Search Results: "Allegra Kent"


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ONCE A DANCER... by Allegra Kent
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 1997

"My stomach was a large, round, hard dome like a planetarium'')."
A daffy and unexpectedly poignant autobiography by the beguiling Balanchine ballerina celebrated in her heyday as a ``rubber orchid.'' Kent, born Iris Margo Cohen in 1937 ``on the very day Edith Wharton died, but in a different time zone,'' repossesses as a writer the unpredictable charm of her dancing. Read full book review >

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BALLERINA GETS READY by Allegra Kent
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"A magical mystery tour for ballet lovers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It is a busy day for a ballerina. Read full book review >

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BALLERINA SWAN by Allegra Kent
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2012

"An enchanting tale for all, especially for lovers of ballet. Read the story, play the music and applaud. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A beautiful swan realizes her dream of dancing when cast in Swan Lake. Read full book review >

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PARADISE PARK by Allegra Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2001

"Brilliantly crafted and pitched perfectly, which we expect from this author; but also challenging and deliberately uningratiating, which we might not."
Bestselling Goodman (Kaaterskill Falls, 1998, etc.) takes a bold step forward with this comic novel about a very serious spiritual quest undertaken by a narrator who's as often obnoxious as endearing. Read full book review >

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THE COOKBOOK COLLECTOR by Allegra Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 2010

"A witty, warm and wise look at the human condition in the digital age."
Goodman (Intuition, 2006, etc.) shows two sisters grappling with romantic, professional and moral quandaries at the height of the dotcom boom. Read full book review >

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TOTAL IMMERSION by Allegra Goodman
Released: May 24, 1989

Goodman's debut book of stories prods at two unlikely venues for contemporary fiction: the world of the frum—the modern devout who follow the 600-plus laws and prohibitions of Torah Judaism—and, even more unusual, those same Orthodox who are living in colony in the improbable and very un-shtetl-like paradise of Oahu, Hawaii. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"Still, there's plenty to ponder here in the matter of how youngsters reconcile devoutness and the sowing of wild oats."
BBC producer Stratton looks at demographic and cultural trends in the Arab world, and by her account things are just going to get stranger. Read full book review >

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THE CHALK ARTIST by Allegra Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A very relevant love story with strong crossover possibilities for teen readers."
In Boston, an idealistic schoolteacher gets her artist boyfriend a job with her father's video game company even as she's losing a promising student to the addiction of gaming. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"A graceful, surprisingly tender account of a life lived at the edge of fame."
The "too ordinary" member of a famous Hollywood family recalls her unusual childhood. Read full book review >

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KAATERSKILL FALLS by Allegra Goodman
Released: Aug. 14, 1998

"You don't read Goodman for thrills, but for rich characterizations and faultless evocation of a cloistered culture—pleasures in ample supply here."
Another absorbing, albeit low-key foray into the world of Orthodox Jews, by the author of two story collections: Total Immersion (1989) and The Family Markowitz (1996). Read full book review >