Search Results: "Linda Heller"


BOOK REVIEW

Let There Be Linda by Rich Leder
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An irreverent novel that gleefully spins the plot into preposterousness."
Estranged brothers have a chance to reconcile when pursued by a ruthless loan shark and faced with caring for their mother, just back from the dead, in Leder's (Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench, 2014, etc.) comic thriller. Read full book review >

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WHO ARE YOU, LINDA CONDRICK? by Patricia Carlon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A vintage 1962 whodunit: clever, understated, and altogether expert, though its did-she-or-didn't-she dynamic lacks the edge marking the best of the eight mysteries by Carlon (Death by Demonstration, 2001, etc.) already to reach American shores."
For years, the Forst family, sheepherders in the Australian outback's remote Leumah Valley, have depended on the bounty of matriarchal Ella Forst. Read full book review >

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THE CASTLE ON HESTER STREET by Linda Heller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"The historical references make the narrative a bit creaky, but Kulikov recreates warmly lit, authentic-looking interiors and street scenes, and his smiling, flexibly posed figures project an intimacy that will draw children in to this intergenerational interchange. (Picture book. 6-8)"
New pictures add fresh animation to a slightly retouched text originally published in 1982. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"As vivid a demonstration of community as readers are likely to find. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-7)"
Charity and caring for others—the Jewish concept of "tzedakah"—comes full circle in the story of a big sister who demonstrates generosity to a younger sibling through community outreach. Read full book review >

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FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"No one has the temerity to claim that Brown was a cure-all for our nation's ills; perhaps this offering's greatest strength for young readers is the sense that Brown was part of a historical process—and so, now, are they. (Anthology. 10+)"
A nuanced collection thoughtfully commemorates, rather than celebrates, the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. 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 >

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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 >