Search Results: "Elena Maslennikova"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"A profoundly disappointing tale. (iPad storybook app. 4-8) "
A fluffy and inconsistent story about a little mermaid diva. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"A well-tempered introduction to music's far-reaching influence on man, beast and cosmos."
Preliminary but striking investigations into the effects of music on everything from string theory to a baby's cry, from documentarian Mannes. Read full book review >

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Becoming a Queen by Elena Buckley
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A cloying fable better suited for a bedtime story."
The fictional tale of a young woman who attains her childhood dream of becoming a queen. Read full book review >

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RUSSIAN TATTOO by Elena Gorokhova
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Without the flair of Gary Shteyngart or the urgency of Anna Politkovskaya—of some interest but modestly so."
In her second memoir, St. Petersburg native Gorokhova (A Mountain of Crumbs, 2010) chronicles a decadeslong clash of cultures between Russia and America.Read full book review >

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MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS by Elena Bonner
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 13, 1992

"Not a literary success, but worthwhile for its historical value. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A coming-of-age memoir by the widow of Andrei Sakharov— tedious in stretches and haphazardly organized, but ultimately fascinating for its intimate view into the turbulent history of Stalinist Russia. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Frank, funny and revealing of relations between—and among—the sexes."
A 30-something comedic actress explores her sexual orientation. Read full book review >

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PAUL NEWMAN by Elena Oumano
Released: April 18, 1989

In the celebio sweeps, Oumano's Paul Newman follows Paul and Joanne (1988) by Joe Morella and Edward Z. Epstein, who brought warmth and a light touch to their portrait of a pair of very serious actors. Read full book review >

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HANG MY HEAD AND CRY by Elena Santangelo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

A second historical foray for time-traveling Philadelphia office drudge Pat Monsella, whose move to the antebellum Virginia estate Magnolia that Shelby's arranged to leave her (By Blood Possessed, 1999) brings on (1) dreams that take her back to life on the estate over a century ago as seen through the eyes of slave's son Emancipation Jackson; (2) alternating narratives that toss the story back and forth between 1871 and the present; and (3) a skeleton unearthed from Miss Maggie's that brings the Reconstruction back to life in even more vividly unsettling ways. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 1992

"One of those personal records, refreshingly idiosyncratic and frank, that does more to foster understanding than any number of more ponderous and ambitious studies."
The dying days of Communism—as observed by Russian ÇmigrÇ Romine, whose anecdotal but perceptive account traces the pervasive disaffection, cynicism, and mixed emotions that marked that dramatic time. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES by Elena Passarello
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Passarello manages to chronicle humanity's cavalier exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals without getting preachy in the process—no mean feat. If only the entirety of the book reflected the gifts the author demonstrates at her best."
An essayist populates a bestiary of an ark with famous animals from history, all celebrated by humans even as we harnessed and exploited them. Read full book review >