Search Results: "Anita Desai"


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THE ARTIST OF DISAPPEARANCE by Anita Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"A deft exploration of the limits people place on themselves by trying to cling to the past."
The three protagonists in this trio of novellas struggle with fulfilling their desires while life in modern India speeds past them. Read full book review >

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BAUMGARTNER'S BOMBAY by Anita Desai
Released: March 15, 1989

In her ninth novel, Indian writer Desai (Clear Light of Day, In Custody), whose mother was German and father Indian, explores the troubled life of a German Jew who flees the Holocaust by going to India. Read full book review >

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JOURNEY TO ITHACA by Anita Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A splendidly nuanced evocation, never credulous or dismissive of those impelled to go on pilgrimage: Pilgrim's Progress updated and uprooted, but still as compelling."
With just the right blend of empathy and intelligence, Desai (Baumgartner's Bombay, 1989) explores the West's long fascination with Indian spirituality via the story of a European couple who, like so many in the '70s, sought enlightenment in the subcontinent. Read full book review >

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THE ZIGZAG WAY by Anita Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"Sensitive proof that understanding lies as much in the details as in the broad strokes."
Again, Desai explores cultural fault lines as she describes a young American's experiences in Mexico. Read full book review >

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DIAMOND DUST by Anita Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2000

"A quiet but deeply satisfying collection from the distinguished author and Booker finalist (i>Fasting, Feasting, not reviewed, etc.)."
Nine short fictions luminously detailing events that lead characters to irrevocably cross the invisible line separating their pasts from new experiences, new insights, even new existences. Read full book review >

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NINI LOST AND FOUND by Anita Lobel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"She also introduces the joys of home, the thrill of freedom and the scariness of the unknown to young readers, who will strain to hear the calls of Nini's owners in the night. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Temptation leads Nini the tabby cat out an open door, away from her cozy house, through a vibrant garden and beyond, into dark woods. Read full book review >

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I LOVE MY LITTLE STORYBOOK by Anita Jeram
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

Sure to warm the auricles of newly independent readers (and older reading advocates) everywhere, this rhapsody features a brown-and-white bunny only a little bigger than its beloved storybook. Read full book review >

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PIERROT'S ABC GARDEN by Anita Lobel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Charming. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Another enchanting alphabet from the illustrator of On Market Street (1981, Caldecott Honor). Read full book review >

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THE DWARF GIANT by Anita Lobel
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1991

"Meanwhile, for children, a beautifully illustrated tale about a man bewitched, brought back to himself by his wife's courage and ingenuity. (Picture book. 5+)"
Set in Japan, a deeply felt variant on a classic theme that more often ends in tragedy. Read full book review >

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NEW BEGINNINGS by Anita Ganeri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 25, 1999

"Along with other entries in the series covering death rituals, marriage ceremonies, and coming-of-age celebrations, this book is a useful multicultural tool. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
This entry in the Life Times series takes a somber but serviceable look at the ways newborns are welcomed into the fold in six major world religions. Read full book review >