Search Results: "Mordecai-Mark Mac Low"


BOOK REVIEW

INSIDE STARS by Andra Serlin Abramson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A steady look into the high frontier, well above average in both content and design. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
This slender survey of the observable universe spreads itself a little thin but features plenty of foldouts and dramatic sky art. Read full book review >

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MARK SUNDEEN
by Megan Labrise

Writing about the simple life proved anything but for immersive journalist Mark Sundeen.

His original manuscript—an unadorned account of three couples who, in varying ways, have opted out of everyday American consumerism—was accepted and revised when he withdrew it from publisher Riverhead Books.

“I had a close friend read it, call me, and say, I stopped reading at page 175 ...


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MARK HELPRIN
by Rhett Morgan

In both his travels and his writing, novelist Mark Helprin purposefully avoids the well-known icons and emblems associated with Paris, opting instead for everyday suburban streets and lesser-known architectural gems like the Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière. “That’s one of the reasons that Paris is so beautiful,” the author of Paris in the Present Tense points out. “They’ve taken such great ...


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BOOKS TO FALL FOR
by Julie Danielson

I know we haven’t seen Summer picture book releases yet, so forgive me, but I’m looking at my stack of Fall picture book F&Gs and wanting to write a sneak-peek about some books I’m excited to see. F&Gs, for those who may think I’m suddenly and inexplicably cursing (“F&Gs” has always sounded like that to me), are early, pre-bound versions ...


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WHEN CHAOS REIGNS
by Julie Danielson

As I’ve said many times here at Kirkus, I love to follow picture book imports, and one thing I appreciate about them is the amount of chaos they’re willing to let in. If you live in America and primarily write about picture books from this country, as I do, along comes an import, and it’s often an altogether different beast ...


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BOOK REVIEW

OLD PENN STATION by William Low
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Young readers, New York residents or not, will be more likely to look up the next time they're downtown, and to understand that every structure has a unique story. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
In celebration of one of New York City's vanished glories, Low recreates in words and pictures the ornately decorated, girders-and-glass-ceiling wonder that was old Penn Station. Read full book review >

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BLUE MOUNTAIN TROUBLE by Martin Mordecai
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"A gorgeous snapshot of a locale and culture not seen enough in children's books. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Jackson and Pollyread are 11-year-old twins who live in Jamaica's Blue Mountains. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 1992

"Unlike most of Richler, largely for Canadians; for a look at Canada that's more accessible to those south of the border, try Jan Morris's O Canada (p. 307)."
Quebec-born Richler (Solomon Gursky Was Here, 1990, etc.) undertakes a backgrounder to that province's independence movement, with several large flashes of illuminating absurdity about the passionate Quebecois. Read full book review >

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THIS YEAR IN JERUSALEM by Mordecai Richler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"A provocative and highly readable exploration of Israel in the mind of a Jew who has chosen not to live there, of interest primarily to other Jews aware that they have made the same decision."
In parts memoir, travelogue, political treatise, and extended essay on the tangled question of what it means to be a Jew living outside of Israel. Read full book review >

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BARNEY'S VERSION by Mordecai Richler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 1997

"Urbain's Horseman (1971), but it's a pretty decent comic novel nevertheless."
A fair-enough stab at Rothian (or, perhaps more accurately, Bellovian) comic portraiture intermittently enlivens this overlong story of an aging TV producer, lover of women, and possible murderer: the eponymous Barney Panofsky, a kind of lower-case Mickey Sabbath or Augie March. Read full book review >

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MACHINES GO TO WORK IN THE CITY by William Low
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"Young readers who love these powerful machines will find endless fascination here. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Trains, planes, trucks and cranes and the people who make them work keep the city moving. Read full book review >

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MACHINES GO TO WORK by William Low
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Low knows what works for kids who like their machines big and busy. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A fun and feisty tour of big, powerful and fascinating machines; each of them is ready, willing and eager to "go to work." Read full book review >