Search Results: "Tova Leff"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT DID PINNY DO? by Nechama Sittner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2013

"Pinny is young enough that a haircut can still be fun, and readers will be as delighted as he is. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-6)"
For some people, a haircut qualifies as a rescue mission. Read full book review >

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THE OUTSIDE WORLD by Tova Mirvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2004

"Joyously sweet-natured second outing by Mirvis (The Ladies' Auxiliary, 1999)—and also pointedly insightful about just how complicated it is to lead a religious life."
A novel of Jewish manners makes gefilte fish of any stereotypes readers may have about Orthodox Jews. Read full book review >

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VISIBLE CITY by Tova Mirvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"This dark, witty, if slightly overstructured comedy about deceptive appearances evolves into a moving examination of intimacy's limitations."
Anyone who has spent time in Manhattan or watched Hitchcock's Rear Window will recognize the voyeuristic pleasure that jump-starts Mirvis' (The Outside World, 2004, etc.) third novel, as a bored young mother stands at her apartment window watching across-the-street neighbors in their living room, unaware that the two families' lives will soon intertwine. Read full book review >

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THE JEWISH WAR by Tova Reich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 1995

"An effectively unsettling mix of the satiric and tragic (and conceivably prophetic): Reich has lost none of her bite and insight, and may well have gained a new summit in her literary achievements."
The earthy yet transcendent wit of Reich's previous efforts (Master of the Return, 1988; Mara, 1978) takes a grim, decidedly unfunny twist in this story of zealots and conflict in the heart of Israel. Read full book review >

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THE LADIES' AUXILIARY by Tova Mirvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"An impressive debut, up there on that high middle ground the Victorians made their own."
A debut that details, with wisdom and grace, the inevitable tensions between the comfort of community and the need for individual freedom, as a young widow and convert moves into a close-knit Orthodox Jewish neighborhood and becomes an unwitting catalyst for change. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"However, at the point where novelist's fame is secured, Leff abruptly leaves off, compressing the rest of his life into an afterword, almost impatient for the author to ride off into immortality. (illustrations not seen)"
Though an entire book could be devoted to Hemingway's ambition or the cultivation of his popular persona, Leff's truncated work is too much a biographical recap. ``I want, like hell, to get published,'' the unknown Parisian expatriate confessed to a correspondent in 1923, long before he would become America's greatest authorial personality. Read full book review >

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BETTER HOMES AND HUSBANDS by Valerie Ann Leff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Very nicely done: Leff writes with an insider's eye and a light, understated style perfectly suited to her subjects."
Debut about the interconnected lives of the residents and employees of a Park Avenue apartment house from the early 1970s to the turn of the new century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2009

"Pedantic and self-righteous."
Writer canoes in the wake of Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), sees much, expounds a lot, says a little. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"A charming, delicate meditation on the meaning of life."
In this quiet but moving debut, essayist Bailey chronicles a year during which her fascination with the simple life of a snail kept isolation at bay and gave purpose to her life. Read full book review >

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MY HOLOCAUST by Tova Reich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2007

"An exceptionally sacred cow is slaughtered by a clever but monotonous barrage of words."
A harshly provocative satire on the commodification of the Holocaust and competition for greater victimhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF SEPARATION by Tova Mirvis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A thoughtful, courageous memoir of family, religion, and self-discovery."
A novelist's account of how she broke away from Orthodox Judaism to make a new life in the secular world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Great for families to share and read aloud. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
A group of six children introduces Hanukkah by each stating his or her favorite part or activity for the celebration. Read full book review >