Search Results: "Wendy Wasserstein"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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: March 15, 1996

"It is likely to be a standard in its field for decades—more time than Wasserstein gives the vanishing diaspora of Europe."
A lucid and comprehensive chronicle of the perils of postwar European Jewry. 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 >

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ANTS IN MY PANTS by Wendy Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 17, 2001

"Mould's lovely line-and-wash drawing keep this contest of wills from ever having too sharp an edge. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Talk about imaginary friends—this entire bestiary is conjured to rescue Jacob from a morning of shopping with his mother. Read full book review >

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RABBIT STEW by Wendy Wahman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A book that forgoes the basics of comprehension in pursuit of purposeful misdirection. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A tale of foxes and rabbit goes for a twist ending. Read full book review >

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POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL by Wendy Mills
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 3, 2015

"A heartfelt, three-hankie exploration of a topic all too many teens must confront. (Fiction. 14-16)"
High school junior Erin Bailey's whole life changes when her mother is diagnosed with late stage breast cancer. Read full book review >

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BLUE IGUANA by Wendy Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"Readers with a ferocious love of animals will know they've found a kindred spirit. (author's note) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Hypersensitive Clarice isn't just vegan—her empathy for animals runs so deep that she becomes physically ill after witnessing their injury. Read full book review >