Search Results: "Malka Penn"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MIRACLE OF THE POTATO LATKES by Malka Penn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"The miracle of Hanukkah rendered in an appealing, concrete way that even young children will grasp. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Tante Golda's potato latkes are the most delicious in all of Czarist Russia; every year at Hanukkah, she likes to prepare a big batch for all her friends and neighbors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NULL STATES by Malka Older
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Carefully researched, prescient, thoughtful, and disturbing."
The second in a near-future series in which most of the world is governed by microdemocracy—in which groups of 100,000 people, or "centenals," vote for their government according to policy, not location. Read full book review >

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THE BEST OF THE BEST! THE DEFINITIVE LIST OF 2016'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BOOKS!
by John DeNardo

Internet readers are inundated with lots of lists throughout the year, but the end of the year is very special. That's the time when we see an overabundance of book-related "Best of the Year" lists. That's just fine by me. I love reading book lists to see what made the cut, what's different between lists, and how ...


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BOOK REVIEW

JONI MITCHELL by Malka Marom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"The gifted, adventurous musician talks as brilliantly as she writes and sings."
Three deep-running interviews with singer-songwriter Mitchell, by singer-journalist Marom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"To include a chronology, an index, and six color reproductions of art plus b&w photos (not seen). (Biography. 12+)"
In the first title in the ``Bernard-Bantam Biography'' series, an experienced writer of nonfiction delves into the life of a Mexican painter whose reputation is suddenly in the ascendant, in a straightforward account of her life that emphasizes her unquenchable spirit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMA'S LATKES by Malka Drucker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Grandma's facts aren't completely straight—the ancient Jews didn't cultivate potatoes; still, a fine introduction to the celebration and background of this holiday. (Fiction. 6-8)"
It's time to make latkes for Hanukkah, and Molly is finally old enough to help, to learn her grandma's secret recipe (reprinted at the end), and to hear the story of the miraculous oil. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Fans of Jillette's outspoken sarcasm and indecency will not be disappointed."
Admittedly digressive, tangential collection of random thoughts and observations about life from the perspective of a wise-cracking atheist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINTER KING by Thomas Penn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2012

"An entertaining, insightful biography featuring a colorful cast of characters, led by the formidable Henry VII, who passed on the first untroubled succession in 80 years, launching the equally turbulent but more familiar Tudor renaissance."
Henry VII, who reigned from 1485 to 1509, is little known compared to his son, Henry VIII, and granddaughter, Elizabeth I, but Verso Books editorial director Penn does an eminently satisfying job of remedying this. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRESTO! by Penn Jillette
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A sometimes-funny book that should be taken with a tablespoon of salt."
The acclaimed, outspoken magician delivers a "book about extreme personal lifestyle changes, written by a…juggler whose only higher education was Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Afterword. (Fiction. 8+)"
Left with an aunt when their widowed father escaped Poland in 1940 (``It's not safe for Jewish men...[but] No civilized country would hurt women and children''), Jacob Gutgeld and his brothers were sent to different hiding places outside the Warsaw Ghetto as the Nazis' intentions became evident. Read full book review >

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INFOMOCRACY by Malka Older
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Some aspects of the story may risk dating, but on the whole, timely and perhaps timeless."
A debut sci-fi author suggests that the electoral process could be even scarier, more convoluted, and more subject to factual distortions than it currently is. Read full book review >