Search Results: "Wendy Wasserstein"


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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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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ELEMENTS OF STYLE by Wendy Wasserstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2006

"This will not be remembered as an important part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's oeuvre."
In her first and only novel, the recently deceased Wasserstein (Shiksa Goddess, 2001, etc.) chronicles the lives, loves and sartorial choices of Manhattan's moneyed class. Read full book review >

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SHIKSA GODDESS by Wendy Wasserstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 2001

"For the Wasserstein fan who remembers reading something of hers somewhere sometime and wants to rediscover it—others will wonder what all the fuss is about. Skip to the end."
A scattered collection of 25 personal, mostly pithy magazine and newspaper pieces from the Pulitzer-winning playwright, with a couple of moving, deeply meditative entries for added heft. 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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PAMELA'S FIRST MUSICAL by Wendy Wasserstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 1996

"Okay, so not all readers get to live at the Plaza with Eloise, either—this isn't a smash hit, but it is worth a visit. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Playwright Wasserstein's first book for children pays homage to the theatre and all the people involved, in this tribute to another age, when the musical was king. 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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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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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 1999

"Colorful material richly researched, but weak in narrative flow. (photos, not seen)"
Well-written, well-researched, but ultimately flat look at the covert (and not so covert) activities of the various Axis and Allied powers in Shanghai during WWII, by a dean and chairman of the history department at Brandeis (Vanishing Diaspora: The Jews in Europe Since 1945, 1996). Read full book review >

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THE AMBIGUITY OF VIRTUE by Bernard Wasserstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2014

"A scholarly, thoroughly documented work that elucidates historical issues and explores moral ones."
Was she a heroine or collaborator, a saint or sinner? How should we view Gertrude van Tijn (1891-1974), a woman tasked with saving Jews from the Nazi's gas chambers? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 1998

"Nevertheless, Wasserstein's effort is informative and entertaining. (Radio satellite tour)"
Everything you could ever want to know about big business deals (as long as you don't want to think too deeply about them). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2012

"A wide-ranging, marvelously complete overview of a diverse, teeming civilization poised for ruin."
A bright, hard glimpse at the final thriving days of European Jewry and the first edges of its unraveling. Read full book review >