Search Results: "Farhana Zia"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILD OF SPRING by Farhana Zia
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"A sweet, authentic Indian slice of middle-grade life. (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Basanta, who splits her time between serving a rich family in her rural Indian town and playing with children less advantaged than she, gives an episodic account of several weeks of her life. Read full book review >

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THE GARDEN OF MY IMAAN by Farhana Zia
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Omissions aside, Zia's gentle message—that Muslims come from many cultures whose observances differ, while the long shadow of 9/11 hovers over all—is timely and beautifully conveyed. (Fiction. 8-12)"
While inviting comparison to Judy Blume's seminal AreYou There God? It's Me, Margaret, this likable tale of an Indian-American girl who fears drawing attention from those hostile toward Muslims focuses on the social consequences of religious identity, rather than faith itself. Read full book review >

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ZIA by Scott O'Dell
FICTION
Released: March 29, 1976

"And Zia's narrative continues the laconic precision and sober beauty we remember from Island of Blue Dolphins."
Zia is a fictional character but spiritual heir to the factually based Karana who returns from the Island of Blue Dolphins only to die without ever being able to adjust to the restrictions of mission life. Read full book review >

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ZIA SUMMER by Rudolfo Anaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 1995

"It's an omission that makes sense: His characters are all too invincibly themselves to be harboring any very mysterious secrets. (Author tour)"
Small-time Albuquerque p.i. Read full book review >

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GULLALI OF PANJSHIR VALLEY by Zia Rehman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A deeply informative tale of a nation's history, told through the eyes of an uncommon woman."
An ambitious debut novel focuses on the sufferings and struggles of an Afghan woman and her family in a time of war. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"Evenhanded, subtle, and engaging, though Zia's interwoven memoir is less compelling than the vast story of these many peoples, laboring mightily to become Americans. (B&w photos, not seen)"
Zia, a Chinese-American and co-editor of the reference Asian American Biography, intertwines a memoir of her own life with an informal history of Asians in America. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 1996

A tantalizing look into a mysterious Indian subculture. Read full book review >

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IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT WE KNOW by Zia Haider Rahman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Beautifully written evidence that some of the most interesting writing in English is coming from the edges of old empires."
War can divide friends. But then again, so can peace and all that falls between, the spaces inhabited by this ambitious, elegiac debut novel by Bangladeshi-British writer Rahman. Read full book review >

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HOT, HOT ROTI FOR DADA-JI by F.  Zia
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"A natural for reading aloud, laced with great tastes, infectious sound effects and happy feelings. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Food, family and storytelling set irresistible hooks in this high-spirited double picture-book debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NAPLES!  by Giada De Laurentiis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"This kicks off a series. Oh, dear. (recipes) (Fantasy. 7-10)"
De Laurentiis should be embarrassed to have her name on this trite, clichéd and overlong story, although it is not clear how much she had to do with the writing. Read full book review >

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A CASE OF EXPLODING MANGOES by Mohammed Hanif
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 22, 2008

"A sure-footed, inventive debut that deftly undercuts its moral rage with comedy and deepens its comedy with moral rage."
Journalist Hanif's first novel is a darkly witty imagining of the circumstances surrounding the mysterious plane crash that killed Pakistan's military ruler, General Zia, in August 1988. Read full book review >