Search Results: "Tama Wiseman"


BOOK REVIEW

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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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"For seekers of self-betterment, a mostly intriguing new slant to personal transformation."
"The most-followed psychologist on Twitter" re-examines the process of creating personal change and growth. 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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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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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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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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ANOTHER ME by Eva Wiseman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Readers will need the Kleenex for this one. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
The bubonic plague brings added misery and death to European Jews. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"But Charlie and her friends are outspoken and engaging, and the ending, while neither surprising nor original, will satisfy readers who like a tidy finish. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Wiseman has written widely on the social dynamics of teens, most notably in Queen Bees & Wannabes (2002). Read full book review >