Search Results: "Sydney Taylor"


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A PAPA LIKE EVERYONE ELSE by Sydney Taylor
Released: Oct. 30, 1966

"Good butter and eggs, not enough yeast."
For immigrants to America, the sadness of farewell preceded the joy of arrival and before the Lower East Side came the village in Eastern Europe. Read full book review >

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Released: May 11, 1978

"A reasonable decision, given her doubts—and a story carefully built on the realities of a warm, supportive home and a rocky show-biz career."
Talented Ella, now 18, has to choose between a tacky vaudeville tour—her lucky break—and handsome, upstanding Jules in this latest expansion of the All-of-a-Kind-Family chronicles (which, in time-sequence, follows Uptown). Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 9, 1972

"The unabashed sentimentality is made disarming as usual by lovingly evoked textures of Lower East Side life (the Hebrew school play, the settlement house party, the Simchas Torah celebration) and sympathetic humor."
Sydney Taylor has not lost her touch for recreating the everyday experiences of an early 1900's Jewish family with uncloying warmth and appealing immediacy. Read full book review >

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DANNY LOVES A HOLIDAY by Sydney Taylor
Released: Dec. 3, 1981

"But, again, the warmth of feeling and the general vitality of the telling will effectively counter the didacticism—for many."
When (most of) these stories of Danny and the Jewish holidays appeared in Highlights for Children in the Fifties, Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family series was almost the only presentation of Jewish family life on library shelves; and to explain the holidays, librarians usually reached for Florence Mary Fitch's all-enlightening One God. Read full book review >

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ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY by Sydney Taylor
Released: June 15, 1951

"Although the author's nostalgia for times past weighs heavily now and then to point the story adultward, this is a honey, gentle book, tailor-made for little girls."
The Charles W. Follett Award series stepped off to a sprightly start last year with Carol Hoff's Johnny Texas and this season's offering again features authentic period and regional flavor plus expansive and attractive format, in a loving family story set in 1912 on the lower East Side of New York City. Read full book review >

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A PLACE IN MIND by Sydney Lea
Released: June 14, 1989

Following two books of poetry, Lea's first novel is a leisurely, evocative study of time, place, and a friendship between two men, set mainly in a remote village in Maine. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A mountain of raw material out of which a useful book could have been shaped."
In her debut, Studs Terkel protÇgÇe Lewis fumbles an attempt to create a portrait of Chicago's Cook County Hospital by recording the voices of its staff and a few patients. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"While his uncompromising views are—and are intended to be—provocative, the author's love of nature and his tender evocation of a way of life that is dying out have appeal."
Now nearing his 70th birthday, Vermont poet laureate Lea (A Hundred Himalayas: Essays on Life and Literature, 2012, etc.) meditates on the role of people and place in his life and pays tribute to the many woodsmen (and women) who were his guides and mentors. Read full book review >

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THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE by Sydney Padua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A prodigious feat of historically based fantasy that engages on a number of levels."
An audaciously imagined alternate history of the invention of the computer—in 19th-century Victorian England. Read full book review >

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MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS by Sydney Salter
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Complex, likable, believable characters and a fresh, appealing fictional voice pull together this very agreeable summer romance. (Fiction. YA)"
In the well-heeled, hardly diverse suburbs of Reno, Nev., Jory Michaels has two big goals for the summer before senior year: to earn enough money to get the petite nose she's always wanted and to lose her virginity. Read full book review >

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WISHING FOR US  by Sydney Landon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A quick, satisfying read."
Lydia Cross wakes up the morning after her best friend's bachelorette party married to Jacob Hay, her very hot boss. When they return home from Vegas, he doesn't seem inclined to end things, but aside from sizzling chemistry, what could she possibly have in common with this near stranger? Read full book review >