Search Results: "Miriam Toews"


BOOK REVIEW

A COMPLICATED KINDNESS by Miriam Toews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"Toews captures the spurts and lurches of adolescent growth in a tale as crude and fresh as its subject matter."
An amusing if somewhat rambling account by Canadian author Toews (Swing Low: A Life, 2001) of a teenaged girl growing up in the middle of nowhere. Read full book review >

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A BOY OF GOOD BREEDING by Miriam Toews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"An earnest, sweet-tempered narrative."
A charming novel by Canadian author Toews (A Complicated Kindness, 2004) reveals what it's like to live in the smallest town in Canada. Read full book review >

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ALL MY PUNY SORROWS by Miriam Toews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2014

"'Sadness is what holds our bones in place,' Yoli thinks. Toews deepens our understanding of the pain found in Coleridge's poetry, which is the source of the book's title."
A Canadian writer visits her older sister, a concert pianist who's just attempted suicide, in this masterful, original investigation into love, loss and survival. Read full book review >

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IRMA VOTH by Miriam Toews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"A literary novel marked by charm, wit and an original approach to language, weakened by polarized characters and a shift from gritty to soft-centered."
An unworldly Mennonite girl with a tainted past considers a life without the direction of her father, her husband or God, then implements it, in the latest from Canadian writer Toews (The Flying Troutmans, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE FLYING TROUTMANS by Miriam Toews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Smarter and more thoughtful than its cinematic inspirations."
Emulating the comedic stylings of indie hits like Little Miss Sunshine provides a wealth of material and a breath of fresh air for Canadian novelist Toews (A Boy of Good Breeding, 2006, etc). Read full book review >

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SWING LOW by Miriam Toews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"A powerful portrait of a man who, despite all odds, managed to live a normal life."
A father's suicide sets the stage for this wrenching account of a man's lifelong battle with mental illness, creatively written in his voice, as imagined by his daughter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIRIAM IN THE DESERT by Jacqueline Jules
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"They effectively match the original and simple dialogue-driven text. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Miriam, Moses's sister, is featured in the fourth in Jules's Bible series, offering encouragement and guidance to the Israelites as they continue their seemingly endless thirst- and hunger-filled journey through the desert following their escape from Egypt. Read full book review >

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MIRIAM, EVER WATCHFUL by Ann Letzter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2012

"A well-intentioned but awkwardly executed rendition of a biblical tale."
A retelling of the biblical story of Miriam for young readers. Read full book review >

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MIRIAM THE MEDIUM by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2004

"With a title like this, you get your money's worth."
A gently amusing debut for the Reformed set follows the financial vicissitudes of a psychic in Great Neck, Long Island, struggling to make her calling respectable among the suburban well-heeled. Read full book review >

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Bibi & Babu in Africa by Bonnie  Toews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An approachable grandparent voice guides students interested in African animals, mountain climbing, and travel, with great pictures to match. "
Recalling their trip to Tanzania, two grandparents offer photos and a collection of facts about animals on safari, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and the plight of Tanzanian orphans. Read full book review >

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JACOB'S LITTLE SISTER by Miriam Cohen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"The sweet sibling relationship and the focus on Daddy as primary caregiver make this one stand out. (Board book. 2-4)"
Big brother Jacob helps Daddy take care of mischievous Little Sister in the newest offering in the Backpack Baby board-book series. Read full book review >

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DEAR PANDA by Miriam Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Latimer's story flirts with fantasy, and while Flo's solution won't help children living in reality, maybe they can use her tale to recall something just as remarkable (though true) to share with their own classes. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The new girl in town worries about making friends at her new school, but a panda from the zoo next door eases her fears. Read full book review >