Search Results: "Rochelle Ratner"


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THE LION'S SHARE by Rochelle Ratner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"More sketch than portrait."
A second novel from poet and American Book Review editor Ratner (Bobby's Girl, 1986), whose heroine's struggle for normalcy and fulfillment, while most admirable, packs as about as much punch as the stuffed animals she collects. Read full book review >

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BEARING LIFE by Rochelle Ratner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 15, 2000

"An intricate and important anthology, ultimately using childlessness to develop a study of art, female identity, and self-understanding."
Over 50 women contribute to this engaging collection of essays, fiction, and poetry exploring childlessness. Read full book review >

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THE PASSOVER ZOO SEDER by S. Daniel  Guttman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Crude pen-and-crayon drawings add to the painful absurdity of this telling. (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
How can Passover be celebrated at the zoo when the only Haggadah is too worn to read? Read full book review >

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ROCHELLE AT HOME by Bertha Festge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2017

"An engaging fable that sometimes tries to juggle too many of society's ills."
This debut fantasy finds a village of animals seeking autonomy from corrupting outside forces. Read full book review >

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IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING by Austin Ratner
Released: March 12, 2013

"This could be a family epic crudely whittled down or a sketch of one. Either way, this book doesn't match its ambition."
Two generations of men tussle with love, medicine and fatherhood in this rambling follow-up to Ratner's 2009 debut, The Jump Artist. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A fine personal narrative, but readers will likely want more practical parenting tips."
Ratner look at issues regarding advertising and children in this memoir and parenting-advice book. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS OF SIN by Rochelle Krich
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Jessie's fifth outing (Dead Air, 2000, etc.) mixes an unbelievably naive rabbi trying to treat sociopaths, a double dose of half-hearted misdirection, and a few genuinely peaceful moments when Jessie sits down for some religious introspection."
When wealthy, philandering plastic surgeon Ronald Bushnell is dispatched with a bullet to his head and another to his groin, and two of his staff are murdered almost as afterthoughts—or potential eyewitnesses—L.A. Detective Jessie Drake and her partner Phil Okum find no shortage of suspects. Read full book review >

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FERTILE GROUND by Rochelle Krich
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Krich makes use of the suspense formula to put a hot-button issue—the problems of parenthood in the age of fertility clinics—under the knife."
Murder is the least of the chicanery at an L.A. fertility clinic in this tautly-moving tale. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2012

"Often lyrical, sometimes a bit ponderous: a painful, personal record of Cambodia's holocaust."
Ratner's avowedly autobiographical first novel describes her family's travails during the genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the late 1970s. Read full book review >

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Captain Mullet and the Compass Rose by Joel M. Ratner
Released: July 18, 2011

"Slow, charming and delightful, this coastal novel makes for a great summer read."
In Ratner's debutnovel, set in a small town in Florida, Capt. Henry Selmer has a simple life and aims to keep it that way. Read full book review >