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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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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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 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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CROOKED RIVER by Valerie Geary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A slightly jumbled debut that, while well-written, could have gone places it didn't quite manage to reach."
Two sisters growing up in rural Oregon find their world shaken when they stumble across a dead woman in the river that runs through their father's property. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Provides little insight on how to re-evaluate your self-worth."
A former marketing executive investigates the complex emotional response women have when dealing with success. Read full book review >

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TUMBLEWEED SKIES by Valerie Sherrard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2010

"Quiet moments like that abound and effectively convey a remarkable level of feeling, making this a worthy and moving purchase. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
During an economic downturn in 1954, ten-year-old Ellie's father is forced to leave her for the summer with her maternal grandmother and Uncle Roger, people she's never known. Read full book review >

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HEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL by Valerie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2006

"Disappointing."
Single girl with supernatural powers tries to bewitch Mr. Right. Read full book review >

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THE ACCIDENTAL VIRGIN by Valerie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2003

"Amusing farce, with pearls of urban wisdom and some great zingers, by the author of, among others, Sweet vs. Pretty (not reviewed)."
Hymeneal high-jinks via a former Mademoiselle editor and self-help co-author. Read full book review >