Search Results: "Elena Passarello"


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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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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 >

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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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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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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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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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ALL ABOARD THE ARK by Elena Pasquali
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"All in all, a muddled effort. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
Five double-page scenes and matter-of-fact text present the story of Noah and the flood. Read full book review >

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THE OPPOSITE by Tom MacRae
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2010

"Despite a sunny color palate and appealing patterns, the mannered art flattens, rather than elevates, this one-joke text. (Picture book. 5-7)"
British television writer MacRae's first foray into picture books personifies the source of a few common childhood mishaps as "The Opposite," a doughy, beak-nosed imp who does just the reverse of what little Nate intends. Read full book review >