Search Results: "Michael Rubens"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SHERIFF OF YRNAMEER by Michael Rubens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Broadly amusing characters and situations, although the yarn never quite clicks as laugh-out-loud comedy."
Picaresque first outing for former Daily Show writer/producer Rubens. Read full book review >

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THE BAD DECISIONS PLAYLIST by Michael Rubens
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A charming, at times brutally funny peek inside a slacker's mind. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A pot-smoking slacker with a habit of writing half-songs meets his long-lost father in this droll, moving novel. Read full book review >

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EMILY AND THE SPELLSTONE by Michael Rubens
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Abrakadonculous! Especially good fun for a rainy afternoon or a not-too-groggy sick day. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When a forlorn 12-year-old girl finds an enchanted beach stone shaped like a cellphone, suddenly everything starts to get pretty darn weird…. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"This book won't make readers proud to be Jewish. It will make them proud to be a pool player in a porkpie hat, a tattooed punk or anyone who survives all the way to 13. Everyone should read it the moment he becomes a man. (Fiction. 13-17)"
This is a book every bar-mitzvah boy will want to steal. Read full book review >

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NINE LIVES by Bernice Rubens
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A killer so robotic that he seems sedated keeps a rather classically constructed, and very British, tale from being much more than an exercise in style."
There's a killer on the loose in England, and no psychotherapist is safe. Read full book review >

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THE SERGEANTS’ TALE by Bernice Rubens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"With her usual expert precision and swiftly assured strokes, Rubens cuts away the dross and leaves us with baroque emotions conveyed in a fine-tuned minimalism. Nerve-racking."
Two British soldiers—one Jewish—are twisted up in espionage in British Palestine. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL NESMITH
by Nick A. Zaino III

Michael Nesmith’s first big job in the music industry didn’t make much sense to him. He was hired—along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork—to be part of a rock and roll band on television called the Monkees. It would change his life in ways he couldn’t quite comprehend. He addresses this in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An ...


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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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ÉDOUARD LOUIS
by Rhett Morgan

In 2014 at the age of 22, Édouard Louis published his first novel, The End of Eddy, in France and caused a sensation in the French press. Like another recently celebrated European author, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Louis takes directly from his own life to craft bleak images. Also like Knausgaard, he came under intense media scrutiny as investigative journalists sought ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A SOLITARY GRIEF by Bernice Rubens
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A teeth-grinding, chilling tale of human nastiness—in guises that are both horrible and most commonplace."
Reading a Rubens novel (Mate in Three, Our Father, Sat on Edge—all 1987) requires an iron-nerved distance. Read full book review >

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The Truth The Whole Truth Nothing but the Truth by Michael
NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2011

"Sprightly throughout, this volume portrays a belief system that is vehement though rarely novel."
A debut book offers a no-nonsense guide to biblical teachings, with a particular emphasis on the truth found in the Bible itself. Read full book review >

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THE SEEDS OF FRIENDSHIP by Michael Foreman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An immigrant story without angst and with lots of love and hope. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A small, brown boy named Adam loves his new home, a tall building in a big city, but he misses the warmth of the place he is from. Read full book review >