Search Results: "Alina Simone"


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NOTE TO SELF by Alina Simone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2013

"Witty, wicked and occasionally too clever. If Simone writes songs half as well as she writes fiction, expect her to become a household name."
Unemployed woman meets man on the Internet in this forceful, scabrous satire-cum-morality tale. Read full book review >

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YOU MUST GO AND WIN by Alina Simone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2011

"Sure to prove popular with 20-something hipsters, just as her music seems poised for wider exposure."
Wry memoir from an Eastern European indie-rock sensation. Read full book review >

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MADONNALAND by Alina Simone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"As Simone confesses, 'the further I drifted from any kind of central narrative,' the less this brief book has much of anything to do with Madonna."
A short book about trying, and failing, to find something new to write about Madonna. Read full book review >

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Released: June 16, 1995

"The Butcher,'' the second, decidedly unerotic novella seems like a case of false advertising."
Two novellas—one torrid, the other patently inane—mark the American debut of a bestselling French sensation. Read full book review >

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PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Still, as the title implies, the author definitely knows how to write romance, and that should help readers overlook some of the cheesier bits. (Fiction. YA)"
Sparks fly when cheerleading it-girl Brittany Ellis is paired with gang-banger bad-boy Alex Fuentes in chemistry lab. Read full book review >

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RAPE GIRL by Alina Klein
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Readers looking for insight into acquaintance rape would be better served by Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Valerie feels understandably guilty about what happened during and after the party. Read full book review >

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by Alina Reyes
Released: May 1, 1996

"Erotic vignettes, some quite extraordinary, but not a book in any more rewardingly imaginable sense: raw material thrown haphazardly on the page."
Smutty meanderings from French porn diva Reyes (The Butcher, 1995), who here badly overestimates the literary freight her train can pull. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE SHEEP by Oliver Chin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The Year of the Sheep is cause for celebration, especially for fans of the series. (list of zodiac animals) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this 10th installment from the Tales of the Chinese Zodiac picture-book series, a curious lamb rallies her friends to keep the town from going thirsty. Read full book review >

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BABA DUNJA'S LAST LOVE by Alina Bronsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"With quiet understatement, Bronsky offers us a glimpse of life in the radioactive abyss."
A quiet novel about a woman who returns home after some time away—not unusual in itself, perhaps, but it is when the home she returns to is in Chernobyl. Read full book review >

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JUST CALL ME SUPERHERO by Alina Bronsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Bronsky's warmth, humor and sharp observational eye combine to make this coming-of-age tale a rich, affecting read."
A German teen learns the importance of friendship, family and forgiveness in Bronsky's third novel (The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE HOTTEST DISHES OF THE TARTAR CUISINE by Alina Bronsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"A darkly humorous novel with sharp observations about the machinations of a monstrous mother."
The fictional memoirs of Rosalinda Achmetowna, a Tartar Tiger Mother who ruins the lives of her family across several generations, and up to the end fails to realize her toxic influence. Read full book review >