Search Results: "Nathan Englander"


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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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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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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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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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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 >

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FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1997

Englander interviewed around 40 young women who became pregnant in their teens, featuring ten of them in this informative, disquieting book. Read full book review >

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DRIVE by Nathan Clement
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Indeed, in its strong, steady lines and depiction of a deeply pastoral Midwest, this offering could well be seen as the Great American Truck Book. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Striking graphics accompany a child's narration of a truck-driving dad's day at work, from his departure before dawn to his arrival home at the end of the day. Read full book review >

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NATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Includes source notes, bibliography, index, illustrations not seen. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Unlike doomsayers who paint a stark picture of no-win choices between eating and breathing, Aaseng carefully teases out facts and trends to answer his subtitle's question in the affirmative. Read full book review >

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THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM by Nathan Larson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2011

"When it comes to plotting, film composer Larson is content to follow Raymond Chandler's dictum, 'When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun.' But his dystopia is bound to win fans with strong stomachs."
A nameless investigator dogs New York streets made even meaner by a series of near-future calamities. Read full book review >

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STAR-SPANGLED MEN by Nathan Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Fortunately, even the worst American presidents haven't destroyed the country, making it possible to enjoy this survey of their follies."
A humorous look at the less distinguished former presidents. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"A wild rock 'n' roll ride."
The head writer for the Onion A.V. Club goes native with Phishheads and Juggalos. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 2013

"A random digest of recondite terms that may be inaccessible to most."
Coppedge (The Dimensional Philosopher's Toolkit, 2013) explores obscure notions of psychology in this collection of ruminations. Read full book review >