Search Results: "Giovanni Pontiero"


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MANUAL OF PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Saramago writes beautifully, and his style is ruminative—not for every taste, but definitely for those who appreciate finely wrought, meditative prose."
Nobel Prize-winning author Saramago explores art and the meaning of life in a posthumous release of his first novel. Read full book review >

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THE LIVES OF THINGS by Giovanni Pontiero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2012

"Though some of the stories work well on their own, the collection will mainly interest those already very familiar with the author and his novels."
This slim collection of early, experimental stories represents a footnote on the career of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, who died in 2010. Read full book review >

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MY FRIEND THE PAINTER by Lygia Bojunga Nunes
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1991

"Her subtle transitions between present, past, and dream-world may not always be easy for young people to follow, and the focus on adults may not attract a wide following; but for the special reader, a rich, poetic glimpse of universal feelings filtered through an unfamiliar culture. (Fiction. 10+)"
Claudio, 11, remembers his dear friend, a painter who lived in the apartment upstairs, and tries to come to terms with his suicide. Read full book review >

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RACISM 101 by Nikki Giovanni
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 1994

"Unfortunately, though, without the cutting edge consistently applied, these views of society and culture tend to ramble and reminisce more than drive the point home, leaving a favorable—but less than lasting—impression."
From bestselling poet Giovanni, recently appointed professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic: over two dozen short essays, personal and political, on topics ranging from Spike Lee's Malcolm X to matters of family and friends While working primarily in the public realm by writing about various aspects of American life as she has encountered them in the past few years, Giovanni also leaves room for more intimate ruminations: on moving to Virginia; on the vagaries of teaching poetry; or on the significance of buying a candy-red sports car. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 2017

"Science and anecdote intertwine in this close examination of the bonds that bind humans together."
How and why intimacy is important in life. Read full book review >

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THE SOUL BOX by Giovanni Raccuglia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2013

"A deft novel about philosophy and the cutting edge of medicine."
In thisdebut novel, a cancer researcher tackles difficult ethical issues. Read full book review >

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MADNESS VISIBLE by Janine di Giovanni
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 17, 2003

"Wholly memorable, entirely unsettling: one of the best pieces of reportage to come from the Balkan abattoir."
A searing chronicle of a decade's worth of ethnocide in the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >

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IF by Rudyard Kipling
by Rudyard Kipling, illustrated by Giovanni Manna
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"The poem is widely available in collections, but this rendition—an ethereal alternative to the edition illustrated with photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr. (2007)—makes a lovely keepsake. (introduction) (Picture book. 8-12)"
Though at times symbolic or only obliquely related to the adjacent lines, Manna's graceful images lend luminous visual notes to Kipling's stately prescription for maturity. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Before closing with an unlikely feel-good ending the jury reaches a verdict, but readers—children too, though the author more pointedly addresses parents, politicians and school administrators—may want to continue the discussion. (Folklore. 9-11, adult)"
In a stout defense of the value of art, Giovanni literally puts the ants on trial for leaving the grasshopper out in the cold. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS BY DAYLIGHT by Janine di Giovanni
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2011

"A plainly told, occasionally exotic tale of love gone awry."
A war correspondent's struggle to leave the battles behind and embark on a life of motherhood. Read full book review >