Search Results: "J. Samia Mair"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CAIRO HOUSE by Samia Serageldin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Serageldin's richly observed study of a family and culture in transition and crisis succeeds both as ironical Proustian reminiscence and as a telling exploration of the ambiguities of status, loyalty, and belonging."
The postwar history of Egypt is skillfully woven into this evocative first novel's portrayal of a wealthy Cairo family's susceptibility to the winds of political change. Read full book review >

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BETTE by George Mair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Not so much a tell-all biography as a fawning and amateurish show-and-tell. (24 pages photos, not seen)"
A third-rate biography of a second-rate talent. Read full book review >

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7 FANTASY BOOKS HEADING TO FILM AND TV
by John DeNardo

As readers, the idea of our favorite books being turned into film and television production frightens us and excites us. It's scary because so many things can go wrong that could result in – gasp! – an unfaithful adaptation. Yet that doesn't stop us from being excited because we get to re-experience the stories we love. Here are ...


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The Treasure of Mad Jack Halloran by Malcolm Mair
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"An often lively romp that concludes the adventures of Lucy and her ever-present phantom friend."
A ghost story for middle-grade readers about a young girl and an unlikely crew hunting for a centuries-old pirate's treasure. Read full book review >

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DAVID GARROW
by Gregory McNamee

Barack Obama has been portrayed as being many things over his life and political career. Some have thought him flippant, coasting by on charm and glibness. Others have thought him suspect. Admirers and detractors both have found him aloof, though very few have doubted the fact of his formidable intelligence.

And admirers and detractors alike have also found Barack Obama ...


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JUAN RULFO
by Richard Z. Santos

Douglas Weatherford, translator of the first English-language version of Juan Rulfo’s second novel The Golden Cockerel, knows that Rulfo isn’t a household name. And Weatherford thinks that’s a tragedy.

“It’s important for English speaking readers, especially in the U.S., to discover Juan Rulfo. For some unfortunate reason he never reached the same acclaim as Jorge Luis Borges, Isabel Allende ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Mair does have a good, gut feel for the raw and often brutal workings of big business, but his overarching narrative clunkiness undoes him."
Despite backroom machinations, swashbuckling deals, and towering personalities, this tepid biography is far from being a thriller-diller. Read full book review >

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HORSE HOOVES AND CHICKEN FEET by Neil Philip
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"An interesting collection that will attract some readers because of the origin of the tales (and the usefulness of the origin notes) but the collection lacks the spice necessary to make it a first choice. (Folktales. 8+)"
These 15 tales are well-documented and authentic in terms of sources, basic plot, and so forth, but the telling is flat and stilted and the finale of each often seems forced and anti-climactic, ending rather unceremoniously. Read full book review >

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I HAVE A NEWS by Walter Jekyll
NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The sheer exuberance of both the lyrics and the illustrations generally need no explanation. (Music; notes on rhymes) (Folklore/Poetry/Picture book. 5+)"
A refreshing realism pervades this lyrical collection of Jamaican folk tunes. Read full book review >