Search Results: "Ali Smith"


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ARTFUL by Ali Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"A soulful intellectual inquiry and reflection on life and art, artfully done."
Acclaimed Scottish novelist Smith (There but for the, 2011, etc.) considers the places where art and life intersect, sometimes collide and meld. 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 ACCIDENTAL by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"It's not so much about the story as it is about the virtuosity of the telling."
Dazzling wordplay and abundant imagination invigorate a tale of lives interrupted. 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 >

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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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LIKE by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Lyrical but elliptical writing that ultimately bleeds the pain and passion out."
In a loosely threaded first novel, Scottish writer Smith luminously evokes the long, dark shadow cast by obsessions born in adolescence. Read full book review >

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THE WHOLE STORY by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2004

"Clever, stylish, and smooth in prose, but too cool to engage."
A young British author self-consciously seasons stories of love and abandonment with sometimes awkward touches of the gothic, surreal, and mythic. Read full book review >

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GIRL MEETS BOY by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"The politics don't especially convince, but the comic, smart, spirited tale-spinning often amuses."
Updating Ovid's myth of Iphis and Ianthe, the noted British author slyly explores a blurring of the sexual divide. 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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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 >

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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 >