Search Results: "Elena Mannes"


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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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BY BLOOD POSSESSED by Elena Santangelo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"An author who plots better might make it work."
Pat Montella hates her boss, hates her dead-end job, and is getting desperately down on herself when she receives the letter that changes everything. Read full book review >

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TINISIMA by Elena Poniatowska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"One appreciates the energy and specificity that sparkle throughout, but one misses the novel it might have been."
A dramatic, fast-paced fictionalization of the life of photographer and political activist Tina Modotti, by the Mexican author whose works in English translation include the novel Dear Diego (not reviewed) and the nonfiction Massacre in Mexico (1975). Read full book review >

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LET ME CLEAR MY THROAT by Elena Passarello
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Fun and intelligent but disjointed reading."
A collection of essays by a regional theater actress and writer about the relationship of voice to identity. Read full book review >

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WHAT LANGUAGE DO I DREAM IN? by Elena Lappin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A thoughtful, unique meditation on exile and homecoming."
A Moscow-born, London-based writer and editor's memoir about the impact her peripatetic, multilingual background had on her development. 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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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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A MOUNTAIN OF CRUMBS by Elena Gorokhova
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Articulate, touching and hopeful."
Artful memoir about the angst and joys of growing up behind the Iron Curtain. 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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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 >