Search Results: "Nathan Englander"


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FOR THE RELIEF OF UNBEARABLE URGES by Nathan Englander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"An exemplary fusion of what T.S. Eliot called 'Tradition and the Individual Talent,' and a truly remarkable debut."
A debut collection of nine stories that explore the condition of being Jewish with an often hallucinatory, epigrammatic eloquence that is, as advertised, reminiscent of the fiction of Isaac Singer, Saul Bellow, and especially Bernard Malamud. Read full book review >

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DINNER AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH by Nathan Englander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An uneasy blend of political intrigue, absurdity, and romance struggles to establish a steady, never mind believable, tone."
A prisoner is held for more than a decade in the Israeli desert while, elsewhere, a general in a coma hallucinates about his past life and a young man works to fund the Palestinian resistance. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 15, 2012

"The author at his best."
Parables of emotional complexity and moral ambiguity, with lessons that are neither easy nor obvious, by a short-story master (For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE MINISTRY OF SPECIAL CASES by Nathan Englander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"A political novel anchored, unforgettably, in the realm of the personal. Englander's story collection promised a brilliant future, and that promise is here fulfilled beyond all expectations."
The fate of Argentina's Jews during the 1976-83 "Dirty War" is depicted with blistering emotional intensity in this stark first novel from the author of the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges (1999). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A well-made, evenhanded, sometimes cautionary story of business, told with the affection and exasperation of an insider."
Everyone's a wiener in this frank account by a scion of hot dog nobility. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2008

"Phelps provides useful perspective on 18th-century mores that made spies like Hale initially reviled by both sides, but his narrative could use more depth."
A new look at the Connecticut preacher's son who became an icon of patriotic sacrifice. Read full book review >

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FIREFLIES FOR NATHAN by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A lyrical story that captures the feeling of childhood summers. (Picture book. 4+)"
When six-year old Nathan goes to visit his grandparents in the country, he wants to know what his father was like as a six-year- old boy. Read full book review >

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NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST by Jack Hurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 1993

"Since Richard Ellmann is dead and Walter Jackson Bate is retired, how about it, Stephen Sears?"
The Confederate cavalry commander, as conspicuous for his racism as for his military prowess, receives a biography that emphasizes his reprehensible exploits as slave trader and founding father of the Ku Klux Klan. Read full book review >

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NATHAN CROSBY’S FAN MAIL by M.S. Power
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"An entertaining visit to Dick Francis-land that runs the master a highly respectable second."
The plot of a fictional murder mystery comes unnervingly to life in a cleverly plotted tale with equestrian connections that falters only in the home stretch. Read full book review >

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NATHAN BOONE AND THE AMERICAN FRONTIER by R. Douglas Hurt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"The result is a book of only modest interest to students of frontier and US military history. (20 illustrations, not seen)"
A by-the-numbers biography of a minor figure in the history of the American West. Read full book review >

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SUDDENLY, A KNOCK ON THE DOOR by Etgar Keret
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2012

"More like bits and sketches than stories, from a writer who is often very funny and inventive, and occasionally profound."
Stories about storytelling from a young Israeli author. Read full book review >