Search Results: "Naomi Ragen"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TENTH SONG by Naomi Ragen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A page-turner illustrating the horrifying consequences of becoming embroiled in the American legal system, slowed by far too many weighty passages of authorial comment about the sad state of morals today."
An upper-middle-class Jewish family is thrown into turmoil when a father is accused of abetting terrorism. Read full book review >

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THE COVENANT by Naomi Ragen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"No perfect ending, but enough redemption and hope make this a quiet celebration of survival."
Bonds forged in Auschwitz help a young mother caught in the Intifada to survive—in a scrupulously fair-minded and riveting tale of current Israel. Read full book review >

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CHAINS AROUND THE GRASS by Naomi Ragen
Released: Jan. 28, 2002

"More a detailed portrait than a riveting tale of a family caught in the undertow of a fatal obsession."
The fifth from American-born Ragen (The Ghost of Hannah Mendes, 1998, etc.), a resident of Israel for the past 30 years, draws on her childhood to tell the poignant story of Sara, a young girl who also grew up in low-income housing in New York City. Read full book review >

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THE SISTERS WEISS by Naomi Ragen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Of the complexities embraced in this intergenerational drama, some are harsh and difficult to relate to, while others are universal. The book is unflinching and surprisingly suspenseful."
Ragen (The Tenth Song, 2010, etc.) sensitively explores the repercussions in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family when one of its members leaves the fold. Read full book review >

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THE SATURDAY WIFE by Naomi Ragen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Revealing, if long-winded, examination of contemporary Orthodox Judaism."
Conniving rebbitzin topples a wealthy Jewish community. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST OF HANNAH MENDES by Naomi Ragen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 1998

"A glossy celebration of culture and family, inevitably a tad schmaltzy but, like Ragen's previous work, an agreeable enough read."
A 16th-century ghost helps her present-day descendant preserve the past, in a story by American-Israeli Ragen (The Sacrifice of Tamar, 1994, etc.) that's as much a heartfelt plea for continuity as a family saga. Read full book review >

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THE SACRIFICE OF TAMAR by Naomi Ragen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 1994

"ClichÇ-ridden and predictable, but also strangely affecting. (Author tour)"
Classic urban-Jewish myth replaces Bible stories in this latest chaste offering from Ragen (Sotah, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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SOTAH by Naomi Ragen
Released: Oct. 2, 1992

"Philosophy lite."
Love-conquers-all genre takes on deep philosophical questions as Ragen (Jephte's Daughter, 1989) continues her exploration of orthodox Jewish life in this story of a woman accused of adultery- -the sotah. Read full book review >

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TELL IT TO NAOMI by Daniel Ehrenhaft
FICTION
Released: June 8, 2004

"However, hangers-on will definitely relish his easy style, well-conceived characterizations, and Dave's humorous insight and plight as he balances changing friendships, first love, and his notorious, new-found alter-ego. (Fiction. YA)"
Sophomore scrub Dave Rosen falls head over heels for bohemian senior Celeste Fanucci at first sight. Read full book review >

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NAOMI KNOWS IT'S SPRINGTIME by Virginia L. Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 1993

"Nice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The prolific Kroll's litany of the signs of spring—with most of the lines that caption the double-spread illustrations beginning with the title—is lyrical (``...when the air stops nipping her nose and chin and kisses her cheeks instead...when her [tire] swing holds her in a safe, round hug and she sails and spins in a whirling twirl''), but it's just another evocation of the changing seasons—until, at the end, Naomi overhears a neighbor: ``If only Naomi could see the blue in the sky.'' For the first time, readers are clued into the fact that Naomi's blind. Read full book review >

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Naomi and Her Friends by Alan Morrison-Topping
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 8, 2011

"An evocative, slow-moving whodunit with seductive mythological overtones."
In Morrison-Topping's debut mystery, a grieving, unstable English accountant struggles to solve a murder—and find love again. Read full book review >

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LITTLE NAOMI, LITTLE CHICK by Avirama Golan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"The true essence of a picture book: a unique balance of visual and written narrative sure to enchant young and old alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A delightful depiction of the parallel lives of a young girl and a tiny chick from dawn to dusk. Read full book review >