Search Results: "Melinda Blau"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Parents of young children will be truly alarmed by this glimpse of what lies ahead, but it may give a glimmer of hope to those whose offspring have entered the terrible teens."
An unnerving look at teen and preteen behavior, with some advice on what puzzled parents can do about it. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Driven by passion, this book instructs and inspires."
A poignant memoir by one of our nation's most admired African-American women, written with the assistance of journalist Blau. Read full book review >

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THE MELINDA ZONE by Margaret Willey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1993

"A thoughtful, sophisticated consideration of love, and its burdens and rewards, in contemporary families. (Fiction. YA)"
A reflective novel focusing on a docile 15-year-old only child—survivor of a divorce war that's been going on since her babyhood—who escapes a well-programmed life split between two homes in Milwaukee to spend a summer in St. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 1993

"Still, their friends and caregivers will want to know about it, and the basic premise will be welcome to many."
A study of divorced older women that has important things to say to them—above all, that their lives may just be beginning anew after the long hiatuses of their marriages. Read full book review >

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THE VISION OF EMMA BLAU by Ursula Hegi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Hegi seems to be going through the motions here, aspiring to profundity no doubt but achieving only a tired gothic reprise of hubris and folly."
Companion novel to Hegi's Oprah-anointed Stones from the River (1994, etc.): an ambitious, multigenerational story about identity, fate, and the dark side of seemingly benign visions that dutifully plods through the years, detailing as it goes along the schematic lives of the Blau family held hostage to the Wasserburg, a once grand apartment building. Read full book review >

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SUBMISSION by Marthe Blau
Released: July 9, 2005

"Endlessly prying fingers aside, there's less psychological penetration than in Pauline Réage, though the language is a good deal more frank."
A scorching, affectless tale of sexual servitude that shows how little has been added in the 50 years since Story of O. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"An agile report that outclasses Mitch Gelman's comparable Crime Scene (1992)."
Diverting mix of crime reports, cop talk, Chicago politics, and gyrations of a young Chicago Tribune reporter trying to fit in with new colleagues and still ``make a difference.'' After a sudden transfer to the police reporters' office (known as the ``Cop Shop''), Blau found an antique atmosphere, with one detective chain-smoking Larks and snoozing as ashes fell on his wide lapels. Read full book review >

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STILL STAR-CROSSED by Melinda Taub
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 9, 2013

"A perfect blend of the intimate and the epic, the story both honors its origin and works in its own right. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Love and violence intertwine in this spectacular sequel to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Read full book review >

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THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A slow but satisfying read with impressive depth and emotion. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A peasant girl transplanted to the royal court repeatedly confronts death in her new life as executioner, entertainer and bride. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Overly professorial in tone, yet it sufficiently delivers the importance and impact of sexual equality for all."
A verbose chronology of the perpetual demonization of prostitution. Read full book review >

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RAVEN’S POINT by Melinda Metz
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Not scary; just disgusting. (Fiction. YA)"
Love defeats evil in mediocre gross-out horror. Read full book review >

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THE BEGGAR'S CUP by Eric Blau
Released: Sept. 21, 1993

"There is occasional fine portraiture here- -Moe Cohen the haunted producer; old shul Jews in the Bronx at the story's wind-up—but the air of quixotic self-discovery pretty much rarefies the realism and leaves it an urbane but one-note flog. (First printing of 25,000)"
Zachary Barthelmes is a Hollywood scriptwriter and director importuned by a Holocaust-surviving movie mogul, Moe Cohen, king of the horror flicks, to write a screenplay about the life of Theodor Herzl, the Zionist founding father. Read full book review >