Search Results: "Madeleine B. Stern"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 1998

"Best suited for the libraries of those already Alcott buffs and collectors—all others would do better to explore Alcott by dipping once more into the adventures of Little Women's Jo March, her alter ego."
paper 1-55553-348-5 A collection of recycled essays and articles rather reverentially stressing the "Concord Scheherazade's" development as a writer and a feminist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Of interest for the Alcott material alone, but the light-handed, nontechnical accounts of the uncommon duo's experiences as women antiquarians also make pleasurable reading for anyone immersed in the world of books. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This breezy dual autobiography of two writers and antiquarian- book dealers points up their extraordinary accomplishment in spheres of endeavor long dominated by men. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"Best for bibliophiles who have encountered the two via their catalogues or books, but also for a glimpse of growing old gracefully."
A sweet reminiscence of two women, now 87 and 90 years old, whose lives came together in college and whose personal and professional friendship has continued to today. Read full book review >

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JESSICA B. HARRIS
by Maya Payne Smart

Scenic and engaging, My Soul Looks Back recounts the years author Jessica B. Harris spent on the periphery of a circle of friends that included literary powerhouses James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. The memoir spans the globe and several decades to describe the fascinating group.

Harris was in a relationship with Baldwin’s close friend Samuel Clemens Floyd III ...


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I SAW A BULLFROG by Ellen Stern
ANIMALS
Released: April 22, 2003

"The failure here is not in quality of art, but of imagination; next to Jack Prelutsky's Scranimals, or Sarah Perry's If— (1995), too many of these creations just fall flat. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Stern showcases unusual facility at naturalistic depiction, but like the 11 imaginary animal hybrids that appear here, the result overall is neither fish nor fowl. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER SONG ABOUT THE KING by Kathryn Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2000

"Middling."
A well-crafted if underplotted debut novel in which a daughter learns to forgive her high-maintenance, Elvis Presley-obsessed mother after a fatal illness brings the two together for those obligatory healing moments. Read full book review >

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ACCORDING TO A SOURCE by Abby Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"The human side of Hollywood is revealed in Stern's strong debut."
An undercover celebrity reporter discovers there are things more important than the latest exclusive. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Stern weaves an intricate and clever web of stories steeped in both sacred and mundane Jewish culture."
"Mischief" is indeed the operative term here, for Stern's characters are subtle, slyly humorous and at times poignant. Read full book review >

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FIRST CALL: GREETING 2017 WITH TROUBLE-FRAUGHT STORIES IN HAND
by J. Kingston Pierce

There are some years when it’s pretty easy to pick out which first-quarter crime, mystery, and thriller novels are destined to become the Big Reads, those books that enjoy extraordinary promotions and generate the most word-of-mouth. Such is not the case heading into the initial three months of 2017. There are so many promising new works by so many familiar ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHANGE OF HEART by Tracy Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Wooden dialogue, dated assumptions, and a host of whopping coincidences leave the reader caring not a whit where that baby goes."
A supposedly modern young woman must choose between single motherhood and a full, happy life in this hopelessly dated and unconvincing melodrama, by the author of the equally dreadful But First for Love (1991) and This I Promise You (1989). Read full book review >

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RADIOS by Jerome Stern
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Pleasantly diverting observations on passing life, ideal for short-attention-span meditations. (drawings by author, not seen)"
The spoken word translates neatly into the written in this posthumous collection of microessays from National Public Radio commentator Stern (Making Shapely Fiction, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >