Search Results: "Marek Los"


BOOK REVIEW

LOOKIN’ FOR  BIRD IN THE BIG CITY by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Best read aloud by a storyteller with jazz inside, but sure to inspire more music. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Burleigh limns a fictionalized account of the very young Miles Davis coming to New York City with his trumpet, seeking Charlie "Bird" Parker and his saxophone. Read full book review >

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ALL BACKS WERE TURNED by Marek Hlasko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 1991

"Nihilistic but compelling."
A somber but accomplished novel of pervasive brutality and violence, in a place as hopeless and hellish as Devil's Island, from the late Polish Beat-writer and dissident Hlasko (Killing the Second Dog, 1990). Read full book review >

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IN LUCIA'S NEIGHBORHOOD by Pat Shewchuk
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Good intentions and appealing artwork can't overcome the vague descriptions and generic flavor of this narrative. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This Canadian import, adapted from an animated film, is an earnest effort to paint a positive picture of an urban neighborhood. Unfortunately, it fails to bring the narrator and her surroundings to life. Read full book review >

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OKINO AND THE WHALES by Arnica Esterl
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Every page is covered with cyan of a different intensity, corresponding to the amount of light in the water, but the overall effect is not haunting, but cold. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
A Japanese tale about a mother who walks to the undersea kingdom of whales to find her daughter and must weave a coat for the whale queen from her own hair to gain the child's release. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRECIOUS ONE by Marisa de los Santos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"Despite intellectual pretentions, including lots of references to Middlemarch, de los Santos (Falling Together, 2011, etc.) offers a comfort-food story in which men are either predators or perfect and women are both beautiful and brilliant."
Half sisters who don't really know each other are brought together by their emotionally domineering father for reasons of his own. Read full book review >

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KILLING THE SECOND DOG by Marek Hlasko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2014

"A cheerless morality play that is as piercing and compelling as its Western contemporaries."
Two rough-and-tumble Polish grifters scam an American widow in 1950s Tel Aviv. Read full book review >

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LOVE WALKED IN by Marisa de los Santos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"A timeless gem."
Two heroines, Clare Martin and Cornelia Brown, discover the power of friendship and the meaning of love in this remarkable tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Thoughtful, balanced addition to the frequently contentious scholarship of US-Cuban history. (15 b&w illustrations, 2 appendices)"
Nuanced explanation of a Cold War program that allowed approximately 14,000 Cuban children to enter the US in an effort to save them from Communism, written by one of those refugees. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Justice prevails in this focused true-crime drama."
A brutal unsolved murder case is cracked after 20 years of silence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Despite these flaws, Halter's stories and interviews should touch readers—and help them expand their range of moral activism both in extremis and in day-to-day life."
Thirty-six brief, often moving profiles of individuals who, usually at great personal risk, saved Jews from the Nazi juggernaut of death, from a noted French Jewish novelist (The Book of Abraham, 1986, etc.) and human-rights activist. Read full book review >

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THE END OF THE WORLD IN BRESLAU by Marek Krajewski
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 2, 2013

"In the second of Mock's five adventures translated into English (Death in Breslau, 2012, etc.), darkly atmospheric writing and complex characters draw the reader into a vividly depicted era of modern history."
In decadent 1920s Germany, a dutiful but haunted detective unravels a pair of bizarre murders as his personal life crumbles around him. Read full book review >