Search Results: "Ali Shaw"


BOOK REVIEW

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 TREES by Ali Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A big, unclassifiable novel; it's worth the effort to enter a world that is never what it appears."
An ecological sermon, bildungsroman, mystery, fairy tale, and horror story all combined into a novel about an improbable journey. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE MASKS
by Leila Roy

Flannery O’Connor, my favorite author: That’s who I need right now. Flannery would take me away from here and deposit me into her fictitious world crawling with self-righteous saints and larger-than-life misfits. And I’d feel okay there because Flannery took care of things. Justice got served.
Saints and Misfits, by S.K. Ali

Janna Yusuf has had a long-time ...


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BOOK REVIEW

TIMBER CREEK STATION by Ali Lewis
Released: March 1, 2016

"More middle-grade than teen, mature themes notwithstanding, highly recommended for boys and adventurous readers of all ages. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Battling drought on their remote Australian cattle station, Danny Dawson's once-close-knit family, already torn apart by older brother Jonny's accidental death six months ago, learns that older sister Sissy, 14, is pregnant; Liz, the English backpacker hired on short notice as household help, will prove the catalyst for needed change. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AUTUMN by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Smith's book is a kaleidoscope whose suggestive fragments and insights don't easily render a pleasing pattern, yet it's compelling in its emotional and historical freight, its humor, and keen sense of creativity and loss."
A girl's friendship with an older neighbor stands at the center of this multifaceted meditation on aging, art, love, and affection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REDEMPTION by Tariq Ali
Released: Dec. 15, 1991

"Good fun for political groupies."
A satirical and surrealistic novel from Britain about the end of history, by a noted former Sixties activist and associate of Danny the Red, that promises a radical if tongue-in-cheek solution for disillusioned revolutionaries. Read full book review >

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HOW TO BE BOTH by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Comical, insightful and clever, Smith (There But for The, 2011, etc.) builds a thoughtful fun house with her many dualities and then risks being obvious in her structural mischief, but it adds perhaps the perfect frame to this marvelous diptych."
This adventurous, entertaining writer offers two distinctive takes on youth, art and death—and even two different editions of the book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STONE WOMAN by Tariq Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"A great work in progress."
The third volume of Pakistani-born novelist (and filmmaker) Ali's ongoing Islamic Quartet (following Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, not reviewed, and The Book of Saladin, 1998) explores through its several major characters' interconnected reminiscences the ordeal of a Muslim family in Istanbul, in 1899, as Christian and Jewish adversaries are ensuring the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COMPANIONS OF PARADISE by Thalassa Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2007

"Painstaking reconstruction of a period with great contemporary relevance, marred by one-note characters and the use of heavy-handed shtick such as dreams to advance the plot."
Final installment in a historical trilogy (A Singular Hostage, 2002, etc.) setting a feisty English heroine against a backdrop of political upheaval in Victorian-era India and Afghanistan. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION

"Insightfully portrays an ailing American health system and ways to improve one's health."
An American-trained pharmacist discusses the shortcomings of traditional Western medicine and advocates natural approaches to health care and wellness. Read full book review >