Search Results: "Jonathan Singer"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 9, 2012

"A deceptively thin, constructive caregiving resource."
A brief, compassionate guide to raising a disabled child. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN DEE
by Rachel Sugar

Jonathan Dee’s latest, an exquisitely nuanced drama of simmering small-town politics, is so prescient—so uncannily current—it’s a source of concern. “I worry a little bit the novel is close enough to current events that people are going to read it a little too much as if it were a key to current events,” Dee says.

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BOOK REVIEW

SOLOMON SNEEZES by Marilyn Singer
Released: Sept. 30, 1999

"Throughout the book, he cleverly shows only the sneezes' aftermaths, saving a complete tableau of a sneeze in action for the very end. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the Growing Tree series, a story of sneezing: "Solomon Snorkel has such a big sneeze, he can blow all the leaves off the sycamore trees." Read full book review >

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JOSIE TO THE RESCUE by Marilyn Singer
Released: March 1, 1999

"It's sweet and smooth, with the rivalry between Josie and Mary Jane spicing up the plot. (Fiction book. 6-9)"
Second-grader Josie, with a new baby sibling, finds out that her parents are having financial troubles; she wants to help by coming up with an idea so "wonderful, fabulous, terrific" that it will not only solve their problems, but prove once and for all that she's a more helpful girl than her cousin and rival, Mary Jane. Read full book review >

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BIG WHEEL by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A surefire story from a popular author. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Big Wheel Wiggins is the undisputed leader of his gang—an affable and diverse clutch of boys and a few girls who acquired local notoriety with high-jinks like conducting a bowling tournament with plastic flamingos, toadstools, and elves on a vacationing family's lawn. Read full book review >

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CHARMED by Marilyn Singer
Released: Oct. 30, 1990

The evil Charmer threatens many worlds; only a small group of companions with the "Correct Combination" of traits can stand against him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"An informed and accessible, if overly detailed, work on an important but neglected figure. (Forty-five photographs—not seen.)"
Singer, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, offers a thoroughly researched life of Andrea Razafkeriefo (1895-1973)- -better known as ``Andy Razaf''—the African-American lyricist whose over 500 song lyrics include ``Ain't Misbehavin' '' and ``Honeysuckle Rose.'' Razaf's career—which he pursued with a variety of collaborators, including Thomas ``Fats'' Waller, Eubie Blake, and James P. and J.C. Johnson—spanned the years of Tin Pan Alley as well as the jazz and swing eras. Read full book review >

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GEORGE SANTAYANA by Irving Singer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Singer is a graceful writer, but one who seems most comfortable addressing an academic readership. Nonetheless, committed lay readers will also find this to be a sound introduction to Santayana's broad sphere of philosophic influence."
An ornately conceived, sometimes elliptical, but comprehensive and insightful examination of the work of philosopher George Santayana. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 12, 2005

"Peregrinations of a curious, harmless sort that time has rendered largely irrelevant."
Eclectic, long-winded and occasionally diverting portraits by New Yorker staff writer Singer (Somewhere in America, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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When I Set Myself on Fire by W.W. Singer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A surreal, sometimes-difficult narrative that will reward patient readers."
A university lawyer takes care of a monkey with humanlike tendencies in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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GEM X by Nicky Singer
FICTION
Released: March 15, 2008

"The time and space taken by these details would have been better used to develop one or two important characters and move the story. (Science fiction. YA)"
Advances in genetic engineering are the basis of this disturbing but slow-paced dystopian novel. Read full book review >

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VENOM by Marilyn Singer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A two page webliography lists an intriguing variety of mostly academic and governmental sites for further exploration of this always interesting subject. (acknowledgments, bibliography, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This substantial introduction to toxic creatures of all kinds, both poisonous (to eat) and venomous (injecting their poison), is chock full of fascinating facts. Read full book review >