Search Results: "Judith Hierstein"


BOOK REVIEW

JUDITH by Nicholas Mosley
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Released: Feb. 14, 1990

Take the melodramatic core of reality from such earlier Mosley teasers as Accident and Serpent and you might end up with this high-toned, quicksilver mess about a delusional young actress named Judith. Read full book review >

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THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION FROM A TO Z by Laura Crawford
ABC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Not the first word on the subject by any means, nor the last, but this once-over merits a spot in the middle somewhere—as a quick topical review, maybe. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Simultaneously presenting Revolutionary War people and events in both alphabetical and—roughly—chronological order, Crawford pulls off a neat trick that compensates, at least in part, for the artificiality of it all. Read full book review >

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NATHAN’S HANUKKAH BARGAIN by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Too bad. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With five dollars in quarters in his pocket, Nathan and his grandfather begin a quest to buy a traditional menorah, one with cups to hold oil rather than candles. Read full book review >

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THE LOVES OF JUDITH by Meir Shalev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1999

"Even so, the village mythologizing and the proverbs ('He couldn't say the names of wine, but his frying pan laughed and his knife danced in his hand—) will warm the hearts of many."
Shalev's third English translation (Esau, 1994) is set in post-WWII Palestine. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 6, 2012

"A multifaceted journey for devotees of Vertigo to contemplate and enjoy."
Last time the world heard from Judy Barton she was tumbling out of the bell tower at Mission San Juan Bautista to her death, but it turns out the ethereal beauty of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece Vertigo has more to say. Read full book review >

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I HAVE A FRIEND by Judith Inglese
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2014

"Aims high but misses. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Staid pictures make a poor match for a child's free-flying introduction to an imaginary friend. Read full book review >

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JORAH'S JOURNAL by Judith Caseley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

"The resolution comes too easily, cramming all of Jorah's adjustment period into just a few days, but her predicament will still ring true for emerging readers. (Fiction. 7+)"
Caseley (Witch Mama, 1996, etc.) presents a hurried-up, condensed look at the first days of a third-grader in her new home. Read full book review >

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WITCH MAMA by Judith Caseley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The book becomes more of a primer on celebrating Halloween than a story about the Witch Mama. (Picture book. 4+)"
Jenna was born on Halloween; her mother was dressed up as a witch when she went into labor. Read full book review >

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CHLOE IN THE KNOW by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 1993

"A class trip to N.Y.C.'s Chinatown, knowledge that her own mother once unwittingly hurt her grandmother's feelings, worry over a crossing-guard's absence—these morsels make up Chloe's world; her triumphs should bring a smile. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Independent-minded Chloe, eldest child of three in the Kane family (Hurricane Harry, 1991, etc.), accompanies her mother through amniocentesis, sticks up for little brother Harry when he's unjustly accused of lying, and admits she's plagiarized a poem for her grandmother's birthday. Read full book review >

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DEAR ANNIE by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"The subtext here- -the value of written communication—is disarmingly wrapped in the warmly depicted relationship between generations, nicely extended in the cheerful illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In describing a correspondence between a child and her grandfather, Caseley deftly outlines the girl's growth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 2008

"A loving, stirring portrait of the American cultural mosaic."
Fearless foreign correspondent buys a fixer-upper in a different kind of war zone: West Harlem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLYING OUT OF BROOKLYN by Beverly Magid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2007

"A heartfelt and ambitious novel that doesn't reach its potential."
A woman seeks to escape her humdrum life in World War II-era Brooklyn. Read full book review >