Search Results: "Adriana Hunter"


BOOK REVIEW

A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA by Valérie Zenatti
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"The overall effect is one of a haunting relationship that will help teens understand both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Fiction. YA)"
When a bomb explodes at a nearby café on the evening of the tenth anniversary of a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, Tal, a 17-year-old Israeli girl, decides to reach out to a Palestinian neighbor. Read full book review >

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COUPLE MECHANICS by Nelly Alard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"More jaded and demanding than most American domestic tragicomedies, this novel packs a surprising emotional wallop, raising questions about the natures of passion and marriage within the context of early-21st-century French politics with references to France's Muslim veil controversy and Simone de Beauvoir."
The title perfectly captures the tone of French author Alard's second novel, which examines a marriage in crisis as if it were a working, or perhaps broken, machine. Read full book review >

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THE PEN AND THE BRUSH by Anka Muhlstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An enlightening exploration of the symbiotic relationship between art and literature."
How hundreds of stolen paintings affected 19th-century French writers. Read full book review >

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THE SEXUAL LIFE OF CATHERINE M. by Catherine Millet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"A bold, intelligent, pioneering tour de force."
The graceful, thoughtful, oddly charming, and profoundly pornographic account of a French intellectual's life of extreme sexuality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED GO by Shan Sa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2003

"Intense, operatic personal tragedy magnified by Sa's sense of history and Eastern culture."
The China-born Sa, who arrived in France in 1990 as a late adolescent and writes in French, presents the first of her three novels to be translated into English. Read full book review >

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LIFE IS SHORT AND DESIRE ENDLESS by Patrick Lapeyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2012

"Lapeyre writes with great wit and sly craft on the miseries of unfulfilled relationships."
One need look no further than the apt title to uncover the frustrations of the two main male characters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHEZ MOI by Agnes Desarthe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2008

"Reading groups in search of spirited discussion would do well to choose this complex and satisfying tale."
An original story of midlife transformation. Read full book review >

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THE TRAVELS OF DANIEL ASCHER by Déborah Lévy-Bertherat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Despite occasionally heavy subject matter, it's a lightweight intellectual exercise."
Lévy-Bertherat's debut novel is a story about storytelling—both historical and personal. Read full book review >

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THE PASSION OF MADEMOISELLE S. by Jean-Yves Berthault
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A sad history of a woman consumed by passion and despair."
Steamy sex in 1920s Paris. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RED COLLAR by Jean-Christophe Rufin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Rufin's novel is meticulous and orderly in its depictions of basically sympathetic characters trying to understand one another and find a common ground."
A heroic veteran of World War I faces trial for a mysterious offense. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD by Maude  Julien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A startling testament of survival."
A disturbing, engrossing memoir of a bizarre, highly abusive childhood. Read full book review >

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THE DISAPPEARANCE by Geneviève Jurgensen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Jurgensen's is a powerful voice for the unbearable sadness caused by death and the courage and love it takes to live with both the pain of loss and the cherished memories."
A French mother's lyrical and haunting memoir of the deaths of her two young daughters and how she has coped with this terrible loss. Read full book review >