Lanky Flop, 1988, etc.), who recounts the story of a young peasant boy growing up in Andalusia immediately following the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELÉCTRICO W by Hervé Le Tellier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Delicate handling of deep themes—loss, missed connections, meaninglessness—gives the novel an emotional charge greater than its low-key particulars and pacing."
A French journalist and a Portuguese photographer find they have some uncomfortable things in common in this latest from Le Tellier (Enough About Love, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2000

"Hartigan depicts Wilson as not only an organizational genius, but also as an amazingly resilient, largely appealing, and otherwise immensely interesting human being."
A readable, informative, succinct, respectful, but nonreverential biography of Bill Wilson (1895-1971), the guiding spirit and organizer of Alcoholics Anonymous, the hugely successful (millions of members in 140 countries) Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

W IS FOR WEBSTER by Tracey Fern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A fascinating look at the determination and vision that led one man to create an essential resource. (author's note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Noah Webster's path to creating his iconic dictionary is brought to life in this picture book. Read full book review >

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W IS FOR WASTED by Sue Grafton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"As she approaches the end of the alphabet, Kinsey waxes ever more reflective and philosophical."
Kinsey Millhone finds yet another way to be connected to a sudden death: as the victim's executor and sole heir. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"Gorgeous. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
One of those rarest of rare birds: a board book derived from a larger-format picture book that works and works well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Crepuscule W/ Nellie by Joe Milazzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A challenging, unconventional, rewarding imagining of a jazz giant's final years."
The relationships among jazz great Thelonious Monk; his wife, Nellie; and his friend and patron Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter are imagined in Milazzo's debut novel. Read full book review >