Search Results: "Azra Z. Mehdi"


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HANA RESCUES MISTY by Azra Z. Mehdi
Released: Jan. 4, 2012

"A light-hearted tale with an important message for young readers: courage comes in many forms, and often means putting our own fears aside to help another."
A stranded kitten leads to a lesson in courage and empathy for a young girl in Mehdi's simple children's tale. Read full book review >

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Sustainable Fitness by Z. Altug
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"A thorough, well-researched, and practical fitness book."
A health and fitness guide that goes far beyond basic mantras to deliver a complete method for improvement in even the smallest aspects of daily life. Read full book review >

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DECODED by Jay-Z
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 16, 2010

"Heartfelt, passionate and slick—an essential hip-hop book."
Hip-hop's renaissance man drops a classic. Read full book review >

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MUD CITY by Brenda Z. Guiberson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"The strength and specificity of the text justifies the whole; one hopes in subsequent works the illustrations will rise to the occasion. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
A young flamingo hatches and grows to maturity in a narrative that packs an enormous amount of information into what is a very simple story. Read full book review >

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TALES OF THE HAUNTED DEEP by Brenda Z. Guiberson
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Perfect fare for reading by flashlight. (index, extensive bibliography) (Folklore. 9-11)"
Guiberson (Spotted Owl, 1994, etc.) ventures into Daniel Cohen territory with these riveting, if briefly told, tales of lesser-known ghosts, sea monsters, and haunted pirate treasure. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"This is a well-balanced look at the controversy surrounding conservation attempts, perhaps even more balanced than Guiberson intends. (Illustrations, not seen) (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Guiberson (Salmon Story, 1993, etc.) gives a fine account of the plight of the spotted owl and the ancient forest, as well as that of the loggers and their communities. Read full book review >

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PLASTIC JESUS by Poppy Z. Brite
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2000

"Missing: Brite's lyricism and soaring fantasy (as when R. Crumb physically enters Parker's music in Birdland), the very qualities germane to psychedelics, the Beatles, and the Peter Max years. Here, the originals overpower Brite's march of whimsy."
In earlier fiction, Brite used the music of Charlie Parker, the life and art of R. Crumb (the brilliant Drawing Blood, 1993), the necrophilia of Jeffrey Dahmer, and the anchovy shape and wormwood flavor of H. P. Lovecraft as entrance points into her own sparkling fantasy life in print. This time, it's John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Read full book review >

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ONLY REVOLUTIONS by Mark Z. Danielewski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"You have to work at it, but it's a trip well worth taking."
The daunting maze explored in Danielewski's Borgesian first novel, House of Leaves (2000), only hinted at the depths to be plumbed in its intimidatingly innovative successor. Read full book review >

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UNWASTED by Sacha Z. Scoblic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A dryly witty, spirited memoir of an abandoned life of drink and what it might have cost."
The affinity of writers to liquor is legendary, even a cliché. Departing from the usual, New York Times columnist Scoblic presents a memoir of her happy sobriety. Read full book review >