Search Results: "Ali H. Soufan"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"In a dizzying scenario of violence, Soufan provides clarity and balance."
Tracing the hydra-headed reach of al-Qaida and how its leadership morphed into the Islamic Caliphate of Iraq and elsewhere. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 2011

"The author concludes that al-Qaeda is on the decline, but more groups like it are on the rise. Soufan provides a sobering, sometimes maddening view from the front lines."
Could 9/11 have been prevented? By former FBI special agent Soufan's account, the answer is a resounding yes. 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but the dutiful Muslim wife in transition, who drove the action of Ali's brilliant debut (Brick Lane, 2003, etc.), has been replaced by a very different kind of protagonist: a talented chef in midlife crisis.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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Intense, closely observed commentary on perilous developments in an unstable nation."
Harshly critical of the American-backed Pakistani military and deeply concerned with the plight of his native country's people, London-based filmmaker and novelist Ali (Dictatorship of Capital: Politics and Culture in the 21st Century, 2008, etc.) warns of an imminent "conflagration of despair." Read full book review >

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THERE BUT FOR THE by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Offbeat exploration of the human need to connect with others."
An enigmatic British man locks himself indefinitely in a guest room during a party, altering forever the lives of four people who barely know him. 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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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 >