Search Results: "Naomi Benaron"


BOOK REVIEW

RUNNING THE RIFT by Naomi Benaron
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"The politics will be familiar to those who have followed Africa's crises (or seen Hotel Rwanda), but where Benaron shines is in her tender descriptions of Rwandan's natural beauty and in her creation of Jean Patrick, a hero whose noble innocence and genuine human warmth are impossible not to love."
Benaron's first novel, about a young Rwandan runner whose Olympic ambitions collide with his country's political unrest, is the recipient of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for "fiction that addresses issues of social justice." Read full book review >

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CODE NAME KOMIKO by Naomi Paul
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"This bland techno-thriller has plenty of action but not quite enough style. (Thriller. 13-18)"
A teenage hacktivist and her online comrades encounter danger and betrayal when they begin investigating a fashion mogul's business operations in Hong Kong. Read full book review >

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STEALING FOR A LIVING by Naomi Rand
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 30, 2003

"Though the nominal perps turn out to be nobodies, that's just the point of Rand's sophomore exploration of evil at its most slippery and self-justifying."
It's always something for a working mother in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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BLOOD HINA by Naomi Hirahara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2010

"Aging and financially struggling Mas Arai's fourth case (Snakeskin Shamisen, 2006, etc.) is shaggy but very engaging, written with heart and depth, and starring an Everyman for our time."
Elderly Los Angeles gardener Mas Arai turns unlikely sleuth again to help a friend in distress. Read full book review >

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SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN by Naomi Hirahara
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 25, 2006

"Hirahara's complex and compassionate portrait of a contemporary American subculture enhances her mystery, and vice versa."
Mas Arai's probe of a restaurant murder stretches back 50 years to old secrets. Read full book review >

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OFFSEASON by Naomi Holoch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 1998

"A rather stiff and unconvincing debut: Holoch's lovers never quite come alive or glow as the City of Light does, even in this dark time of year."
A first novel from the editor of the Women on Women series: an earnest tale of doomed lesbian love in a wonderfully rendered out- of-season Paris setting. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 1997

"But the author's alternative to such confusion, an adaptation of Native American initiation rituals, seems unpersuasive and insufficient. (Author tour)"
This luminous personal memoir of a young girl's discovery and embrace of her own sexual desire is somewhat dimmed by the author's intrusive, familiar analysis of this culture's misrepresentation of female sexuality. Read full book review >

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THE CROW'S TALE by Naomi Howarth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A heartfelt debut. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
Colorful and eye-catching artwork accompanies this rhyming story of bravery and kindness. Read full book review >

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THE MATZAH MAN by Naomi Howland
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2002

"Includes a glossary of holiday terms. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The gingerbread boy has appeared as a baby, a man, a pancake, and a Russian bun. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1996

"A perceptive and informative biography. (b&w illustrations, diagrams, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 13+)"
In the Portraits in Science series, an intelligent chronicle of Curie's life, from her struggle to educate herself in Russian-occupied Poland to her successes in France; her pioneering work with her husband; and her troubles and triumphs after his death. Read full book review >

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THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Naomi Rand
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 2001

"Ambitiously scaled and generously plotted, with a combination of roles that demands expert juggling from put-upon Emma—even if Rand seems in the end to throw her densely woven plot away in favor of domestic melodrama."
Responding to her demand that he fly in from the West Coast to Brooklyn, Emma Price's filmmaker husband Will preempts her announcement that, at 40, she's pregnant again with one of his own: The marriage is over. Read full book review >

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IT’S RAINING MEN by Naomi Rand
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 2005

"Amazingly, Emma (Stealing for a Living, 2003, etc.) not only establishes the unexpected connections that solve her juicy if not very mysterious cases, but keeps her sanity and sometimes her good humor."
Emma Price won't have to take any more attitude from her boss and friend Dawn Prescott: The head attorney of the New York Capital Crimes Division has been murdered. Read full book review >