Search Results: "Ruth Behar"


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TRAVELING HEAVY by Ruth Behar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2013

"A heartfelt witness to the changing political and emotional landscape of the Cuban-American experience."
A Cuban-born academic re-creates a moving emotional journey from Cuba to America. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 1997

"Ultimately, Behar's writings here are more personal essay than anthropological study, failing to clarify the application of her notion of anthropology that breaks your heart."
These readable, insightful essays are linked by the tension between the traditional academic view of anthropology as objective science and accomplished anthropologist Behar's (Univ. of Michigan) desire to admit the subjectivity, or ``vulnerability,'' that often plays a role in the work. Read full book review >

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LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A poignant and relevant retelling of a child immigrant's struggle to recover from an accident and feel at home in America. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
In the 1960s, Ruthie Mizrahi, a young Jewish Cuban immigrant to New York City, spends nearly a year observing her family and friends from her bed. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 1993

"Behar's self-involved scrutiny of her own career path and privilege ultimately annoy, undercutting the primacy of Esperanza's words and life. (Photos.)"
Drawing on taped interviews, Behar (Anthropology/Univ. of Michigan) lets ``Esperanza''—a Mexican village peddler—tell her life story. Read full book review >

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NOT TOO SHABBY by Ken Behar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2014

"A poignant, delightful take on morality, friendship, growing older and the legal profession."
In this exquisitely stripped-down novel from Massachusetts attorney Behar (Hoops, 2002), a group of six over-the-hill lawyers swaps case stories over breakfast at the titular greasy spoon. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS CAN ONLY GO STRAIGHT by Ken Behar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2016

"Strong, wide-ranging tales that more than fulfill the promise of the author's first book."
In the year 2000, as the millennium shifts, the characters in these 11 short stories shift their own perceptions by connecting with others. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 1992

"Special Jury Prize for Sheer Amusement. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
A must-buy book for first-timers bound for the male-dominated Cannes Film Festival, by two old-timers who began as observers 15 years ago and now have decided to combine their notes and tapes. Read full book review >

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SHEETZUCACAPOOPOO by Joy Behar
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"Next to the exploits of other problem-solving pooches like Clifford or Susan Meddaugh's Martha, Max's new outing merits a quick burial in the backyard. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Setting a new standard for superficiality, this blander-than-bland follow-up to SheetzuCacaPoopoo: My Kind of Dog (2006) sends the perky mixed-breed (part Shih Tzu, part cocker spaniel, part poodle) protagonist to doggy day care, where he organizes the cowed little dogs and then tames the aggressive big dogs with sweet reason. Read full book review >

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RED PANDA'S CANDY APPLES by Ruth Paul
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2014

"The message appears to be the treats are best when shared, which makes Red Panda's attempt at entrepreneurship all the odder. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Who can resist candy apples? Not Red Panda. Read full book review >

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COMING HOME by Greg Ruth
by Greg Ruth, illustrated by Greg Ruth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Though it's on the manipulative side, it should be helpful for children anticipating a parent's return. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A nearly wordless picture book chronicles the wait for reunion after a troop plane lands. Read full book review >

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MONKEY'S FRIENDS by Ruth Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Though pretty and engaging, a miss. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Playful Monkey takes readers on a guessing game through a world of disparate animals. Read full book review >