Search Results: "Elena Poniatowska"


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THE SKIN OF THE SKY by Elena Poniatowska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"A great concept, but it reads like Poniatowska gave up in the middle of the second draft."
A poor young man grows up to be an eminent astronomer. 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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HERE’S TO YOU, JESÚSA! by Elena Poniatowska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Ho-hum as either fiction or history."
First English edition of a 1969 novel by the renowned Mexican author (Tinisima, 1996): a fictionalized life of a soldadera who followed the Mexican Revolution's soldiers on campaign that reads like a poorly edited oral biography. 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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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 >

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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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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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SANTA'S MIDNIGHT SLEIGHRIDE by Elena Pasquali
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Pasquali's talents deserve better than this erratically applied gimmick. (Board book. 18 mo.-3)"
Santa Claus makes a few deliveries on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >