Search Results: "Tom Reiss"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A rarefied, intimate literary study delineating a roiling revolutionary era."
A compelling new work by literary detective Reiss (The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life, 2005) tracks the wildly improbable career of Alexandre Dumas' mixed-race father. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 2005

"Marvelously written, and imbued with scholarly thinking on a forgotten tradition of Jewish-Islamic accord."
The intriguing search for the true identity of a 1930s cult novelist (published here, by Random, in 1971) whose obscure working life was based entirely on escapist subterfuge. Read full book review >

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FÜHRER-EX by Ingo Hasselbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"An ominous look into contemporary German society that reveals a thriving neo-Nazi ideology. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A profoundly disturbing yet ultimately hopeful story of a young man's passage through the heart of darkness. Read full book review >

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THE GLASS HOUSE PEOPLE by Kathryn Reiss
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1992

"Disappointing, but acceptable as popular fiction. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Reiss's first novel, Time Windows (1991), was a well-wrought time fantasy involving a mother thwarted of self-realization, a pattern later revisited on occupants of the same house. Read full book review >

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BLACKTHORN WINTER by Kathryn Reiss
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Although Reiss's repeated message that adoptive families are no less real than biological ones occasionally seems heavy-handed, in general she melds the various elements of her plot skillfully enough to carry readers along smoothly. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Sometimes being pleasant and predictable is a good thing. Read full book review >

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PALE PHOENIX by Kathryn Reiss
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"10-14)it doesn't measure up: no frissons, and not much fun either. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Miranda Browne, of Reiss's well-received Time Windows (1991), gets involved in another supernatural mystery when her mother narrowly avoids injuring a girl who steps directly into their car's path. Read full book review >

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DREADFUL SORRY by Kathryn Reiss
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Still, overall, another fine spellbinder from the author of Time Windows (1991). (Fiction. 12+)"
The old song replays in Molly's head, cropping up too often for coincidence—``You are lost and gone forever,/Dreadful sorry, Clementine.'' Meanwhile, fearful dreams seize her at night and, after she nearly drowns, begin to haunt her as visions by day. Read full book review >

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WILD NIGHTS by Benjamin Reiss
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"A fresh approach to a familiar phenomenon."
A thorough probing into why sleep is such a problem for so many in contemporary society. Read full book review >

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A HIDDEN LIFE by Johanna Reiss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2009

"Readers of this troubling account will be eager to rediscover The Upstairs Room."
The Dutch American author of the young-adult Holocaust novel The Upstairs Room (1972) recounts the unexpected, devastating suicide of her husband. Read full book review >

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WHEN YELLOW LEAVES by James Reiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"When Reiss' novel clicks, it works as both a strange vision of our own world and an evocative landscape unto itself; when it doesn't, the result is flatter and less insightful about the present day."
The protagonist of this satirical and borderline-dystopian novel must navigate familial crises, natural disasters, and the reach of a boorish, omnipresent head of state. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Reiss has reworked material from an earlier paperback series here, and the result, while a bit long, delivers a good dose of shivery entertainment. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Reiss's deliciously creepy tale is a solid addition to the haunted dollhouse genre. Read full book review >

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PAINT BY MAGIC by Kathryn Reiss
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Fans of Reiss's Time Windows (1991) will step right into this 'Time Travel Mystery.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
A palette with daubs of time travel, artists, magic, evil, and possession paints an intriguing mystery. Read full book review >