Search Results: "Jenny Diski"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DREAM MISTRESS by Jenny Diski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 1999

"An elaborate tale, finding humor in the odd corners created when what's real and what isn't converge: a story that both disturbs and delights."
From the inventive, darkly acerbic, cunningly erotic Diski (Monkey's Uncle, 1995; an acclaimed memoir, Skating to Antarctica, 1998; etc.) comes this story of the chance encounter of a mother and daughter, long apart, who pass mutually unrecognized but are nonetheless affected by what transpires. Read full book review >

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THE SIXTIES by Jenny Diski
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Though Diski sounds melancholy notes ('young is a phase the old go through') and closes on a note of resignation, her elegant book might inspire readers—and not just those who were there—to try to remake the era anew."
A slender meditation on the 1960s—part of Picador's Big Ideas/Small Books series. Read full book review >

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SKATING TO ANTARCTICA by Jenny Diski
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 27, 1998

"Diski's Antarctica-of-the-mind is such a place."
Antarctica is not so much a destination as a symptom in this intense, disturbing memoir of a wickedly unpleasant childhood. Read full book review >

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IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"Sometimes rueful, often oblique, but provocative and highly readable."
A winding but elegant valediction from Diski (What I Don't Know About Animals, 2011, etc.), known as a literary journalist and chronicler in England, now resigned to a short tenure on Earth as a "canceree." Read full book review >

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AFTER THESE THINGS by Jenny Diski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2005

"An elegant, multifaceted discourse on narrative, God and free will, and where the three occasionally meet."
Diski continues her examination of Old Testament figures (she began with Abraham and Sarah in Only Human, 2001), focusing this time on Isaac and Jacob. Read full book review >

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STRANGER ON A TRAIN by Jenny Diski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Wry, graceful commentary on the oddity of the human condition."
A British writer in search of solitude takes two epic train journeys across the US, only to find herself inexorably drawn into a community of strangers. Read full book review >

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ONLY HUMAN by Jenny Diski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Original and thought-provoking."
The always intriguing Diski (Skating to Antarctica, 1998, etc.) retells the Old Testament of Sarah and Abraham, creating both a moving love story and a postmodern exploration of the idea of narration. Read full book review >

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MONKEY'S UNCLE by Jenny Diski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"An imaginative look at the carefully crafted absurdities of a deranged mind, with judicious dashes of humor and pathos."
With one foot through the looking glass, an engaging new novel from Diski (Nothing Natural, 1987, etc.) with a whimsical, if sometimes distressing, view of insanity. Read full book review >

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JUMPING JENNY by Ellen Bari
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Bari's story of one girl's approach to the Jewish principle of 'tikkun olam' (literally, 'repair the world') will resonate as readers watch Jenny achieve her exhausting, triumphant success. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl channels her exuberance and excessive pogo-stick jumping into a worthy fundraising venture. Read full book review >

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PRICKLY JENNY by Sibylle Delacroix
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2015

"With its small trim size, this empathetic offering might be just the thing for little ones to take off by themselves when they're feeling prickly. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A girl is in low spirits all day. Read full book review >

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JENNY & LORENZO by Toni Steiner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"An uneven story about an unlikely friendship. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A spunky little mouse befriends a big cat in this European import. Read full book review >