Search Results: "Ali Mitgutsch"


BOOK REVIEW

A KNIGHT'S BOOK by Ali Mitgutsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 1991

An old knight tells about some of his youthful experiences as Squire Wolflieb, accompanying his poor but admired Sir Frank to a tournament at a well-defended castle. Read full book review >

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OUR BIG CITY by Ali Mitgutsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2012

"A short set of visual puzzles, closer in overall complexity to Richard Scarry than Where's Waldo. (iPad seek-and-find app. 3-5)"
A pioneer of the "busy, busy crowd scene" style of illustration slips into the digital domain with tablet versions of several classic titles—including this low-key but involving example. Read full book review >

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LOVER, TRAITOR by Anna Mitgutsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Powerful, moving, and deft: Mitgutsch makes good use of the private meanings reflected in public events, and understands that the distinctions between them are as arbitrary and tenuous as any boundary drawn in the desert."
A haunting and understated exploration of identity and memory, by the Austrian-American academic (English/Univ. of Innsbruck, Hebrew University) whose previous works (Jakob, 1991, etc.) have won numerous awards in Germany. Read full book review >

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JAKOB by Anna Mitgutsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"But it is a portrait without shading, and this ultimately vitiates the themes."
A relentlessly unrelieved, even claustrophobic, account of a mother struggling to rear her autistic son in the Austrian provinces. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A painful story smartly told, Benjamin's first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In middle school, where "Worst Thing" can mean anything from a pimple to public humiliation, Suzy "Zu" Swanson really has a reason to be in crisis: her former best friend has died unexpectedly, and the seventh-grader is literally silenced by grief and confusion. Read full book review >

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MISDIRECTED by Ali Berman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A sermon with too little to say. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The new kid at school comes into conflict with the administration's faith-based agenda. Read full book review >

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MADRAS ON RAINY DAYS by Samina Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"However well intended, overwrought and unconvincing."
A young woman, torn between the certainties of life in India and the potentially liberating challenges of America, undergoes an arranged Islamic marriage—with disastrous results. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST PERSON AND OTHER STORIES by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"The willed spareness of the stories grows annoying, but at her best Smith is an original observer of the blessings and curses of living inside one's imagination."
A collection of 12 smartly constructed observations of the way we think and write, from Whitbread Award-winning Scottish author Smith (The Accidental, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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HOTEL WORLD by Ali Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 2002

"Long riffs on a theme, presented like a puzzle."
A prizewinner back home, Scotland-born Smith (stories: Like, 1998) offers a verbally high-speed tale of a girl's death that may touch some but will seem mainly airy to others. It was shortlisted for the 2001 Orange Prize—as it is now for the Booker. Read full book review >

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THE IHOP PAPERS by Ali Liebegott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"Tender writing about a raw life."
Schoolgirl crush frees a young waitress to escape the 'burbs for San Francisco. Read full book review >

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A SINGULAR HOSTAGE by Thalassa Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2002

"A colorful muddle not improved by a strained plot."
Newcomer Ali's hand is heavy in concocting the story of a Victorian woman looking for love. Read full book review >