Search Results: "Sam Halpern"


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A FAR PIECE TO CANAAN by Sam Halpern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2013

"Shades of Homer Hickham and Pat Conroy appear in this surprising debut from a dad who inspired a Twitter frenzy."
Country roads lead a grieving grandfather a long way home in this emotional rural gothic by, of all people, one of Twitter's most popular celebrities. Read full book review >

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HUSH, LITTLE BABY by Shari Halpern
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"The musical score for the melody is included. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Halpern (I Have a Pet!, 1994, etc.) adorns a lullaby favorite with her trademark cut-paper collage illustrations. Read full book review >

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I HAVE A PET! by Shari Halpern
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Pleasant, but lacks imagination. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-6)"
In this simple, informative book about pets, five children introduce their animals to a pet-show judge by telling him a little bit about their pets. Read full book review >

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INTO THE WILD NERD YONDER by Julie Halpern
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Readers will both identify with and like Jessie and will cheer her conversion from meek to outspoken. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Fifteen-year-old Jessie develops the self-confidence to dump her selfish friends and ventures into unfamiliar territory to find new ones in this often hilarious, quirky work of contemporary realism. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF HARD THINGS by Sue Halpern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Carefully crafted and thoughtful, if at times overbearing in telegraphing its messages."
What's more intimate and risky: genuine friendship or romantic love? asks first-novelist/nonfiction author Halpern (Four Wings and a Prayer, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR PARADE by Shari Halpern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Make space in the crowded dino section for this one. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A parade of brilliantly colored prehistoric beasts introduces little ones to the vast variety among the dinosaurs. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

This fat "companion volume" to Halpern's earlier anthology, The Art of the Tale (not reviewed), offers a generous sampling of contemporary short fiction (all 78 contributors were "born after 1937")—though it's perhaps less truly "international" than announced (more than 50 of the stories were written in English). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2007

"An astute look at the mighty vortex of fame, which this author believes will only get more powerful."
NPR commentator Halpern (Braving Home, 2003) investigates the psychological and societal forces behind America's growing addiction to celebrity. Read full book review >

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Released: May 16, 2013

"Endearing thoughts on aging and companionship."
Reflections on a rest home for the elderly. Read full book review >

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29 by Adena Halpern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2010

"A breezy, unremarkable comic romp with a comforting message of self-acceptance, offering a few poignant moments that underscore how far women have come in the past 50 years."
From Halpern (The Ten Best Days of My Life, 2008, etc.), the story of a wealthy Philadelphia widow nostalgic for her youth who finds her wish granted after her 75th birthday. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Aside from the too-anxious-to-eat valorization, fresh as a daisy and sharp as a tack. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Biting wit makes this quest for suburban normalcy in the face of depression and anxiety both laugh-out-loud funny and immensely intelligent. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Halpern ably explores the clashing personalities and worldviews that had physics in churning ferment during the early part of the 20th century."
The history of a grand theory—the theory of everything, aka the unified field theory—that never achieved flight and the two household names that kicked the fledgling theory from the nest before its time. Read full book review >