Search Results: "Alicia Oltuski"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2011

"Clear, colorful reportage."
A polished young guide takes us on an insider's tour of the recondite world of diamonds and garnishes it with an introduction to her family. Read full book review >

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MEAN WOMAN by Alicia Borinsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"Challenging."
Debut fiction (first published in 1989 in Argentina) that evokes recent Argentinean history and offers occasionally obscure set-pieces of magic realism with a feminist angle. Read full book review >

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SECRET CHAMBERS by Alicia Hayes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2013

"A pleasingly confident historical adventure story that engagingly shows one man's emotional journey."
A historical mystery novel set in belle epoque New York. Read full book review >

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THE BRUTAL LANGUAGE OF LOVE by Alicia Erian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2001

"Malls, teenage pregnancy, casual sex, film studies: all related to the troubled equation between sex and love, which Erian explores with a rookie's talents. Competent but not yet anything special."
Some of the nine stories in this debut collection have appeared in literary magazines, and they have the some of the subjects common in such venues: gender issues, bad girl sexuality, weird families, slacker students. But Erian fails to distinguish herself stylistically, offering instead slight fictions that can seem downright generic. Read full book review >

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THE COLORED CAR by Jean Alicia Elster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"Sharp historic insight wars with cumbersome sentimentality in this sometimes-overwrought yet heartfelt tale. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Sweet family nostalgia combines with the harsh realities of coming of age African-American during the Great Depression. Read full book review >

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WINNING TEAM by Dominique Moceanu
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"This insider's view gives an interesting perspective on gymnasts' lives, from their grueling work schedule and training methods to risk of injuries and even superstitious obsessions, but don't expect any winning medals. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Finally, young female gymnasts have a book to call their own in this first title in The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts series, co-authored by Olympic gold medalist Moceanu. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Despite an underdone potato or two, this rich comic serving of borscht will be deemed savory by many a Department of Russian Studies."
Russian history and literature get a good thrashing from truly grouchy Professor Chudo, assisted by editor Sobesednikov—both of whom are "official pseudonyms" of Russian Lit maven Gary S. Morson. Read full book review >

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MISS HAZELTINE'S HOME FOR SHY AND FEARFUL CATS by Alicia Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Listeners of all stripes, feline fanciers or not, will be pleased and amused as the mild adventure winds to a happily-ever-after ending. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A caring young woman who takes in homeless cats finds her kindness rewarded when she suffers in turn. Read full book review >

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JUBILEE! by Alicia Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"Lovingly evokes a lost time. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Patrick Gilmore was a mid-19th-century superstar who was the recognized initiator of the golden age of American band music. Read full book review >

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From My Heart to Your Heart 2 by Alicia G. Smith-Mackall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fans of the previous collection will warm to this one's subject matter, although some of the prose seems amateurish."
Smith-Mackall's second book of poetry continues to explore her faith and identity. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"Inspirational without being patronizing; a well-organized collection."
Christian-themed first-person accounts on loss and redemption. Read full book review >