Search Results: "Thane Gustafson"


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Thane by Travis Daniel Bow
Released: June 1, 2014

"An adventure fantasy held together by a complex, compelling protagonist."
Bow's terrific debut YA novel takes readers into an action-packed fantasy world. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A useful, readable primer in a specialized but strategically important corner of geopolitics."
Peak oil's not just a capitalist conspiracy, and Vladimir Putin is vexed and peeved. Read full book review >

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EDDIE by Scott Gustafson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"An inventive if not quite convincing introduction to the master of the macabre. (Historical mystery. 8-12)"
Accused of having stuffed a cat and a rooster into his pillowcase and hung it on a neighbor's weathervane, young Eddie Poe has only 24 hours to find the actual culprit before being thrashed by his adoptive father. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2012

"Recommended for an informed, general audience intrigued by but perhaps just beginning to explore sustainability."
Amid numerous stories about the industrial-food complex and its pitfalls, freelance writer and change.org blogger Gustafson seeks examples of what "a better food system" would resemble, traveling across America to find alternatives. Read full book review >

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THE GOLEMS OF GOTHAM by Thane Rosenbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2002

"Rosenbaum has high ambitions, but here he disorients with a kind of jokey hilarity that disrupts his philosophical asides, rendering The Golems of Gotham an unstable mix of camp and earnestness."
Rosenbaum's latest (Second Hand Smoke, 1999, etc.) promises an engagement with the relations between art, suffering, and memory, but delivers Mel Brooks without the rim shots in the tale of a blocked Jewish mystery writer whose daughter resurrects ghosts to release his creativity. Read full book review >

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ELIJAH VISIBLE by Thane Rosenbaum
Released: April 4, 1996

"The best pieces here are quite good indeed, however, and make their author a voice worth hearing."
A first collection from Rosenbaum, a Manhattan lawyer turned writer, draws heavily on the author's memories of growing up as the child of Holocaust survivors. ``The Holocaust,'' Rosenbaum writes, ``is the great equalizer of stark interior dramas: Reordering nerves, creating strengths and frailties, transforming individuals into something they would not have otherwise been.'' And those individuals, the ones who survive, will in turn transform those with whom they come in contact, none more so than their children—this is the running theme, the major preoccupation, of these nine stories. Read full book review >

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SECOND HAND SMOKE by Thane Rosenbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 1999

"It's difficult, though, to credit a reconciliation that involves proper breathing techniques, the alignment of chakras, and a great, dewy-eyed group hug around the gravesite of a departed matriarch."
Tikkun literary editor Rosenbaum's debut novel is again, like his earlier collection of stories (Elijah Visible, 1996), an autobiographically influenced account of the burdens shouldered by children of Holocaust survivors. Read full book review >

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PRISONERS OF FLIGHT by Sid Gustafson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"An excruciatingly interior story: plot and activity quickly fade in the face of remembrance, regret, and recrimination in a carefully worked-out narrative that becomes suffocating after a while."
A lugubrious debut about the unhappy fate of four people stranded for the winter in a cabin in backwoods Montana. Read full book review >

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CLASSIC STORYBOOK FABLES by Scott Gustafson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The art may draw more attention than the stories, but it's agreeable fare for sharing on a lap. (source note) (Illustrated folk tales. 5-7)"
Eight familiar tales decked out in sumptuous visual finery. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 31, 2009

"Well-crafted and thought-provoking."
Intriguing examination of the life-and-death difference between morality and ethics. Read full book review >

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PETER PAN by J.M. Barrie
CLASSICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A perfect gift for a family that reads aloud. (Fiction. 5+)"
An unusually large, attractive, unabridged edition with dozens of full-page illustrations and smaller vignettes. Read full book review >

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I CAN DO IT MYSELF! by Dana Regan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2011

"A quick (the read-aloud section clocks in at just under two minutes) but, overall, satisfying read. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
A simple, rhyming text provides readers a glimpse of a confident little girl's routine at home. Read full book review >