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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FALSE ACCUSATIONS by Alan Jacobson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 2, 1999

"Good questions, but the characters, meanwhile, are stick figures and the plotting's unconvincing—including the final twist, which in its awkwardness is more irritating than breathtaking. (Author tour)"
A debut suspenser that takes something from Patricia Cornwell, something from John Grisham, and manages a bland blend of both. Read full book review >

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FOODCHAIN by Jeff Jacobson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 17, 2010

"Jacobson trenchantly denounces the substandard treatment of animals and the questionable practice of paying to hunt captive animals in a debut packed with relentless scenes of death and torture. Sensitive readers beware."
A one-time veterinarian descends into a maelstrom of violence and grim ethical dilemmas. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"This poignant and provocative book goes beyond its historical setting to get to the heart of why people do or don't identify with ethnic, national, or religious groups."
A dramatic exploration of varying degrees of Jewish identity espoused, concealed, or denied by 15 Holocaust survivors during and after the war. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2012

"Rich and flavorful—best ingested in small amounts so the savory pleasures linger."
The 2010 winner of the Man Booker Prize serves up selections from his columns at the Independent. Read full book review >

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THE PROTOCOLS OF AMBIGUITY by B.B. Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2014

"A skillfully written novel, undermined by fundamentalist propaganda."
In Jacobson's debut novel, a precocious boy from a broken family feels God's influence on his life. 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 >

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THE HUNTED by Alan Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"Jacobson rounds up the usual stick figures for yet another soapy suspenser."
In this wearisome thriller by the author of False Accusations (1999), the pivotal plot device is (brace yourself) amnesia. Read full book review >

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THE ACT OF LOVE by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"A robust novel—preposterous, disturbing and dazzlingly written."
A novel of sexual obsession and a little bit of guilt (but not much), from the London-based author of Kalooki Nights (2007), long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"A well-executed, original reflection on how social evil tends to endure, puzzle and resist efforts at redemption."
A provocative exploration of one of the "Nazi ‘human skin atrocities' "—a lampshade supposedly made of human skin. Read full book review >

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WHO'S SORRY NOW? by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2013

"Jacobson is often likened to Philip Roth, but there's plenty of Isaac Bashevis Singer in his somewhat weary understanding of the human condition. Fans won't be disappointed."
Another middle-age-angst-meets-sex-romp comedy from Jacobson (Man Booker Prize winner The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), that great chronicler of modern rakery. Read full book review >