Search Results: "Ali A. Allawi"


BOOK REVIEW

FAISAL I OF IRAQ by Ali A. Allawi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A misunderstood sharif finds a worthy, erudite biographer in Allawi."
From Baghdad-born Allawi (Research Professor/National Univ. of Singapore; The Crisis of Islamic Civilization, 2009, etc.), a reverent, stirring life of the Arab nationalist, friend of T.E. Lawrence and first monarch of Iraq. Read full book review >

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THE ATHEIST MUSLIM by Ali A. Rizvi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Rare and intriguing arguments in the debate over Islam."
Leaving Islam and showing others the way out. Read full book review >

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OTTO: THE STORY OF A MIRROR by Ali Bahrampour
ADVENTURE
Released: May 14, 2003

"They'll root for bandy-legged Otto in his yellow-banded derby and giggle over the zany details in the soft-toned watercolor-and-ink drawings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Otto is bored with his job as a mirror who works at Topper's Hat Store reflecting the customers as they try on hats. Read full book review >

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CLEVER CHAMELEON by Ali Lodge
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"An asset in any collection, story-timers will clamor to find the title character in each double-page spread. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The jungle animals, including walking stick, chameleon, parrot, lion, leopard, elephant, crocodile and giraffe, decide to play hide and seek. Read full book review >

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THE HEARTBREAKERS by Ali Novak
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Fans of boy bands will be on this like tattoos on Harry Styles' chest. (Fiction. 12-16)"
It's been hard for Stella to concentrate on her life since her sister Cara was diagnosed with leukemia. Read full book review >

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IN THE KITCHEN by Monica Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"Flawed but still impressive, the work of a fearless writer determined to challenge herself."
The turbulent, multicultural London backdrop is the same, but the dutiful Muslim wife in transition, who drove the action of Ali's brilliant debut (Brick Lane, 2003, etc.), has been replaced by a very different kind of protagonist: a talented chef in midlife crisis. Read full book review >

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PUBLIC LIBRARY AND OTHER STORIES by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Smith's casual, almost conversational style and structure don't produce conventional short stories, but there's an enticing intellect at work, and the accompanying threnody for lost libraries is sadly complementary."
An engaging collection of stories that explore how people are connected by words, ideas, events, and memories and, not coincidentally, how those connections may be lost when public libraries are closed. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WITH GLASS FEET by Ali Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"At its best, this strikingly visual novel shrugs off self-consciousness and a sense of strain to become captivatingly ethereal."
Emotional entanglements on a faraway frozen island are shaped by romance and tragedy in a melancholic yet whimsical British debut. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF SALADIN by Tariq Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Episodic but red-blooded and even thoughtful, as if urged on by Leonard Bernstein conducting Carl Orph's Carmina Burana."
Ali (Fear of Mirrors, p. 1302), a historian, academic, satirist, filmmaker, screenwriter, playwright, and—yes—novelist, here continues the tale, begun with Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree (1993, not reviewed), of Islam's confrontation with Christianity. Read full book review >

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BRICK LANE by Monica Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"Newcomer Ali was born in Bangladesh and raised in England, where Brick Lane has been acclaimed, and rightly so: she is one of those dangerous writers who sees everything."
Everyday life requires courage. That simple truth is the foundation of this fine debut about a young Bangladeshi woman in London, struggling to make sense of home, family, Islam, and even adultery. Read full book review >