Search Results: "Valerie Zakovitch"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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CAROLINA CROW GIRL by Valerie Hobbs
Released: March 19, 1999

"It's an unusual story, with interesting characters and a strong plot, and it's fair to say that Crow steals the show, teaching Carolina how to accept change and to fly in spite of it. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Carolina's life is not a perfect one, but she's content. Read full book review >

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STEFAN’S STORY by Valerie Hobbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2003

"Hobbs raises interesting issues regarding Stefan's disability, but even the Zach subplot can't jumpstart this one. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Stefan Crouch, 13 and an amateur naturalist, journeys to Oregon to visit his best friend Carolina, whom he has not seen for two years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 5, 1993

"A serious effort that commands attention when the poor speak for themselves but that loses its power when the professor lectures."
What life is like for single mothers and their children living in poverty in America today—and why it need not be that way. Read full book review >

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SEVEN LOVES by Valerie Trueblood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2006

"A masterful work—its emotional range and the poetry of its language evoke Virginia Woolf, and its attention to detail will remind readers of Anita Brookner's work."
Unconventionally structured debut novel about a conventional, but moving, life. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 9, 1996

"Despite the occasional overuse of recovery jargon, this is a vivid account of love and forgiveness in a marriage."
This ably written memoir by writer and magazine editor Monroe (Ms., Mirabella) details her struggle to cope with her husband Keith's drug addiction. Read full book review >