Search Results: "Marian Sneider"


BOOK REVIEW

ELI REMEMBERS by Ruth Vander Zee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"While its message is universally significant, its use will be most effective in introductory Holocaust discussions and curriculum. (Picture book. 12-15)"
On each Rosh Hashanah eve, Eli watches his great-grandmother light seven memorial candles, say a prayer and shed a tear over the blessing. Read full book review >

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THE GOODBYE SEASON by Marian Hale
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Perfect similes capture the flavor of Mercy's bittersweet life during the epidemic of 1918. (Fiction. 12-18)"
At the close of World War I, a Texas sharecropper's daughter painfully learns about loss and suffering when the Spanish Influenza kills those she loves. Read full book review >

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RUDOLF by Marian Pankowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The political dimensions of their phlegmatic rejection of conventional behavior are, here and there, suggested, but both the novel's strength (its Gide-like delicacy and robust erotic candor) and its cloying hothouse tone derive almost entirely from its steadfastly maintained amorality."
Rudolf ($39.95, paper $14.95; Nov. 1996; 128 pp.; 0-8101-1417- 8, paper 0-8101-1418-6): A thin and really rather annoying Polish novel, originally published in 1980, whose narrator indulges homosexual daydreams and fantasies while exchanging memories and debating the nature of the epicurean sensibility with his counterpart, an elderly German pursuer (and exploiter) of beautiful boys. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 1994

"In its eloquence, evenhandedness, and common sense, a book that rises heads and shoulders above the general run of pop-psych material."
A moving study of the dynamics of sibling relationships. Read full book review >

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TODAY IS NOT YOUR DAY by Marian Thurm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Life really is this difficult and annoying; stories like these make it more bearable."
Eleven wry, elegant stories, à la Lorrie Moore and Amy Bloom, address the sometimes-brutal stupidities of modern life. Read full book review >

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CONVERSATIONS by Marian Christy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Recycled but occasionally tantalizing sound bites from an eclectic group of accomplished women."
A series of short, sometimes revealing celebrity interviews that try to probe beyond the usual "How does it feel to be a star?" material. Read full book review >

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CANAPES FOR THE KITTIES by Marian Babson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"Newcomers unbeguiled by icky-poo, however, deserve fair warning."
Babson's antic imagination runs unfettered in this outing, set in a village near London called Brimful Coffers. Read full book review >

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THE WOMAN WHO STOLE MY LIFE by Marian Keyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A salon owner-turned-invalid-turned author struggles to make sense of her life, and sometimes so do we."
The roller-coaster tale of a chatty Dublin woman rendered speechless, then renewed by the love of a good doctor—and a terrible literary agent. Read full book review >

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THE CLAIRVOYANT by Marian Thurm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Like its protagonists, Thurm's latest is as brisk, charming, and good-natured as they come—but so slight that it leaves only a phantom aftertaste on the literary tongue."
Thurm revisits favorite themes (death, interracial marriage, life in New York) in her characteristically lighthearted way in her fourth novel (The Way We Live Now, 1991, etc.), this featuring a Manhattan psychic who chats with ghosts and interferes compulsively with the lives of those he loves. Read full book review >

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WHAT’S COME OVER YOU? by Marian Thurm
Released: June 1, 2001

"'Love the One You're With' could be the theme song for these poignant, multilayered, pitch-perfect slices of life filled with humanity and hope despite frequent betrayals and abandonments."
Love and loss form myriad combinations in these quirky, funny, ironic, and heartbreaking tales: a third collection from storywriter and novelist Thurm (The Clairvoyant, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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DARK WATER RISING by Marian Hale
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A good match with Hale's own The Truth About Sparrows (2004) and excellent context for discussions of Hurricane Katrina. (Historical fiction. 10+)"
In 1900, Seth Braeden's father moves his family to Galveston, Texas, "the New York City of Texas," with a booming economy perfect for a master carpenter intent on starting a new business. Read full book review >

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ANGELS by Marian Keyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2002

"It's little surprise that all Keyes's novels are released in summer—with their appealing combination of lighthearted humor, high-end shopping, and a little true love."
Queen of the girlie-girl novel, Irish author Keyes makes her fifth outing—and first to be set in the US—a laugh-out-loud tour through the land of broken hearts and fun shoes. Read full book review >