Search Results: "Joseph Skibell"


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A BLESSING ON THE MOON by Joseph Skibell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 1997

"A fine debut, manifestly infused with deep familial and cultural feeling, and a significant contribution to the ongoing literature of the Holocaust."
An unusual first novel, about the fate of the Polish Jews during WW II, that engagingly blends doctrinal wisdom with magical- realist surrealism. Read full book review >

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MY FATHER'S GUITAR AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS by Joseph Skibell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A memoir/essay collection of consistently heartfelt and enlightening morsels of humanity."
Creatively dispatched memories from a noted essayist and fiction writer. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH by Shelia P. Moses
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"Moses's heart-wrenching story of a young man's struggle to cut ties with his mother and a dead-end life will leave readers profoundly moved. (Fiction. 12-16)"
It is hard to imagine a more irresponsible, indifferent, negligent mother than the one 15-year-old Joseph Flood has endured. Read full book review >

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SIX MEMOS FROM THE LAST MILLENNIUM by Joseph Skibell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A fresh look at an ancient source."
A deep dive into the mysteries of the Talmud. Read full book review >

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A CURABLE ROMANTIC by Joseph Skibell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"A leisurely paced novel from master stylist Skibell (The English Disease, 2003, etc.), who does a fine job of acquainting the reader with 20th-century European intellectual culture."
Dr. Jakob Sammelsohn, an oculist, falls in love with two different women at two different periods in 20th-century history—and along the way prominent figures, most notably Sigmund Freud, get caught up in his relationships. Read full book review >

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THE ENGLISH DISEASE by Joseph Skibell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2003

"Insufficient plot here, and the argument is overinsistent and oppressive."
A skimpy narrative and redundant emphases on the burdens and mysteries of Judaism drain the life out of Skibell's initially promising second (after A Blessing on the Moon, 1997). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Aspects of a spy novel, a writer's autobiography and a victim's affidavit pulsing with resentment and fear combine to reveal a man's dawning awareness of the primacy of freedom."
The frightening, illuminating and disturbing memoir by the author of The Satanic Verses, the book that provoked a death sentence from the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH ROTH by Joseph Roth
Released: Jan. 16, 2012

"A quintessential depiction of one man's view from the brink of the abyss."
The doomed world of interwar Europe comes to burning life in the anguished correspondence of the peripatetic Austrian novelist/journalist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"His tale has been told plenty of times to young audiences, but this iteration comes in an appealingly compact format, with plenty of contemporary photos and maps, plus a generous selection of backmatter. (glossary, bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 11-13)"
Hopping wraps her cogent account of how the Nee-mee-pu (Nez Perce) were rooted out of their homeland and only subdued after a long and heroic pursuit around twin character portraits of the group and of its most renowned member. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH STALIN by Steven Otfinoski
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"B&w photos; source notes; chronology; annotated bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Presented with undisguised condemnation and passion, the incredible story of Stalin's treacherous rise to power, moral degeneration, and miserable end. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 22, 1992

"B&w archival photos; glossary; selected sources; chronology; index. (Biography. 11+)"
In the ``People in Focus'' series, the author of the excellent Theodore Roosevelt Takes Charge (p. 676) presents a clear but conventional account of the paranoic Georgian whose atrocities rivaled Hitler's. Read full book review >