Search Results: "Sheila Miyoshi Jager"


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BROTHERS AT WAR by Sheila Miyoshi Jager
NON-FICTION
Released: July 29, 2013

"An authoritative record of the divided Korean peninsula to go alongside Victor Cha's The Impossible State (2012)."
A protracted chronicle of the north-south conflict in Korea and the ultimate yearning for peninsular peace. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 1994

"A joy: like getting a letter from a modern-day Thoreau, one who takes sensual pleasure in writing, and has his feet planted firmly on the soil."
The reclamation of an 18th-century New Hampshire farmstead over the past 25 years provides an enchanting ``natural sequel'' to Eighty Acres, the author's popular 1990 memoir of growing up on a Michigan farm. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Sex, savagery, and high-level political maneuvers energize a splendid piece of popular history. (Illustrations throughout)"
An accusation of rape in 1386 occasions this high-suspense account of a duel to the death sanctioned by the French Parlement and King Charles VI—and attended by thousands of eager spectators. Read full book review >

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BLOOD ROYAL by Eric Jager
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"An impressive combination of mystery, crime story, and social and political history."
Few works of fiction will grab readers' attention as well as Jager's (The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France, 2004) riveting story of a 1407 murder mystery that split the royal family of France. Read full book review >

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WE ALL WORE STARS by Theo Coster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The moving lore around the life of Anne Frank remains inexhaustible and eternal."
A handful of classmates relegated to Amsterdam's Jewish Lyceum during World War II offer poignant, haunting memories of "Annelies." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2014

"A cogent look at the United States from someone who's seen it as an outsider and as an insider."
In his debut, a Dutch immigrant reflects on his decision to permanently relocate his family to the United States and the future of the country he now calls home. Read full book review >

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THE WATCHERS by Tahar Djaout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"No one will miss the message here, but Djaout has also given us a story as steeped in the beauty of North Africa as in the darkness threatening those who call it home."
The first English translation of this 1991 winner of the French Prix Mediterranée, whose author was assassinated in 1993 by Islamic extremists in Algeria, follows publication of Djaout's remarkable The Last Summer of Reason (2001) and further shows the loss literature has sustained. Read full book review >

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THE LAST SUMMER OF REASON by Tahar Djaout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Though these and other bleak reflections on fundamentalist society remain as legacy, the stilling of Djaout's humanist voice is a loss to the larger literary world as much as to his embattled homeland."
Prize-winning novelist and poet Djaout was assassinated in 1993 by Islamic fundamentalists in his native Algeria, leaving this very short novel, a painful rumination on the death of the spirit in a repressive society, among his papers. Read full book review >

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BEBOP-A-DO-WALK! by Sheila Hamanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"As was true in the early works of Ezra Jack Keats, the child-heroes welcome every adventure before them; Hamanaka makes the journey uplifting and the road home safe. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A joy-filled celebration of an exciting and even nurturing urban landscape. Read full book review >

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HERE'S HERMIONE by Sheila Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

This spin-off of the popular Rosy Cole stories stars Rosy's friend Hermione Wong, who is sure that her boring life as a N.Y.C. fifth grader would be fabulous if only she were famous. Read full book review >

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GRANDPARENTS SONG by Sheila Hamanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Like the beautiful child who gracefully combines the sometimes conflicted heritage of her ancestors, this lovely work combines diverse artistic traditions to create a whole that is, like the American family tree, beautiful and strong. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
Stunning illustrations inspired by folk art illuminate Hamanaka's song celebrating the diversity of a young American girl's heritage and her roots in the land. Read full book review >

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ROSY COLE by Sheila Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Readers will connect with Rosy's troubles and share her contentment when she comes out on top once more. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's hard to believe, but Greenwald's Rosy Cole (Rosy Cole: She Walks in Beauty, 1994, etc.) is in eighth grade—``Top of the Heap''—at Miss Read's School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Read full book review >