Search Results: "Marion Jacobson"


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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2012

"A good start on a rich subject."
A solid, readable academic inquiry into accordion technology and culture, showing how the instrument has adapted to changing times and trends. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1991

The trial of Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry, with its titillating mixture of sex, lies, and videotape, not only attracted worldwide attention, but gave rise to more serious questions—which are partially addressed here by Voice of America's Agronsky. Read full book review >

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MARION HATLEY by Beth Castrodale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2017

"A reflective, compassionate, and gracefully written tale about a designer that effectively uses its historical setting."
In this debut novel set in 1931, a corsetiere fleeing scandal starts over in a small town, where she learns more about her past and herself. Read full book review >

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MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY’S ANCESTORS OF AVALON by Diana L. Paxson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2004

"For die-hard fans."
Another prequel to Bradley's bestselling feminist take on Arthurian legend. Read full book review >

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SHYLOCK IS MY NAME by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"The book is also full of the facile asides and riffs for which Jacobson has been praised and spanked—comic patter that pales amid the fine, thoughtful talk when his two heroes hold forth in this uneven effort."
A novelization of The Merchant of Venice set in contemporary England touches on foreskins, art collectors, athletes, and troublesome daughters.Read full book review >

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IN THE LAND OF OZ by Howard Jacobson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Witty, at times self-deprecating, and always shrewdly observant, Jacobson offers a wry, revealing portrait of a land and its people."
A sharp-eyed British traveler recalls his greatest adventure. Read full book review >

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THE MIGHTY WALZER by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2011

"A delight from start to finish, and a note-perfect evocation of the gray 1950s."
An entertaining Jewish picaresque novel, following on Jacobson's Man Booker Prize-winning The Finkler Question (2010). Read full book review >

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THE FINKLER QUESTION by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"At turns a romp and a disquisition worthy of Maimonides; elegantly written throughout, and with plenty of punchlines too."
Elegiac—but also humorous—meditation on life's big questions: life, death, the nature of justice, whether to sleep with a German. The book won the 2010 Man Booker Prize. Read full book review >

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EVERYONE AND NO ONE by Mark Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Jacobson's one-note humor wears thin very quickly, and his ad- hoc metaphysics simply annoy."
Journalist and novelist Jacobson (Gorijo, 1991) again ventures into Tom Robbins's territory for a seriocomic fiction that purports to be a profound commentary on America's obsession with appearance, tricked up with all sorts of anthro-religious jive. Read full book review >

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THE VERY MODEL OF A MAN by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

"Jacobson looks into faith and sees only dark corners."
A smug novel that aspires to rip the lid off religious convention and conviction. Read full book review >

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ROOTS SCHMOOTS by Howard Jacobson
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 21, 1994

"Despite some nice miniatures, a snide, rather pointless, lazy book."
In his fiction (Redback, 1987; Peeping Tom, 1985, etc.) and now with this travelogue/sociologue/personalogue about his semi-Jewishness, Jacobson seems fated never quite to cast off the perception of him as a Philip Roth wannabe perpetually one step behind (both in talent and intellectual plasticity) his American master. Read full book review >

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I LOVE MUSIC by Marion Billet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Consider this an unessential novelty unless sturdy books with nonanimal sounds are sought. (Board book. 1-3)"
Recorder, piano, violin, guitars, drums, and xylophone are played by a pig, elephant, cat, zebras, bears, and mice respectively, while chips embedded in each page play an appropriate snippet of music. Read full book review >