Search Results: "Valerie Zakovitch"


BOOK REVIEW

JACOB by Yair Zakovitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Intensely scholarly at times, but also an engaging analysis of one of the Bible's most complex figures."
A professor takes on the troubling story of Jacob, a deeply flawed man who later earned punishment, redemption and a unique and honored place in Jewish history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"Not for general readers, but an illuminating, challenging look at the original significance of many of the Bible's stories."
A meticulously researched primer on the Hebrew Bible's role as part of an evolving theological and political discourse. Read full book review >

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VALERIE SOLANAS by Breanne Fahs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"As Fahs portrays her, Solanas emerges less as 'a woman who detected a spirit of collective anguish' than as a woman destroyed by her own overpowering demons."
A sympathetic biography of a troubled and troubling woman. Read full book review >

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VALERIE AND THE SILVER PEAR by Benjamin Darling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A warm, rather long realistic story, affectionately illustrated in watercolor and color pencil; a tasty-sounding recipe for pear pie is included. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-9)"
While Valerie helps Grandpa harvest his pears and make them into pies, as Grandma used to, he holds her interest with tales of the silver pear they're sure to find among the others—just as he and Grandma did each year. Read full book review >

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MORDANT'S WISH by Valerie Coursen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Those old enough to know the meaning of Mordant's name may wonder if his wish for a friend is, after all, mere sarcasm. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Mordant the Mole wishes for a friend and gets one in this greeting-card-pretty picture book. Read full book review >

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SCARECROW! by Valerie Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not as well crafted and informative as Giblin's The Scarecrow Book (1980, o.p.), but a useful visual resource. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A survey of devices (including real people) that have been used to scare away birds (and some other pests): The book's a little repetitious and miscellaneous and not very well organized, but does include a substantial array of interesting facts about ``homemade figures...used around the world to protect precious crops for over three thousand years.'' Best are the detailed crosshatched drawings and more formal paintings depicting a great variety of these appealing or scary figures. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 2004

"One of the weirder eyewitness accounts, but an invaluable record for literary scholars."
Papa's late-life amanuensis, who after his death married his troubled youngest son, looks back more than 40 years to record frankly and without axes to grind the antics of a larger-than-life and truly bizarre clan. Read full book review >

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NEVER TRUST A PIRATE  by Valerie Bowman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Thrilling, delicious, and suspenseful."
Two rogues in disguise are bested at their own game after meeting—and falling in love. Read full book review >

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IT'S HARD NOT TO HATE YOU by Valerie Frankel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"With humor, Frankel shrewdly probes her darkly shallow places."
Prolific chick-lit novelist and funny girl Frankel (Thin Is the New Happy: A Memoir, 2008, etc.) dishes about what there is to love about hatred. Read full book review >

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THE GLORY WIND by Valerie Sherrard
CLASSICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"This haunting depiction of small-mindedness will leave readers wondering, as Luke comes to, about Gracie's true nature: heavenly child—or angel? (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
Set on the Canadian prairie, as was Tumbleweed Skies (2009), Sherrard's latest movingly documents 11-year-old Luke's coming of age in 1946 as he comes to deeply love his new neighbor, Gracie, also 11. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2008

Many of her peers and relations no doubt would have referred to Electra Havemeyer Webb as a woman "with more money than sense." Read full book review >

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TRESPASS by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"A brilliant must-read from Martin (The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories, 2006, etc.), who captures the zeitgeist of contemporary America within a deeply personal context."
What seems at first a tightly focused domestic drama about a middle-aged couple's reaction to their son's new girlfriend broadens onto a large socio-political canvas as liberal values run smack into fear of foreign invasiveness. Read full book review >