Search Results: "Ariel Dorfman"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A somber, moving tribute to a life of ideals and struggle."
A beautifully crafted, searing memoir by the Chilean American writer about his dispersion and homelessness after fleeing the military junta of General Pinochet. Read full book review >

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KONFIDENZ by Ariel Dorfman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Heartfelt, but too much packed into a small space, with characters who are political billboards rather than real people."
From exiled Latin American writer Dorfman (Hard Rain, 1990, etc.), a taut political allegory that ambitiously takes on, but doesn't quite resolve, big questions of loyalty, ideology, and truth. Read full book review >

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BLAKE’S THERAPY by Ariel Dorfman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2001

"Dorfman's clever, thought-provoking premise serves as the medium for a probing examination of power—as well as a daring attempt to distill the nature of good and evil."
Complex and challenging thriller from the Chilean-born playwright and novelist (Konfidenz, 1995, etc). Read full book review >

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THE NANNY AND THE ICEBERG by Ariel Dorfman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"A very busy tale that melts in the frenetic heat of its telling."
Like its eponymous iceberg, this strained fictional mix of politics, affected profundity, and supposedly comic eroticism is as much about the obvious—a young man's struggle to lose his virginity—as about what is hidden in the depths: Chilean history. Read full book review >

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HEADING SOUTH, LOOKING NORTH by Ariel Dorfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Still, Dorfman's account is slow going through the first half but picks up greatly once the dangers he faced become clear, and he has sharp insights into Chile's political situation."
Novelist Dorfman's (Konfidenz, 1995, etc.) memoir shakes up the term Latino, as he plots the course of "a hybrid, part Yankee, part Chilean, a pinch Jew, a mestizo in search of a center," who becomes an outspoken Chilean exile campaigning for the self-determination of the Americas. Read full book review >

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BURNING CITY by Ariel Dorfman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 24, 2005

"Although unusually mature and self-sufficient due to the absence of his do-good parents, Heller has typical insecurities, fears and dreams that are perfectly captured in this hip, urban tale of unlikely friendships. (Fiction. YA)"
Heller Hastings is the intuitive and sensitive protagonist of this unique story set in New York City the summer before September 11, 2001. Read full book review >

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THE LONG WAIT FOR TOMORROW by Joaquin Dorfman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"A wild, thought-provoking, heartbreaking jolt of a ride through astrophysics, friendship, Armani suits and heartache. (Science fiction. YA)"
Wallflower Patrick Saint has always taken second place to his cocky, bullying, football-star of a best friend, Kelly McDermott, who seems to have everything. Read full book review >

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PLAYING IT COOL by Joaquin Dorfman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 23, 2006

"Curiously missing pronouns result in a choppy style, but the story is compelling and draws to a satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. YA)"
Known to his classmates as a problem-solver, Sebastian is a con man with a conscience. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 2008

"A smart, sweet graphic memoir. Schrag's work should resonate with anyone—female or male, gay or straight—who has survived high school."
Schrag (Awkward and Definition, 2008, etc.) explores her junior year of high school, a period of self-discovery amid social minefields, all the more complicated for a gay student. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2006

"An imaginative plot and some lively dialogue can't overcome the forced eccentricity of the characters and their facile insights."
An unhappy performance artist imagines herself as a sacrificial lamb in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 27, 2010

"Ideal for Eat, Pray, Love fans in search of positive psychological theory."
An amateur scholar's personal exploration of the science of joy, and what her findings mean for American women. Read full book review >