Search Results: "Terese Edelstein"


BOOK REVIEW

KIPLING’S CHOICE by Geert Spillebeen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 30, 2005

"This powerful anti-war novel, made even more powerful by its roots in a famous author's real life and his evolution from war zealot to embittered, broken father, deserves a place beside All Quiet on the Western Front. (epilogue, bibliography) (Fiction. 12+)"
"John Kipling was just one small officer in the Great War," the war to end all wars. Read full book review >

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AGE 14 by Geert Spillebeen
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Translated from Dutch, this riveting Belgian novel—based on a true story—reminds readers of the world's many child soldiers as it sledgehammers the notion of glorifying war. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
Patrick Condon longs to be a soldier. Read full book review >

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THE KEY IS LOST by Ida Vos
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"This is a compelling tale, interestingly told, and will be a useful addition to the growing body of children's literature about the Holocaust. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Although this new Holocaust survivor novel tells much the same story as some of the other books about a family's trials during WWII, the style is slightly different. Read full book review >

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ANNA IS STILL HERE by Ida Vos
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Still, a compelling book, even stronger than its fine predecessor. (Fiction. 8-14)"
The author of the autobiographical novel Hide and Seek (1991), based on her own WW II experiences, again uses linked vignettes to evoke the painful difficulties, after the war, of resuming a normal life. Read full book review >

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DANCING ON THE BRIDGE OF AVIGNON by Ida Vos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"As the senseless restrictions continue to rain down on the family, some sort of terrible duet emerges, of the small insults of childhood against the enormous backdrop of war. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Rosa, who is Jewish, and her family live in Holland during the Nazi occupation, trying to carry on as normally as possible while friends disappear and evermore restrictions are imposed on them. Read full book review >

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CANNIBAL by Terese Svoboda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 1995

"Sharp-boned writing that echoes for hours, but sometimes its message is confused."
A moving, albeit flawed, debut: the odyssey of a young woman searching for her identity on the plains of Africa. Read full book review >

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TIN GOD by Terese Svoboda
Released: March 16, 2006

"Exasperating."
Unsatisfying and opaque novella from poet and writer Svoboda (Trailer Girl, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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TRAILER GIRL by Terese Svoboda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Ambitious writing, but, for the reader, more effortful than rewarding."
From poet and writer Svoboda (A Drink Called Paradise, 1999), a novella and 14 small and usually gnomic stories in a collection that has some moments of allure but puzzles and poses more than it stirs. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"An awkwardly self-conscious but affecting blend of history and memoir."
Poet and novelist Svoboda (Tin God, 2006, etc.) chronicles her uncle's odyssey in occupied Japan and unearths some troubling truths about the U.S. military. Read full book review >

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LIFESAVING FOR BEGINNERS by Anne  Edelstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A poignantly candid memoir about navigating the often rocky shores of family."
A former editor and literary agent tells the story of how her mother's unexpected death forced her to come to terms with a tragic family past. Read full book review >

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A DRINK CALLED PARADISE by Terese Svoboda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Svoboda writes in a meditative style that seems incapable of containing a narrative, much less relating it."
Poet and novelist Svoboda (Cannibal, 1995) offers an oddly disjointed account of a young woman stranded on a tiny Pacific island recently contaminated by radioactive fallout. Read full book review >

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ANYTHING THAT BURNS YOU by Terese Svoboda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A revealing, though at times overly detailed, portrait."
A passionate defender of the poor and oppressed receives a full-length biography. Read full book review >