Search Results: "Julek Heller"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ENCHANTED HORSE by Magdalen Nabb
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Told in spare, graceful language evoking an aura of mystery and meaning, illustrated with frequent, sensitive pencil drawings: a likable tale that would make an interesting prelude to George MacDonald's At the Back of the North Wind (1871). (Fiction. 8-12)"
A lyrical fantasy about the transcendent power of the imagination. Read full book review >

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KING ARTHUR AND THE LEGENDS OF CAMELOT by Molly Perham
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Not a significant improvement on Riordan's Tales of King Arthur (1982) or other standard renditions. (Folklore. 14+)"
Once again the great story is told: Merlin prophesies; Arthur pulls one sword from a stone and receives another from the Lady of the Lake; the knights disperse to seek the Grail; Arthur falls to Mordred's spear and is borne to Avalon. Read full book review >

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Alan Garner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An excellent edition. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
One of the most respected British folklorists and stylists (The Owl Service, 1968, Carnegie Medal; Book of British Fairy Tales, 1985) narrates an old favorite in a muscular, forthright style, more succinct than Joseph Jacobs but equally colorful, building to a satisfyingly embellished final tumble for the giant. Read full book review >

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SIGN LANGUAGE: ABC by Lora Heller
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"Other books do it better (with sensitivity): Handsigns, by Kathleen Fain (1993), and The Handmade Alphabet, by Laura Rankin (1991). (Picture book. 5-8)"
Clean, digital illustrations depict one word for each letter of the alphabet in sign language. Read full book review >

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UP THE WALL by Nicholas Heller
ADVENTURE
Released: May 26, 1992

"A novel notion, elaborated with imagination and style. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Everywhere the small narrator goes, someone in his family is busy and asking him to be quiet. Read full book review >

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THE BELIEVERS by Zoë Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2009

"Tom Wolfe might once have had vicious fun with such material, but this novel lacks the edge to make it sharper than soap opera."
This sociopolitical comedy of manners concerning a radical lawyer in a coma is beyond the novelist's satiric command. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"A convincing, passionate account that both educates and infuriates."
The author's account of his December 2005 voyage with a radical captain and crew who risk their lives to halt the Japanese whale hunt off Antarctica. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOW AND THEN by Joseph Heller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Knowing, winningly funny, and engagingly bittersweet."
The author of Catch-22 and five other novels looks back on the Brooklyn streets that spawned his twisted sense of humor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 1992

"Armchair reportage that adds up to little more than an anecdotal patchwork, conspicuously deficient in unifying threads."
The British author of The Decision Makers (1989) and other wry commentaries on big business now offers a tattered appreciation of the managerial talents required to prevail in the three-way battle for world economic dominion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Hunting Ground by Jean Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"A sometimes-effective mystery that suffers from some distracting affectations."
Journalist Heller (The Someday File, 2014) returns to Chicago for another gritty and complicated Deuce Mora mystery.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"An affectionate family scrapbook crafted with a bittersweet blend of humor and pathos."
A daughter's loving tribute to her famous father and the iconic Manhattan apartment building that housed their family's joys and sorrows. Read full book review >