Search Results: "Stanley Trachtenberg"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ELEVATOR MAN by Stanley Trachtenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Nathan loves riding in his apartment building's old elevator with the kind Elevator Man, who lets him turn a handle to move the car up and down. Read full book review >

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LINCOLN’S SMILE AND OTHER ENIGMAS by Alan Trachtenberg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"A work that will be best enjoyed by readers eager to read slowly and think deeply."
A collection of the author's essays gathered from his last four decades of ruminating about light and dark, shadow and substance, photographs and films. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"The complex dance of foreign policy and international diplomacy is rarely presented with such clarity."
paper 0-691-00273-8 An impressive account of what really happened during the Cold War. Read full book review >

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SEVEN TATTOOS by Peter Trachtenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 1997

"Beyond the tattoos, there's nothing indelible in this package of angst and sophomoric philosophizing."
A tiresome exercise in self-indulgence posing as a literary memoir, from a winner of the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A detailed but superficial account of a series of events related by an unreliable narrator."
A rambling depiction of a troubled love affair between a couple and their cats. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"An excellent introduction that will lead older children (and adults) to the music. (author's notes, chronology, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
At three, Mozart heard his older sister play the clavier and copied her. Read full book review >

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JOAN OF ARC by Diane Stanley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

From Stanley (Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter, 1997, etc.), a sympathetic biography that is also a straightforward affair, captured in gemlike illustrations that feign a Book of Hours touch—though many are drenched in piety—recounting the story of Joan's life. Read full book review >

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GEORGE MILLS by Stanley Elkin
Released: Oct. 25, 1982

"So, though this 488-page novel is a leaky collection of parts rather than one whole strong book (Elkin is a short-form writer no matter how he's packaged), connoisseurs of comic fiction will consider it required reading: a brilliant set of flags blowing the irrepressible wind of Elkin's fierce, bold comedy."
George Mills, who lives in St. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"An enlightening postmortem on a consequential LBO, which vividly depicts its human and socioeconomic costs. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
A workmanlike account of the selling and salvaging of R.H. Macy's, an American retailing institution. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH WISHES by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A classy retelling of a classic myth highlighting the meaning of real companionship. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this version of the Greek myth Pygmalion, Stanley interprets "notions of perfect beauty and misguided love." Read full book review >

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MONKEY SUNDAY by Sanna Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: April 20, 1998

"It's not much of a story, and the illustrations do not intensify the drama; they are poorly drawn and composed, with skewed perspectives that are artless. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An unusual tale with a small scope, strong on atmosphere, weak in its storytelling and in its illustration. Read full book review >

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RUMPELSTILTSKIN'S DAUGHTER by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Those who like Babette Cole's send- ups will find plenty of giggles in this reworking. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A feminist revision of Rumpelstiltskin, in which the small man and the miller's daughter marry and raise a daughter, Hope, who finds herself in the same room of straw her mother once faced. Read full book review >