Search Results: "Joshua Safran"


BOOK REVIEW

FREE SPIRIT by Joshua Safran
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A remarkable account of survival despite the odds."
Safran recounts growing up on the fringes of society, raised by a mother who dropped out of college in the early 1960s to become a hippie. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 28, 2014

"Weaving a tale that is simultaneously about race, failed systems, money, sex, family and simple rage, Safran truly did lose a year in Mississippi, and getting lost with him is a joy."
A murdered white supremacist sparks a remarkable investigation that is anything but straightforward. Read full book review >

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EATING ANIMALS by Jonathan Safran Foer
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"A blend of solid—and discomforting—reportage with fierce advocacy that will make committed carnivores squeal."
Celebrated novelist Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 2005, etc.) examines the ethics and practical realities of eating things with faces. Read full book review >

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JOSHUA MOHR
by Alex Layman

“I wonder if this book emits its own hiss. What happens when you hold it to your ear?” Joshua Mohr asks in his new memoir, Sirens. “Can you make out my scorched music?”

When reading about a former alcoholic and junkie’s blackouts, cocaine binges, and repeated self-destruction, there’s a comfort to perceived distance. It’s easier to read this ...


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BOOK REVIEW

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE by Jonathan Safran Foer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2005

"Much more is revealed as this brilliant fiction works thrilling variations on, and consolations for, its plangent message: that 'in the end, everyone loses everyone.' Yes, but look what Foer has found."
The search for the lock that fits a mysterious key dovetails with related and parallel quests in this (literally) beautifully designed second from the gifted young author (Everything Is Illuminated, 2002). Read full book review >

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Cut Paste Gone by Lisa  Safran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2015

"A well-written, engaging exploration of the maxim, 'Be careful what you wish for.'"
A young girl with a magic pair of scissors makes a collage out of reality in Safran's debut YA novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

"As an inspirational story for adoptees, particularly American Indians, seeking to uncover their past, however, it has many merits."
A slender memoir of a Native American adoptee's search for her true family. Read full book review >

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HANK'S WORK by Joshua Schreier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"The bold, stylized forms and bright colors will be fine for groups; also, a good choice to share with the art teacher. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The author of Luigi's All-Night Parking Lot (1990) enriches a story about a boy—a boy whose dad is too busy to recognize the importance of his son's activities—with a fantasy element dramatizing the intensity of a child's imagination. Read full book review >

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DINOSAURS! by Sheri Safran
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Lacklusterus nonstarteris. (Informational pop-up. 4-6)"
Eight dinos pose fetchingly in this hand-sized pop-up gallery. Read full book review >

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2015

"Pretty. Pretty forgettable too. (Pop-up picture book. 7-9)"
An abbreviated if recognizable version of the classic, with fine-lined illustrations augmented by a set of pull-up minivistas. Read full book review >

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HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Sharply observed but perhaps a bit too sprawling, Foer's novel bites off more than it can chew."
Foer's (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 2005, etc.) first novel in 11 years aspires to be a contemporary Jewish epic. Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED by Jonathan Safran Foer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2002

"Beauty from ashes. And a vibrant response to Jonathan's grim aphorism 'The novel is the art form that burns most easily.' Not this novel."
Comedy and pathos are braided together with extraordinary skill in a haunting debut, a tale that depicts, with riveting intensity and originality, a young Jewish American writer's search for his family's European roots. Read full book review >