Search Results: "Muriel Harris Weinstein"


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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 21, 2010

"Illustrations not seen. (afterword, references) (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Weinstein, author of the lighthearted picture book When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (2008), lofts another tribute, this time in short chapters. Read full book review >

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WHEN LOUIS ARMSTRONG TAUGHT ME SCAT by Muriel Harris Weinstein
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Jazz scholars might disagree. (biographical note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
This ebullient tribute to Armstrong as scat innovator opens with a girl and her mom dancing to Satchmo's scatting on the radio. Read full book review >

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APPRENTICE TO THE FLOWER POET Z. by Debra Weinstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2004

"Only a poet could write so viciously yet adoringly (and, often, insightfully) about poetry. But only a poet, too, will have patience for Weinstein's onslaught of wordplay and purposely bad verse."
A poet and first-novelist brutally satirizes the poetry establishment, following a scholarship student through a New York university's writing program in the 1980s. Read full book review >

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SLIDING INTO THE NEW YEAR by Dori Weinstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Intended as the first in a series; more adventures of YaYa and YoYo will be most welcome. (Fiction. 8-12)"
YaYa and YoYo are twins whose nicknames are based on their Hebrew names. Read full book review >

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RUBY WIZARDRY by Eric Weinstein
Released: April 1, 2015

"An enjoyable book that can turn any kid (or adult!) into a programming wizard. (index) (Nonfiction/fantasy. 10 & up)"
An introductory programming guide is structured around a whimsical original fairy tale in a land run on the Ruby programming language. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Max Weinreich's classic History of the Yiddish Language first appeared 21 years ago, so the time is definitely ripe for a cogent new interpretation. This isn't it."
Filmmaker/journalist Weinstein's first book is an ambitious but disappointing treatise on the "nation" that existed only as a language. Read full book review >

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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC by Muriel Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 1997

"By contrast, Spark's earlier tales included here are pointed, disturbing, and distinctly original."
Spark's shrewd publishers simply add ten new stories—roughly 60 pages—to her last Collected volume of 1985, with the new work including mostly short, clever bits and bagatelles, a grab-bag of tales seemingly occasioned, more often than not, by a word or phrase. ``The Things About Police Stations,'' for example, spins a little nightmare from the phrase ``unspeakable crimes.'' And ``The Quest for Lavishes Ghast'' chronicles a history of mishearing. Read full book review >

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THE TRICKSTER by Muriel Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"May she instead avoid the bear trap clichÇs of genre fiction and go mainstream."
Intolerance and archetypal horror entwine like snakes in this gripper set in the Canadian Rockies: a first from Scottish TV broadcaster Gray. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 17, 1961

"With the past record, the publisher's big push, and The New Yorker advance showing, this stands on its own."
An attention-getting writer (novels, Memento Mori. Read full book review >

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AIDING AND ABETTING by Muriel Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2001

"Quick, incisive, often entertaining, sometimes mysterious, at a moment or two compelling, but overall and generally, slight. Yet, from this venerable author, even slight is still Sparkian."
With her usual and famous narrative economies—though without the deeper energies she's created in other of her books—Dame Muriel weaves her own fabric out of the real-life bits and threads left by the vile Lord Lucan. Read full book review >

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LOITERING WITH INTENT by Muriel Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2001

"In this 'grand, elusive little entertainment,' we spotted 'eccentric comedy on the surface and serious literary matters scurrying around below.'"
Though first published only 20 years ago, Spark's offbeat fiction certainly deserves a place in the publisher's line of contemporary classics. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"From familiar works to those not so well-known, Weinstein expertly extracts their timeless lessons."
Weinstein (Comparative Literature/Brown Univ.; Northern Arts: The Breakthrough of Scandinavian Literature and Art, from Ibsen to Bergman, 2008, etc.) eloquently mines the literary canon for rites-of-passage stories. Read full book review >