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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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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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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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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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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NO MORE MR. NICE GUY by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A lovely, lively novel for all its sometimes bitter view of the war between the sexes; impeccably written, and without a false note."
Man Booker Prize winner Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.) delivers a cross-the-pond rejoinder to Philip Roth in this entertaining, sexually laden picaresque. Read full book review >

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GOOD LOOKIN' MAN LIKE ME by Lyle Jacobson
Released: Aug. 25, 2011

"A luminous portrait of a life that transcends constraints."
A mentally disabled man feistily perseveres in this wry, heartwarming memoir. Read full book review >

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J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

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ALL FOR LOVE by Dan Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"An eccentric, engaging mix of melodrama and erudition."
A true tale of love and madness in Belle Epoque Vienna serves as the basis for this Booker nominee. 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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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 >