Search Results: "Vaddey Ratner"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2012

"Often lyrical, sometimes a bit ponderous: a painful, personal record of Cambodia's holocaust."
Ratner's avowedly autobiographical first novel describes her family's travails during the genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the late 1970s. Read full book review >

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MUSIC OF THE GHOSTS by Vaddey Ratner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Lush with tropical heat and heated emotions, this is no easy read but impossible to put down."
Ratner (In the Shadow of the Banyon, 2012), a survivor of the Khmer Rouge years in Cambodia, has written a novel-length smot, a form of "poetry sung in honor of loved ones, living or dead." Read full book review >

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IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING by Austin Ratner
Released: March 12, 2013

"This could be a family epic crudely whittled down or a sketch of one. Either way, this book doesn't match its ambition."
Two generations of men tussle with love, medicine and fatherhood in this rambling follow-up to Ratner's 2009 debut, The Jump Artist. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A fine personal narrative, but readers will likely want more practical parenting tips."
Ratner look at issues regarding advertising and children in this memoir and parenting-advice book. Read full book review >

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THE LION'S SHARE by Rochelle Ratner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"More sketch than portrait."
A second novel from poet and American Book Review editor Ratner (Bobby's Girl, 1986), whose heroine's struggle for normalcy and fulfillment, while most admirable, packs as about as much punch as the stuffed animals she collects. Read full book review >

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BEARING LIFE by Rochelle Ratner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 15, 2000

"An intricate and important anthology, ultimately using childlessness to develop a study of art, female identity, and self-understanding."
Over 50 women contribute to this engaging collection of essays, fiction, and poetry exploring childlessness. Read full book review >

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Captain Mullet and the Compass Rose by Joel M. Ratner
Released: July 18, 2011

"Slow, charming and delightful, this coastal novel makes for a great summer read."
In Ratner's debutnovel, set in a small town in Florida, Capt. Henry Selmer has a simple life and aims to keep it that way. Read full book review >

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THE PASSOVER ZOO SEDER by S. Daniel  Guttman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Crude pen-and-crayon drawings add to the painful absurdity of this telling. (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
How can Passover be celebrated at the zoo when the only Haggadah is too worn to read? Read full book review >

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Climbing Back by Elise Rosenhaupt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 2015

"A well-crafted memoir that creates meaning by drawing medical connections."
In her debut, Rosenhaupt tells stories of her family's neurological emergencies, focusing on her son's recovery after an accident. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"An eye-opening document and an urgent call for accountability."
An edited and annotated version of the controversial United Nations investigation into the recent Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip and reactions by mostly pro-Palestinian observers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"There are no more excuses for cooking phobia."
Former Sacramento Bee food editor Corn (Gooey Desserts) wrote a series for noncooks that led to this snazzy book. Read full book review >