Search Results: "Christina MacSweeney"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF MY TEETH by Valeria Luiselli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A clever philosophical novel that, as the author puts it, has 'less to do with lying than surpassing the truth.'"
A lively, loopy experimental novel rich with musings on language, art, and, yes, teeth. Read full book review >

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FACES IN THE CROWD by Valeria Luiselli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2014

"Ultimately, a novel that is no more (or less) than words on the page."
A debut novel that never lets readers forget it's a novel, toying with them on multiple levels. Read full book review >

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SIDEWALKS by Valeria Luiselli
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 13, 2014

"A collection that can't be categorized as memoir or travel writing or literary criticism but cohesively combines such elements and more."
Place, identity and the limitations of language converge in this slim collection of illuminating and incisive essays. Read full book review >

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AMONG STRANGE VICTIMS by Daniel Saldaña París
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Though a study of slothfulness and its discontents, a welcome book on which the author has clearly expended energy."
A pleasingly quirky U.S. debut from Saldaña París, a young Mexican writer who now lives in Canada. Read full book review >

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ATLANTIS by Christina Balit
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"A closing note by Geoffrey Ashe, author of Atlantis: Lost Lands, Ancient Wisdom (not reviewed), puts the tale into both historical and cultural perspective. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-10)"
Balit (Twelve Labors of Hercules, 1997) recasts Ancient World accounts into a spare narrative, describing Atlantis's creation as Poseidon's wedding gift to his mortal bride Cleito, its idyllic early history, gradual descent into lawlessness, and final punitive submergence. Read full book review >

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MADAPPLE by Christina Meldrum
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 13, 2008

"With this spellbinding debut, Meldrum marks herself as an author to watch. (Fiction. YA)"
The haunting tale of one exceptionally disturbed family unfolds in this gripping page-turner. Read full book review >

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Released: April 14, 1989

After a bit of river-boating (described in A Traveller in China, 1986), Dodwell is back on the steeds that served her so well in the horsebacked adventures of Travels with Fortune, In Papua New Guinea, and An Explorer's Handbook; and her latest ride, too-through the wilder Mideast—is an engaging romp. Read full book review >

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THE DREAM OF THE STONE by Christina Askounis
FICTION
Released: May 14, 1993

"A smoothly written first novel—a bit derivative, but that won't deter fans of the genre. (Fiction. 12+)"
Misfortunes multiply: Sarah's parents are killed in a plane crash; she's sent to live in the City; her brilliant brother Sam disappears from his mysterious Institute. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE by Christina Farley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"A smart, peppery, action-packed plot teams up with playful, astute characters. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A magical pen leads 12-year-old white Keira Harding on a dark fairy-tale adventure. Read full book review >

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THE CHANGELINGS by Christina Soontornvat
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A pleasant diversion for fans of fairy tales, like Izzy, but not quite enough to capture the interest of a wider audience. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A fast-moving adventure reveals why 11-year-old Izzy has always felt like a bit of an outsider—but provides a sense of belonging too. Read full book review >

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AUTOBOYOGRAPHY by Christina Lauren
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Satisfying but unpolished. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Identities collide in this story of first love and first novels. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND COUNTRY by Christina Adam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"A classic novel of the West, written with quiet muscle and confidence."
A quietly haunting first novel set in a small ranching town, by the author of Any Small Thing Can Save You (stories: 2001). Read full book review >