Search Results: "Margot Bettauer Dembo"


BOOK REVIEW

SUMMERHOUSE, LATER by Judith Hermann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"Stories, yes, but without characters a reader can care about, they remain surface only."
The ten stories in Hermann's debut are said to have been a great success at home (Hermann is a Berliner), but to the Yankee ear they seem to consist, for the most part, of youth, pose, and attitude. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 1998

"Because of the variety of the author's experiences and the power of their expression here, if you could only read one Holocaust memoir—this should be the one."
Ably translated, this is an extraordinary Holocaust memoir wherein a young Czech woman undergoes a dizzying variety of hellish experiences. Read full book review >

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THE SWIMMER by Zsuzsa Bánk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A startling piece of work in its lack of affect, reminiscent of the fiction and memoir of Jerzy Kosinski and Agota Kristof."
Life behind the Iron Curtain in post-1956 Hungary provides the backdrop for a nightmare childhood. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2004

"A well-considered slice of the Nazi era, and one with a happy ending."
A vivid reconstruction of the final weeks of Hitler's regime. Read full book review >

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AFTERTIME by Olaf G. Klein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

Aftertime ($24.95; May; 116 pp.; 0-8101-1504-2): This relentlessly depressing novel records the psychic disintegration of a young German woman who had been a student in Kiev at the time of a nearby nuclear reactor accident. Read full book review >

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BRAVE MARTHA by Margot Apple
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The comfortable pencil and watercolor drawings, making deliberate or accidental homage to Sendak's Really Rosie, lend a nostalgic flavor to this age-old bedtime dilemma. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Apple turns from the exploits of Nancy Shaw's exuberant sheep (Sheep Take a Hike, 1994, etc.) to a quieter bedtime tale about a young girl facing her fears in the dark. Read full book review >

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DESIGN FOR LIVING by Margot Peters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2003

"An appealing portrait of the attractive Lunts and of Broadway in its heyday."
Veteran biographer Peters (May Sarton, 1997, etc.) limns the glamorous life of the American theater's most successful acting team. Read full book review >

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HOTHOUSE FLOWER AND THE NINE PLANTS OF DESIRE by Margot Berwin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 2009

"Poorly executed magical realism."
Berwin's debut sends a New York singleton south of the border in search of plants with magical powers. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2001

"A complete bibliography of Zemach's published work is also appended, making this a first choice for most library collections as well as an excellent addition to any toddler's shelf of nursery rhyme favorites. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This posthumous collection of gloriously illustrated traditional rhymes and songs supplemented by a brief biographical sketch gives Caldecott Medalist Zemach's (Duffy and the Devil, 1973) fans one more chance to savor the delicious watercolors of this highly respected artist. Read full book review >

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IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE by Margot Zemach
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1977

"The more you look at Zemach's pages the more commotion there is to notice. And it's a good story, worth repeating."
Remember the "poor unfortunate man" who feels crowded with his mother, wife, and six children in a little one-room hut—until the Rabbi instructs him to bring his chickens, goat, and cow inside as well? Read full book review >

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MAY SARTON by Margot Peters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 1997

"A thoughtful, even-handed, well-written story of the tumultuous life of a woman who might have left an even stronger literary legacy if she had lived life less ardently. (97 photos, not seen)"
The authorized but unquestionably ``warts and all'' biography of the late poet, novelist, and diarist. Read full book review >

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THE CATACOMB CONSPIRACY by Margot Arnold
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"This long-running (nine titles), lackluster series, with its idiosyncratic detective team, stodgy dialogue, and everything-but- the-kitchen-sink plotting, will draw no new admirers with this outing, but loyalists will find it on a par with The Menehune Murders (1989)."
Pesky American anthropologist Penny Spring and her crusty, antisocial best friend, British archaeologist Sir Tobias Glendower, while vacationing in a Roman villa, encounter two murders, a kidnapping, a disappearance, and Inspector Cicco—who wishes they'd stop nosing around and just go home. Read full book review >