Search Results: "Gary Shteyngart"


BOOK REVIEW

GARY by Leila Rudge
Kirkus Star
by Leila Rudge, illustrated by Leila Rudge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"This convivial and gentle story about differences is a needed addition to collections about challenging the norm or upending physical expectations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A racing pigeon who can't fly dreams of travel but ultimately finds—and shares—his own way to adventure. Read full book review >

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SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY by Gary Shteyngart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"When Lenny realizes 'I can't connect in any meaningful way to anyone,' he's writing about not merely a technological breakdown but the human condition, where the line distinguishing comedy from tragedy dissolves."
This cyber-apocalyptic vision of an American future seems eerily like the present, in a bleak comedy that is even more frightening than funny. Read full book review >

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LITTLE FAILURE by Gary Shteyngart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Though fans of the author's fiction will find illumination, a memoir this compelling and entertaining—one that frequently collapses the distinction between comedy and tragedy—should expand his readership beyond those who have loved his novels."
An immigrant's memoir like few others, with as sharp an edge and as much stylistic audacity as the author's well-received novels. Read full book review >

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THE RUSSIAN DEBUTANTE’S HANDBOOK by Gary Shteyngart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Ambitious, funny, intelligent, in love with irony and literary allusions, as if by a lighter Nabokov."
First-novelist Shteyngart casts a cold eye alike on Clinton-era aimlessness and free-enterprise excess in Eastern Europe. Read full book review >

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ABSURDISTAN by Gary Shteyngart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2006

"Leaves a very sour aftertaste—but that's probably the point."
Disappointing follow-up to The Russian Debutante's Handbook (2001) sends another Soviet-born Jewish protagonist to another global hot spot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GARY AND RAY by Sarah Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Lovely. (Picture book. 3-8)"
All the other animals seem to have family or friends with whom to interact, but Gary the gorilla has no one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"To be illustrated with black and white photos. (Index, notes, Web sites, bibliography) (Biography. 12+)"
In an above-average entry to an established series and a useful, modestly engaging biography, the author demonstrates that a careful, close reading of the Paulsen oeuvre and the judicious mining of selected biographical details can be shaped into an involving read. Read full book review >

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GARY COOPER by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"The book's lifeless prose suggests great haste and no small lack of interest. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The indefatigably prolific Meyers (Bogart: A Life in Hollywood, 1997, etc.) continues to work his way through the major icons of American film. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GARY JENNINGS’ AZTEC RAGE by Robert Gleason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2006

"If the Aztecs are enraged, it's because one of them read this improbable mess."
Answer "no" immediately if someone asks, "Would you like to know . . . about the men I have killed, the women I have loved, the fortunes I have made . . . and stolen?" Read full book review >

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GARY BENCHLEY, ROCK STAR by Paul Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A snapshot of what it means to be young, smug and oh-so-trendy, circa 2005."
A wry debut about self-absorbed twentysomethings who ditch bourgeois gigs in data entry for rock-'n'-roll dreams. Read full book review >

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Gary Sees History-A Child's Journey by Gary Hooker Jr.

"A refreshing antidote to political cynicism."
In this illustrated political memoir for kids, debut author and fifth-grader Hooker learns about politics and experiences history firsthand. Read full book review >

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LAKE WOBEGON SUMMER 1956 by Garrison Keillor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Think Huckleberry Finn in hormonal overdrive, or Penrod with a perpetual erection. They won't be assigning this one in elementary schools, but adults of all ages should find Keillor's refreshingly impudent Americana just about irresistible."
You really can hear the hushed resonant voice of the genial host of NPR's Prairie Home Companion reciting this latest episodic chronicle of growing up in rural Minnesota. Read full book review >