Search Results: "Shirley Russak Wachtel"


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MY MOTHER'S SHOES by Shirley Russak Wachtel
Released: Oct. 17, 2011

"An evocative, moveable feast plumbing past and present with equal grace."
Poet and children's author Wachtel views her mother's remarkable life, first recounted in The Story of Blima: A Holocaust Survivor (2005), through a creative new lens. Read full book review >

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THE MUSIC MAKERS by Shirley Russak Wachtel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2014

"A touching study rich with introspection and finely crafted relationships."
In Wachtel's (My Mother's Shoes, 2011, etc.) novel, suffering crosses generations, from a teenager in anguished love to an enfeebled survivor of Auschwitz. Read full book review >

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SHIRLEY by Susan Scarf Merrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2014

"A sidelong portrait of a category-defying writer dovetails surprisingly snugly with the drama of one young woman's coming-of-age."
Fictional newlyweds spend a year living with the author Shirley Jackson in this brooding novel. Read full book review >

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SHIRLEY JACKSON by Ruth Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A consistently interesting biography that deftly captures the many selves and multiple struggles of a true American original."
An engaging, sympathetic portrait of the writer who found the witchery in huswifery. Read full book review >

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A LION NAMED SHIRLEY WILLIAMSON by Bernard Waber
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Humor with bite, as it were, given substance by the playful artwork. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lionness bound for a zoo is dubbed Shirley Williamson due to a bad phone connection. Read full book review >

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SHIRLEY JACKSON'S "THE LOTTERY" by Shirley Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A haunting story of humanity's herd mentality, brilliantly rendered."
A stunning graphic adaptation of a chilling classic. Read full book review >

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WELCOME TO SHIRLEY by Kelly McMasters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2008

"Sincere and expertly researched, but as the story moves away from personal narrative into statistics, history and science lessons, it becomes less compelling."
Powerful though flawed debut explores the author's happy childhood next to a controversial nuclear laboratory that leaked toxic waste into a Long Island aquifer. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 16, 1978

"Sparkling."
Through a bathtub drain astride a rubber duck is an unlikely route to a medieval fantasy—for one thing most children's fantasies about drains are nightmares and for another bathrooms and jousting fields haven't the natural association of the pirate ship and beach in Come Away From the Water, Shirley (1977). Read full book review >

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THE GATES by Chuck Wachtel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A meandering slice of one nice guy's life. (Author tour)"
Wachtel (Joe the Engineer, 1983) invigorates a story of vague angst with a cast of warm characters. Read full book review >

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BECAUSE WE ARE HERE by Chuck Wachtel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Moments of interest, but not much more."
Slices of working-class life from Wachtel (The Gates, 1994; Joe the Engineer, 1983), offered in a strange hodgepodge of stories, vignettes, novellas, and fantasies. Read full book review >

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WHAT HAPPENS TO ME by Chuck Wachtel
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A lucid and careful collection whose charm lies in the modesty of its claims."
Early on in this collection of short fiction and poetry, Wachtel sounds the keynote for what will follow: "What thing is too specific / to sing about or, simply / to recall." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 24, 1999

"Thoughtful and sophisticated reading for anyone with more than a casual interest in race."
Some remedies for a racial stalemate. Read full book review >