Search Results: "Ross Benjamin"


BOOK REVIEW

YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT by Daniel Kehlmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A book to keep you up at night."
A beautifully crafted exercise in terror from one of Germany's most celebrated contemporary authors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INDIGO by Clemens J. Setz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"It's inevitable that Setz will be compared to Thomas Pychon, for his narrative has a similar complexity, nuance and, yes, even paranoia."
The title doesn't refer to the Indigo Girls, Mood Indigo or indigo buntings but rather to a bizarre childhood disease that causes dizziness and nausea in anyone who approaches the infected children.Read full book review >

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THE CUSANUS GAME by Wolfgang Jeschke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A remarkable and utterly convincing work whose construction mirrors and illustrates the concepts it so meticulously and logically develops out of respectable scientific ideas."
First novel to appear in English translation from Czech-born German writer/editor/publisher Jeschke since The Last Day of Creation (1984). Read full book review >

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FUNERAL FOR A DOG by Thomas Pletzinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2011

"The story often meanders and can be somewhat frustrating, but those who make it to the end of this eccentric tale will have enjoyed an undeniably uncommon journey. Pletzinger is a unique young voice emerging from the hotbed of the German literary scene."
All narrators are unreliable in this bewildering fencing match between a children's-book author and a cultural anthropologist-turned-journalist. Read full book review >

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AND THEN LIFE HAPPENS by Auma Obama
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"Another treatment of the extended Obama family that enlightens and deepens the public's understanding of the president."
A burnished look at a difficult, ruptured childhood in Kenya by the president's half sister, older by one year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 2010

"An important, disheartening account of widespread willful ignorance."
The engrossing, infuriating history of American pollution. Read full book review >

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THE BEAR'S SONG by Benjamin Chaud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"This extraordinary picture book, first published in France as Une chanson d'ours (2011), is as happy a surprise as finding a honey-filled hive at the end of a fur-raising journey. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Hibernation is for grown-ups—Little Bear has adventure on his mind. Read full book review >

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CHERRY AND OLIVE by Benjamin Lacombe
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Told and illustrated in a restrained way, the episode may make heartening reading for sensitive children. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Shy, chubby bookworm that she is, Cherry leads a lonely existence until she meets a mournful-looking Shar Pei in her father's animal shelter. Read full book review >

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DRAT THAT CAT! by Tony  Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A must for any child with a cat in the family. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When it comes to mischief, no pet can top a pampered cat. Read full book review >

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BAD BABY by Ross MacDonald
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A new and very funny take on a perennially relevant subject. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Jack, hero of Another Perfect Day (2002), is back, but something's missing. Read full book review >

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GERMS by Ross Collins
by Ross Collins, illustrated by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2004

"The premise of a good-hearted chicken-pox germ that can choose to work against illness doesn't make sense and belies the implied science education, but well-designed pictures provide cartoony amusement for the snot-loving crowd. (fact file) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sweet, eagerly gross illustrations improve this tale that's unsure whether it wants to be partly educational or just goofy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LILY AND THE PRESENT by Christine Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Again, Ross's color-pencil art is humorous and appealing, though much of the delicate detail will be lost in group sharing. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Lily's new brother ``came into the world with nothing,'' and Lily would like to get something ``big and bright and beautiful'' to supplement his other, boring presents. Read full book review >