Search Results: "Wendy Kaminer"


BOOK REVIEW

WENDY by Karen Wallace
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"This tale's not stellar as a stand-alone, but deftly exposes the incestuous darkness that underlies Barrie's original. (Fiction. 12-14)"
What was Wendy Darling's life like before the coming of Peter Pan? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A harsh but well-reasoned examination of the negative effects that various forms of irrational belief have on American society and culture."
A thorough examination of faith-based beliefs, from visitations by angels to abductions by aliens, with a detailed list of the problems these beliefs create in society at large. Read full book review >

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IT'S ALL THE RAGE by Wendy Kaminer
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

In examining the current American obsession with crime and punishment, Kaminer (I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional, 1992, etc.) achieves a difficult feat. Read full book review >

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TRUE LOVE WAITS by Wendy Kaminer
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Despite such rhetorical excesses, Kaminer adds balance, intellectual integrity, and pragmatism to some debates that badly need it."
An acerbic, witty, and common-sensical collection of essays on feminism, crime, and pop psychology. Read full book review >

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FREE FOR ALL by Wendy Kaminer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2002

"As always, Kaminer urges people to think, to get to the nub (she says of Timothy McVeigh's closed-circuit TV execution: 'Public viewing of executions is less important than public scrutiny of capital cases'), to refuse to be treated like children by a government of power seekers."
Kaminer (Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials, 1999, etc.) makes a strong case for the vibrant protection of constitutional liberties, particularly when perceptions of fear have gripped the citizenry. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

Kaminer (A Fearful Freedom, 1990, etc.) examines and deplores the latest manifestations of America's historic obsession with self-help: 12-step recovery movements, confessional talk-shows, pop-psych quick-fix books, New Age philosophy, the men's movement, and contemporary popular religious phenomena, including the evangelical movement and the writings of Rabbi Harold S. Kushner. Read full book review >

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TOMORROW WENDY by Shelley Stoehr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

"Though the cast's adults are negligent or completely clueless, Stoehr gives her young narrator a saving sense of irony, and displays a keen appreciation for love's ambiguities and complexities. (Fiction. 14+)"
A Long Island teenager develops a crush on her boyfriend's twin sister in this steamy tale of emergent sexuality from the author of Wannabe (1997). Read full book review >

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THE WENDY PROJECT by Melissa Jane Osborne
Released: July 18, 2017

"An ethereal and haunting exploration of grief and death. (Graphic fiction. 12-adult)"
In this heart-wrenching graphic novel, a teen girl responsible for her younger brother's death must decide to accept the harsh reality or lose herself in escapist denial. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2011

"Perceptive and empathetic, but also gently unsparing—a superbly nuanced portrait."
From veteran nonfiction author Salamon (Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity on Steroids, 2008, etc.), the authorized biography of the playwright who brought the dreams and disappointments of her generation of women to the American stage. Read full book review >

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WINDY WENDY AND THE SNORING ZZZzzz by Francis Pena
Released: Dec. 13, 2013

"Two intriguing stories that make sense individually but don't quite work when combined into one book."
Peña and Peña, in their debut, introduce readers to Windy Wendy in two children's stories—one a creation myth of the alphabet, the other a suspense tale. Read full book review >

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THE VOYEUR by Michael Moriarty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Genial plugs for Ralph Lauren, Kurt Masur, and the Big Apple—as well as that not-another-Simpson headnote—substitute for any hint of mystery or suspense."
If it weren't for the prefatory disclaimer, you'd swear actor Moriarty's debut novel was an outcropping of the O.J. Simpson case instead of its prophetic hint. Read full book review >

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STARS by Colleen Oakes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Dark, even horrific in its graphic bloodshed and psychological menace; but the nuanced portrayals—of a hero frequently excused by his whimsical glamour and a heroine too often dismissed as girlishly insipid—are riveting. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The fashion for grimdark retellings of childhood classics tackles Peter Pan in the first of a trilogy.Read full book review >