Search Results: "A.B. Whelan"


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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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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 >

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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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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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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 >

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THE TURNING by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

Tanya, 16 years old in 1991 and a principal dancer with Leningrad's Kirov Ballet, is both a witness to the events of a dramatic summer and a participant in Russia's fledgling steps toward democracy. Read full book review >

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ANGEL ON THE SQUARE by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

A young Russian aristocrat comes of age during the Great War and the Russian Revolution. Read full book review >

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BURYING THE SUN by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"All in all, a vivid portrait of a country and a family under siege, and a testimony to human resilience. (Fiction. YA)"
In this somber companion to The Impossible Journey (2003) and Angel on the Square (2001), Whelan brings the horrific, 880-day Siege of Leningrad to life for young readers. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE VIETNAM by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"An effective plea for a group whose plight, as an afterword notes, continues to worsen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The experiences of a village family, reluctantly escaping their homeland in a perilous boat trip to Hong Kong. Read full book review >

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ALFRED STIEGLITZ by Richard Whelan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Apart from being a first-rate biography, Whelan's study provides a lively cultural history of Stieglitz's day. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A solid, straightforward biography of one of the pioneering forces of early 20th century American art and photography. Read full book review >