Search Results: "Johanna van der Sterre"


BOOK REVIEW

FEIVEL’S FLYING HORSES by Heidi Smith Hyde
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"An attractive and unusual look at both a Jewish immigrant's story and a disappearing pastime and trade. (historical note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Feivel, an experienced wood carver, arrives in New York from the old country, he is introduced to the wonders of Brooklyn's new Coney Island amusement park, where he gains employment with the carousel company, making the transition from carving "the fearsome lions that guarded the holy arks in synagogues" in Europe to carousel horses. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"A clever history book likely to spark conversations about times gone by. (Picture book. 5-8)"
While Bradford never gives kids a satisfying reason as to why they have to make their beds, he does entertain them with an unraveling tale of children in the same predicament. Read full book review >

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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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"The author's vivid details of South Africa's persistent racism, abject poverty, and continuing oppression are undermined by unnecessary repetition."
Unraveling a web of evidence in a notorious murder. Read full book review >

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TAMING THE BEAST by Katinka van der Merwe
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2013

"A useful guidebook on fibromyalgia that encourages sufferers to explore nontraditional treatments."
A chiropractic physician offers a holistic approach to understanding and managing fibromyalgia. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD NAZI by Dan van der Vat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1997

"Writing with irony and intelligence, van der Vat forces us to confront Speer anew. (22 b&w photos, not seen)"
The best biography yet on the self-described ``second man in the Reich.'' Albert Speer has long occupied a singular niche in history: that of the ``good Nazi,'' a decent and civilized man whose first love was architecture and who wished nothing more than to rebuild Germany from the misery of WW I and the worldwide depression of the 1930s. Read full book review >

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CHILDISH THINGS by Marita van der Vyver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 1996

"An engaging account of adolescence, those fraught years when everything is deadly serious and nothing can be taken for granted- -especially in a place like South Africa."
From the author of Entertaining Angels (1995), a bittersweet if at times pretentious evocation of adolescence in South Africa in the '70s, a time of violent upheavals. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 7, 2015

"Teens interested in any and all aspects of a career in dance will find useful and entertaining information here. (resources, glossary, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
From ballet to Broadway and from Hollywood to hip-hop: a how-to. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 1992

"The message is heartfelt, but the antique flavor of van der Post's reasoning and his simplistic tenets about illness overwhelm all that is fresh and moving here."
An autobiographical musing on mortality, suffering, and modern life from octogenarian van der Post, in which his often naive ponderings are relieved by vivid references to his beloved Kalahari and its Bushmen, still his true mÇtier. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

A well-rounded account of the bitter WW II battles in which the US, at no small cost, put paid to Japan's Pacific ambitions. Read full book review >

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POUNDING THE PAVEMENT by Jennifer van der Kwast
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2005

"Well-intentioned though lackluster first novel."
Job trouble, love trouble and a 20-something heroine—sounds like another stroll down chick-lit lane. Read full book review >

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THE TRAP by Rink van der Velde
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

The Trap ($22.00; Feb. 1997; 147 pp.; 1-877946-80-X): The first English translation of a spare and disturbing 1966 novel, set in the Netherlands during the German occupation in WW II. Read full book review >