Search Results: "Karla Jay"


BOOK REVIEW

Speaking in Tungs by Karla Jay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2015

"An often intriguing story, despite a few too many plot elements, that shows the disparate ways that speech therapy can help people regain their voices."
In Jay's debut novel, a speech therapist moves to the small town of Tungston, Pennsylvania—locally known as "Tungs"—and finds colorful characters and a little mystery. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"The essays themselves, however, are both entertaining and thoughtful."
Although loosely organized, this collection of writings on lesbian life is striking in its intellectual and experiential diversity. Read full book review >

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TALES OF THE LAVENDER MENACE by Karla Jay
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"Thoughtful, witty and informative, this memoir captures the fervor and exuberance of those years when young idealists stenciled T-shirts and marched to change the world—and perhaps they did. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Oh, to be young and a radical lesbian in the late 1960s and early '70s—here is a sharp and funny account of what it was like. Read full book review >

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EDWARD JAY EPSTEIN
by Clayton Moore

Getting the attention of investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein (The JFK Assassination Diary, 2013, etc.) is no small feat. Having profiled everyone from Lee Harvey Oswald to CIA chief James Jesus Angleton, Epstein has had a front row seat to the spy game for more than 40 years. So in May, 2013, when NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed mass surveillance ...


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7 RECENT TIME TRAVEL NOVELS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
by John DeNardo

Time travel is one of my favorite science fiction sub-genres. It's a longtime mainstay of science fiction literature, but it also seems to be making a resurgence in television as well. Timeless is a TV show in which a team of travelers attempt to stop a supposed terrorist from changing history by changing the outcome of famous historical events ...


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DIGGING DEEP
by Julie Danielson

Picture books are a greatly underestimated art form, too often dismissed, in the words of Maurice Sendak, as trifles for the kiddies. I’m about to teach a Summer graduate course, all about picture books, for the University of Tennessee, and I plan to kick it off with the usual request of my students: please try to go beyond merely “cute” ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PARTY DRAMA! by Ida Siegal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"The series continues to be noteworthy. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Emma, the plucky investigative journalist-to-be, is back with another story to report. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE RED APPLE by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2009

"Growth and change become wondrous things in this well-conceived and -executed nature story. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Readers follow an apple from tree to market to mouth; when birds pick the seeds from the nibbled core, a tree sprouts, bursting with blossoms in spring and providing a new crop of apples in summer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

A thorough survey of the innovations introduced into the American synagogue in the 19th century by the Reform movement, focusing on the Jewish woman's gradual religious emancipation. Read full book review >

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A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED THERE by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Parker's command of his medium—delicately sketched lines and subtly glowing watercolors—is total; he suggests the tumult of battle, the warmth of a family dinner table, and the timeless radiance of the menorah with equal facility. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An unusually thoughtful account of the events celebrated during Chanukah, touching gently on the ethics of violence in the struggle against injustice, the nature of miracles, and why we celebrate holidays. Read full book review >

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SOAP SOUP by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1992

"The cheerfully unassuming illustrations, often interspersed with the words, make a perfect complement. (Poetry/Easy reader. 4-8)"
``Ice and cream./Sleep and dream./Some words seem/to go together,'' remarks Kuskin early in this casual-seeming but carefully crafted cycle of verses, whose ideas move as smoothly from one to the next as the ``Wind and weather'' on the first page. Read full book review >

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CITY DOG by Karla Kuskin
ANIMALS
Released: March 21, 1994

"Any child who's been blessed with a similar release- -whether from school, city, or something less concrete—will relate to the dog's euphoria. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Repeating this gentle, lyrical poem—about a city dog's response to being at large in the country—on a single page at the end is a nice touch; seeing the lines reassembled, readers can better appreciate the play of sound and sense. Read full book review >