Search Results: "Diana Abu-Jaber"


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CRESCENT by Diana Abu-Jaber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"What might have been the stuff of any romance is forged into a powerful story about the loneliness of exile and the limits of love. An impressive second outing by Abu-Jaber (Arabian Jazz, 1993)."
A timely fiction about Iraqi intellectuals in Los Angeles blends the whimsy of Scheherazade-style storytelling with the urgency of contemporary politics. Read full book review >

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BIRDS OF PARADISE by Diana Abu-Jaber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"In this provocative exploration of the fault lines of loyalty and guilt, Abu-Jaber's searing perceptions, particularly about parents and children, more than make up for a less than convincing ending or an occasional lapse into overlabored prose."
Abu-Jaber (Origin, 2007, etc.) uses a plot staple of standard-issue domestic melodrama—a family dealing with a runaway daughter—to develop a meticulous, deeply moving portrayal of imperfect human beings struggling to do right. Read full book review >

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ORIGIN by Diana Abu-Jaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 25, 2007

"Haunted, moving crime fiction."
A moody thriller from Arab-American Abu-Jaber (The Language of Baklava, 2005, etc.) that transposes the author's usual questions of identity onto a young lab tech who believes she was raised by apes. Read full book review >

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LIFE WITHOUT A RECIPE by Diana Abu-Jaber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2015

"A delectably warm and wise memoir."
An award-winning novelist tells the deliciously candid story of her unconventional path to motherhood. Read full book review >

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THE LANGUAGE OF BAKLAVA by Diana Abu-Jaber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2005

"Food as a way to remember or a way to forget—either way, Abu-Jaber gets it just right."
Stories of family and food that spread out like pancake batter on a griddle are about "grace, difference, faith, and love," writes Abu-Jaber (Crescent, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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ARABIAN JAZZ by Diana Abu-Jaber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"The other elements in this mishmash (visiting Jordanians on a credit-card rampage, poor whites tormenting themselves with coathangers and booze) only add to the confusion."
You're an Arab-American writing about your community in your first novel. Read full book review >

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DIANA by Jane Fincher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 1998

"Others may be moved to a contemplation of the peculiar modern fixation with celebrity. (500 color photographs)"
In one of what will undoubtedly be a host of tributes on the anniversary of her death comes a collection of several hundred color photographs of "the people's princess," taken by the only female photographer granted access to Diana by Buckingham Palace. Read full book review >

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DIANA by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"And unless it's simply a makeweight being used to fulfill a contractual obligation, it's hard to understand why Fuentes allowed it to be published."
A roman Ö clef distinguished, so to speak, by feet of the samenot to mention other bodily parts lubriciously (if not lovingly) described. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2000

"A guarded, and frequently routine, presentation of a life that might receive a more searching treatment after it ends."
Financial Times literary editor Dalley presents this detailed portrait of the charming and elusive Lady Diana Mosley—highborn society beauty, writer, and fascist. Read full book review >

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CONFESSIONS by Rabee Jaber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2016

"A novel that explores questions of identity, memory, and blame and leaves many of those questions unanswered."
A young boy is adopted by the man who gunned down his family in this searing novel about the Lebanese civil war. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2007

"Delgado brings an intriguing perspective to a complicated situation, but these notes could use polishing."
A veteran who was honorably discharged as a conscientious objector lays out a case against the Iraq war. Read full book review >