Search Results: "Asa Zatz"


BOOK REVIEW

A SECRET FOR JULIA by Patricia Sagastizabal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A worthy conception, deserving of better treatment than it receives here."
This turgid psychological tale, winner of a major Latin American literary prize, dramatizes (just barely) the ordeal of an Argentinean woman living in 1990s London, after surviving imprisonment and torture during the '70s as an accused enemy of her homeland's oppressive military government. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1987

"Minor Garcia Marquez, but still superbly crafted and worth exploring."
In this slim yet fascinating foray into the nature of self-identity, Nobel Prize winner Garcia Marquez adopts the voice and tells the real-life tale of a banished film director who returned incognito to his native Chile to film life under the repressive Pinochet regime. Read full book review >

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INSATIABLE by Asa Akira
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"Puritans take note: Nothing is left to the imagination in this hypersexual memoir of life as a porn star."
The relentlessly risqué exploits of an award-winning adult film star. Read full book review >

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THE SHOUTING WELL by Asa Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A complex, metaphorical tale that warns against obsessively dwelling on agonizing memories."
In Phillips' debut novella, a well haunts and imprisons people. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"'It's my task to transmit the legacy to a new generation of people the same age as those killed,' says Rose. He does just this, with tenderness and insight, retold here with extraordinary narrative skill."
A transforming journey into a family's past as a father takes his sons to Europe to follow in their relatives' footsteps. Read full book review >

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MOSHI MOSHI by Banana Yohimoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A fleeting portrait of a critical moment in a young woman's life, one with which the late John Hughes might have felt some kinship."
A young Japanese woman is left hurt, confused, and lost in the wake of her father's mysterious death. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"This is, nonetheless, a consistently well-written, assured work, offering a lively popular history greatly enhanced by over 100 illustrations (33 in color)."
A fascinating and generally informative romp through the closing decades of each of the past five centuries and our own. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"The rest (the theory) is responsible, if cavalier. (40 b&w drawings, not seen)"
An admittedly irreverent stab at leveling the distinction between elite and popular culture by transmogrifying the ho-hum (the master bedroom, the garbage disposal) into the ``mythic'' in the semiological tradition of Roland Barthes. Read full book review >

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THE DYING GAME by Asa Avdic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Avdic's debut, while painting an unsettling portrait of our possible future, lacks a compelling main character, and for all the book's calculated plotting, it doesn't add up to a satisfying read."
In the not-too-distant future, a group of carefully chosen people spends 48 hours on a remote Swedish island engaged in what at first seems like an exercise but turns into a high-stakes test of survival and betrayal. Read full book review >

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INHERIT THE STARS by Tessa Elwood
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Better in concept than in execution. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
The fates of two interplanetary kingdoms hang upon the success of an arranged marriage in this futuristic romance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Unlike the pilots of ASA 529, Pomerantz is in control all the way in this spellbinding and horrifying death ride."
A heart-in-your-throat story of a small commercial plane headed for a crash landing. Read full book review >