Search Results: "A.B. Whelan"


BOOK REVIEW

FIELDS OF ELYSIUM by A.B. Whelan
Released: Oct. 31, 2012

"A YA tale for teens who like their sci-fi served up with a heavy dash of melodrama."
A lonely teen discovers a secret wormhole to a distant planet—and a distant boy who steals her heart—in this young-adult sci-fi romance. Read full book review >

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THE RETROSPECTIVE by A.B. Yehoshua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2013

"Yehoshua's intelligent and refined novel recalls once again Faulkner's famous dictum that 'the past isn't dead. It isn't even past.'"
An elegant and graceful translation of Yehoshua's 2011 Hesed Sefaradi, a novel about an aging Israeli director reviewing both his films and his life. Read full book review >

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CURRICULUM VITAE by A.B. Boyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2014

"A dramatic, intentionally dreary meditation on modern melancholy."
In Boyd's debut novel, the routines and reflections of a bored high school English teacher sketch an unflattering portrait of American ennui. Read full book review >

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The Dead of Winter by A.B. Gibson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Although readers will know what to expect, this spine-tingling book will still induce shrieks."
Four friends reunite at a bed-and-breakfast and find some local Halloween-themed attractions to be a little too frightening in Gibson's debut horror yarn. Read full book review >

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MR. MANI by A.B. Yehoshua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Still, an interesting, and certainly challenging, read."
A self-consciously experimental novel from Israeli writer Yehoshua (Five Seasons, A Late Divorce, etc.) in which a family's history is told backwards in one-sided conversations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"An academic study, sometimes repetitive, that would have fared better had more attention been paid to its participants' individual voices."
An examination of the stress and hardship faced by the wives of coal miners in West Virginia. Read full book review >

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THE LIBERATED BRIDE by A.B. Yehoshua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A splendidly realized search for the causes of ruptures that rend families and nations: both timely and timeless."
A multilayered story from the fine Israeli novelist (Returning Lost Loves, 2001, etc.) mixes the personal and political as a historian seeks explanations for two seemingly disconnected events: his son's divorce and an outbreak of violence in Algeria. Read full book review >

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ALL MY NOBLE DREAMS AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"An entertaining, if fanciful look at colonial India in transition. (author's note, text of Gandhi's letter of 1920, glossary) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In this sequel to Small Acts of Amazing Courage (2011), heroine Rosalind dances with the Prince of Wales during his 1921 visit to India and does her bit for Gandhi's independence movement. Read full book review >

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THE IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Like its predecessor, this offering takes 21st-century American readers back to a time and place largely ignored in children's literature; it is a pity that this time and place are not made more immediate and vivid. (Fiction. 9-13)"
The year is 1934, and Stalin has begun his own reign of terror, rounding up political dissidents under the slightest pretext. Read full book review >

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CHU JU’S HOUSE by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Well-done and convincing. (glossary) (Fiction. 10-13)"
Fourteen-year-old Chu Ju makes the wrenching decision to leave her peasant farm home and baby sister in post-Cultural Revolution China in order to give her parents one last chance at a pregnancy and a yearned-for son. Read full book review >

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AFTER THE TRAIN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

Reductive morality and characterizations muffle the meaningful core of this post-World War II identity crisis. Read full book review >

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SMALL ACTS OF AMAZING COURAGE by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: April 19, 2011

"National Book Award winner Whelan's characters are more types than people, and there is little of the flavor of the subcontinent in this overstuffed, occasionally pleasant tale of a plucky young woman in Raj-era India. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
With her father away fighting Turks and her mother so often "under the weather," still grieving over long-dead son Edward, 15-year-old Rosalind James has grown independent visiting the bazaar with her Indian friend, Isha, and causing comment among the other British officers' wives at the club. Read full book review >