Search Results: "Andrea Levy"


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FRUIT OF THE LEMON by Andrea Levy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"An enjoyable, deft combination of humor and telling observation on owning one's race and roots."
By the author of Small Island (2005), which won both the Orange and Whitbread Prizes, an engaging tale of emerging race identity and heritage, first published in the UK in 1999. Read full book review >

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SMALL ISLAND by Andrea Levy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"An enthralling tour de force that animates a chapter in the history of empire. This is Levy's fourth novel, but first U.S. publication."
The winner of the 2004 Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the 2004 Orange Prize—the first writer to win both for the same novel—draws on her Jamaican background in the alluring story of two couples, one Jamaican and one English, whose paths cross in WWII-era England. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2010

"The frame is skimpy, and the book's moral vision can be schematic, but this is a subtly observed, beautifully written, structurally complex novel—an impressive follow-up to Small Island."
The fifth novel by Levy—whose Small Island won Britain's Orange Prize and was Whitbread Book of the Year—is set in 19th-century Jamaica and covers the last years of slavery and its long, miserable aftermath. Read full book review >

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THE DROWNED by Elizabeth Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Though Levy creates nightmarish scenes, the story shows little internal logic and, during the period of Clark's indecision and Lily's long confinement, nearly strands readers in a slow, drawn-out last half. (Fiction. 11-14)"
An Atlantic City dowager reanimates her drowned son with annual human sacrifices in this confusing chiller. Read full book review >

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CRUSHING IT by Joanne Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An undemanding, entertaining, and engaging romp with a predictable happy ending. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Kat, a down-to-earth seventh-grader, self-conscious of her braces-and-eyeglasses appearance, gets roped into playing Cyrano de Bergerac for her gorgeous, popular cousin, Olivia, and her best friend and soul mate, Tyler. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 15, 2012

"A smart, insightful collection of stories about life and love."
Levy's award-winning short story collection masterfully explores the vagaries of romantic love. Read full book review >

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THE LAST PLAYBOY by Shawn Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Engrossing profile of unrelenting excess."
Diligently reconstructed life story of a man who readily laughed off lables like "bounder" and "cad" while elevating that of "Latin lover" to both art form and profession. Read full book review >

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TO PIXAR AND BEYOND by Lawrence Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A footnote to Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, but not a minor one."
Pixar's former chief financial officer turns in an insider's account of one of the world's most influential digital media companies. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Not much with which to flesh out Washington's bio, but a wealth in deliberative detail to contemplate and relish."
An excavation of George Washington's Virginia "Home Farm." Read full book review >

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EINSTEIN AND THE RABBI by Naomi  Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Like-minded readers will find Levy's blend of Old Testament and New Age appealing."
A rabbi offers a program of soul-craft to get us through the "World of Separation," this reality where nothing quite works and nothing quite makes sense. Read full book review >

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SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE by Joanne Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 2012

"Droll middle school drama. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A lively preteen develops the "superpsychic" ability to converse with the dead, complicating her seventh-grade life in this lighthearted debut. Read full book review >

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SEVENTH GRADE TANGO by Elizabeth Levy
Released: March 1, 2000

"Precocious preteens will find that this humorously empathetic take on budding romance is just right. (Fiction. 10-12)"
PLB 0-7868-2427-1 The content and concerns of Levy's latest is at odds with the young reading level and large type size, which may prevent this novel's natural audience of middle schoolers from finding a fast and funny read. Read full book review >