Search Results: "Eugene Vodolazkin"


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LAURUS by Eugene Vodolazkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"With flavors of Umberto Eco and The Canterbury Tales, this affecting, idiosyncratic novel, although sometimes baggy, is an impressive achievement."
Love, faith, and a quest for atonement are the driving themes of an epic, prizewinning Russian novel that, while set in the medieval era, takes a contemporary look at the meaning of time. Read full book review >

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THE HAUNTING OF FALCON HOUSE by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2016

"Eerie and effective. (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
A "found" Russian manuscript recounts a late-19th-century haunting. Read full book review >

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SPRING HARE by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A celebration of the heights of imagination as the eponymous spring hare lives up (and up and up) to its name. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A bright-eyed, tawny hare joins a red-haired, fair-skinned child on a high-flying adventure in Yelchin's first wordless picture book. Read full book review >

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ARCADY'S GOAL by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An uplifting, believable ending makes this companion lighter—but no less affecting—than its laurelled predecessor. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Two survivors of Stalinist oppression attempt to form a family in this companion (not sequel) to the 2012 Newbery Honor-winning Breaking Stalin's Nose. Read full book review >

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HEART OF A SNOWMAN by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Yelchin's visuals are interesting, if occasionally disorienting, but they cannot save this story from melting as thoroughly as any snowman. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little boy learns why snowmen always melt in this out-of-control surreal adventure. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Sound insights into the conservative intellectual reaction to the ascendancy of liberal beliefs in the '60s, and an interesting window into the passions of the times."
A collection of essays, from the 1960s, that provides a conservative perspective on that decade. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"A poor contribution to a serious subject, this may indeed illustrate just how badly Catholic religious life misshapes one's understanding of sexual life—although probably not in the way the author intended."
A short and rather smarmy reconsideration of the traditional Catholic doctrines regarding marriage and celibacy, written by ex-priest Kennedy (My Brother Joseph, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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Cape Deception by Eugene Nordstrom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2015

"A top-notch mystery with ever escalating suspense and a satisfying payoff."
Old money is the target of a calculating stalker in this engrossing thriller. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 29, 2001

"Goodheart writes with disarming gentleness throughout, but his memoir is a forlorn reminder that the Great Books do not necessarily provide moral compasses or solace for the human condition."
A literary critic reflects on his career in the elite circles of the academy, his tenuous connection to Jewish identity, and the vicissitudes of age. Read full book review >

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DISINTEGRATION by Eugene Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Robinson's parsing of the current situation is better journalism than sociology, but it makes for a highly readable, insightful take on race in America."
"Black America, as we knew it, is history." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 1997

"Bernardin's saintliness shines through in this memoir, but less brightly than it might have, had the paradoxes in priestliness only intimated here been more directly addressed. (12 illustrations)"
Kennedy (Psychology/Loyola Univ.) evokes the memory of his friend Cardinal Bernardin in a literary portrait that aspires to poetry and sometimes succeeds. Read full book review >