Search Results: "Molly Birnbaum"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2011

"A brave, unflagging memoir."
A culinary-minded journalist reckons with the loss of her sense of smell. Read full book review >

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FLORA AND THE FLAMINGO by Molly Idle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Courageous use of white space—several pages contain a solitary waterlily—and a confident animated style are used to good effect in this sweet story of a young girl and her unlikely mentor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Klutzy but endearing Flora (dumpily clad in swimsuit, bathing cap and flippers) and a dancing flamingo are the protagonists of this whimsical, wordless tale, which will have special appeal for budding ballerinas. Read full book review >

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YELLOW BALL by Molly Bang
by Molly Bang, illustrated by Molly Bang
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 1991

"A wonderfully satisfying book. (Picture book. 0-7)"
Captioned with the simplest of texts—just an occasional word or a phrase—a warm picture-story about what happens to a favorite toy: a beach ball as round and yellow as children imagine the sun to be. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Regrettably, although his analyses are long on insight and intelligence, Birnbaum is a dry writer, and much of this important volume, despite its many resonances for America's own multicultural debates, is a hard slog."
While France enters the next millennium as an embattled multicultural society, like much of the rest of the West, Birnbaum (Political Science/the Sorbonne; Anti-Semitism in France, not reviewed) ponders the nation's Jews as a weathervane for social change. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Useful and interesting socialist takes on 20th-century history, but far short of the compelling social prophecy to which it aspires."
An analysis of 20th-century social reform that explores Western history and economics in order to comment on the current state and future prospects of socialism. Read full book review >

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WILD LIFE by Molly Gloss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2000

"Never has there been a more authentic, persuasive, or moving evocation of this elusive legend: a masterpiece."
Cigar-smoking, feminist writer of dime-store adventure novels for women meets Bigfoot in 1905: from the author of The Jump-off Creek (1989) and The Dazzle of Day (1997). Read full book review >

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MY BROTHER MY SISTER by Molly Haskell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2013

"A discerning, vital memoir."
Feminist film critic Haskell (Frankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited, 2009, etc.) delves into the dramatic, deeply personal tale of her brother's transformation, in his early 60s, from a man into a woman. Read full book review >

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STONE GARDEN by Molly Moynahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Second-novelist Moynahan (Parting Is All We Know of Heaven, 1989) has a wonderful ear for how kids talk and think, but her tearjerker with a veiled spiritual message suffers from a surfeit of sensitive and caring characters sharing their earnest, profound thoughts."
A teenaged girl comes to terms with her grief over the random murder of the boy she loves. Read full book review >

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TUESDAY NIGHTS IN 1980 by Molly Prentiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"As affecting as it is absorbing. A thrilling debut."
Prentiss' sweeping debut follows three intertwining lives through the swirling energy, burning excitement, and crushing disappointment of New York City's rapidly shifting art world at the dawn of the 1980s. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 1999

"Curiously involving miniatures of five brave women who confronted, but did not always overcome, rigid social barriers. (5 b&w photos)"
Brief biographies of five Japanese women who challenged national mores and cultural expectations in the years before WWII. Read full book review >

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WORTHY by Lisa Birnbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"An uneven story anchored by a memorable protagonist."
A Florida transplant from Eastern Europe meditates on life and love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 13, 1991

"But, still, a useful and lively introduction to a new generation of Japanese writers."
A collection of short stories, excerpts from novels, and one manga comic from Japan's ``Brat Pack'' that, with one exception, have not previously appeared in the US. Read full book review >