Search Results: "Robin Stern"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 2011

"The authors note that 'the film…will eventually be housed at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum located at Ground Zero.' A fitting complement to and extension of that film, this thoughtful and uplifting collection will also stand on its own."
Eight individuals and how they rebuilt their lives in the aftermath of 9/11. Read full book review >

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I SAW A BULLFROG by Ellen Stern
ANIMALS
Released: April 22, 2003

"The failure here is not in quality of art, but of imagination; next to Jack Prelutsky's Scranimals, or Sarah Perry's If— (1995), too many of these creations just fall flat. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Stern showcases unusual facility at naturalistic depiction, but like the 11 imaginary animal hybrids that appear here, the result overall is neither fish nor fowl. Read full book review >

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WAY OUT WEST by Jane Stern
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"All in all, then, a lopsided, outdated guide, best suited for those who still think that Custer died with his boots on. (Photographs—200 b&w and 300 color)"
And somewhere out in left field, too: The Sterns' new addition to their popular volumes of Americana (The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, Sixties People, Elvis World, etc.) tackles ``the West of the imagination''—the West mythologized by dime novels, TV, and films; populated by singing cowboys who kiss their horses, Indians who raise their right hands and say ``How,'' and pesky ``critters'' like rattlesnakes and scorpions; and redolent with the scent of hot chili and chicken-fried steak. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN GOURMET by Jane Stern
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

The Sterns (The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, 1990, etc.) step upscale for this treatment of the gourmet quarter-century they place between the first televised cooking show in 1946 and the opening of Alice Waters's Chez Panisse in 1971. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER SONG ABOUT THE KING by Kathryn Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2000

"Middling."
A well-crafted if underplotted debut novel in which a daughter learns to forgive her high-maintenance, Elvis Presley-obsessed mother after a fatal illness brings the two together for those obligatory healing moments. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Stern weaves an intricate and clever web of stories steeped in both sacred and mundane Jewish culture."
"Mischief" is indeed the operative term here, for Stern's characters are subtle, slyly humorous and at times poignant. Read full book review >

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ACCORDING TO A SOURCE by Abby Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"The human side of Hollywood is revealed in Stern's strong debut."
An undercover celebrity reporter discovers there are things more important than the latest exclusive. Read full book review >

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THE LAST HUNT by Horst Stern
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A well-crafted allegory exposing the grimness of real-world economics—as well as a vivid tale, with life in the animal kingdom having far more vitality than the dull, narrow realm of human experience."
A modern-day hunting fable—and US debut for German novelist and journalist Stern—details the degrees of engagement leading to a final confrontation between a long-suffering giant bear and a master of the universe who's busily arranging post-Soviet jump- starts in Eastern Europe economies for the World Bank. Read full book review >

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PACIFIC TREMORS by Richard Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Haphazardly connected on the surface, the story has roots that go deep into family and friendship, finding there all the nourishment they need."
The twilight years of a once-young Turk in Hollywood form the core of the respected Stern's latest (Shares, 1992; a memoir, A Sistermony, 1995; etc.): an assured, affectionate, contemplative story on the end of lives well lived. Read full book review >

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CHANGE OF HEART by Tracy Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Wooden dialogue, dated assumptions, and a host of whopping coincidences leave the reader caring not a whit where that baby goes."
A supposedly modern young woman must choose between single motherhood and a full, happy life in this hopelessly dated and unconvincing melodrama, by the author of the equally dreadful But First for Love (1991) and This I Promise You (1989). Read full book review >

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WHAT I CAN’T BEAR LOSING by Gerald Stern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Yet, with ultimate tenderness, comes the taunting suggestion that we might have been better off in that jittery world poised on the brink of a half-century's Cold War."
National Book Award-winning poet Stern (Last Blue, 2000, etc.) brings the same renowned voice to prose, from a life that began in 1925 in what he recalls as the "Calvinist" Pittsburgh of his immigrant Russian parents. Read full book review >