Search Results: "Tama Janowitz"


BOOK REVIEW

PEYTON AMBERG by Tama Janowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Occasional flashes of humor (the honeymoon is a good comic sketch), but overall dreary and joyless: those sexcapades aside, the novel is permeated by a disgust for the body that extends to Peyton suckling her baby."
Still best known for Slaves of New York (1986), Janowitz, in her ninth fiction, details the sexual odyssey of a self-described slut. Read full book review >

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A CERTAIN AGE by Tama Janowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"While Florence's declining fortunes in a crass city are well described, her failure to achieve any wisdom about her life makes it hard to sympathize with her misfortunes."
Vaguely matured author Janowitz (By the Shores of Gitchee Gumee, 1996, etc.) creates a well-rounded, static character, smartly walks her through New York's social paces, and succeeds in creating a fully adequate novel. Read full book review >

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BY THE SHORES OF GITCHEE GUMEE by Tama Janowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Janowitz, in giving us her usual freak show, misses the essential element of satire— credibility. (Author tour)"
A fifth novel from downtown doyenne Janowitz (The Male Cross- Dresser Support Group, 1992, etc.), who seems not to realize that satire, while it may be absurd, must first of all be funny. Read full book review >

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SCREAM by Tama Janowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A tone of whininess undermines the author's sharp perceptions."
Chronicles of fame, mishaps, and assorted grievances. Read full book review >

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AREA CODE 212 by Tama Janowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"How to find pleasure and fault here and there about the city, delineated with a pleasingly naked candor."
From novelist Janowitz (Peyton Amberg, 2003, etc.): an uneven but not unappealing collection of short nonfiction written primarily for magazines. Read full book review >

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THE MALE CROSS-DRESSER SUPPORT GROUP by Tama Janowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Stylistic and grammatical lapses aside, Janowitz commits the greatest sin for a comic novelist—she's just not funny."
Like a few of her once-celebrated contemporaries, Janowitz is proving to be a one-book phenomenon. Read full book review >

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I AM TAMA, LUCKY CAT by Wendy Henrichs
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Superficially attractive but ultimately misses the mark. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
This quiet retelling of a popular legend will have limited appeal. Read full book review >

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Released: March 13, 2012

"No simple coming-out story, this many-layered effort is gritty, warm and ultimately hopeful. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Compassionate, thoughtful and expressive, this New Zealand import traces a Maori teen's journey through friendships, family, work and the realization that he is gay. Read full book review >

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THE DINNER PARTY by Brenda Janowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Despite its rush to the end, this novel delivers poignant universal truths about familial love and conflict in a story that will have readers eagerly turning every delicious page. Thoroughly kosher."
This Passover, Sylvia Gold has only one thing on her mind: how can she impress her youngest daughter Becca's new beau and his family, an old-money banking dynasty that dates back to New York's gilded age? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"More than the average person would ever care to know about signage, but a serviceable history for lighting and marketing buffs nonetheless. (48 b&w photos, not seen)"
A fairly pedantic and at times self-serving walk through the signs of our times. Read full book review >