Search Results: "Jess Mikhail"


BOOK REVIEW

FLORENTINE AND PIG by Eva Katzler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"A mouthwatering menu, but not much else. (foreword to parents) (Picture book. 6-8)"
With help from her silent porcine buddy, a young cook concocts picnic treats—some of which are more yummy than feasible. Read full book review >

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MIKHAIL AND MARGARITA by Julie Lekstrom Himes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite vivid prose, Himes' debut seems to wander aimlessly, unconvincing and bleak."
An imagined relationship between a great Russian writer and the inspiration for one of his characters. Read full book review >

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JESS AND THE STINKY COWBOYS by Janice Lee Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Young readers will be seeking sequels. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Deputy Jess and her aunt Gussy have been left in charge of Snake Gulch by Jess's father, the Sheriff. Read full book review >

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JESS WAS THE BRAVE ONE by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Told with vigor and gentle humor, an unusually fresh look at a perennially interesting theme. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Jess loves thunderstorms and can be counted on to take a strange dog in stride; her older sister Claire—blessed with what her dad terms ``an overactive imagination''—``bleats'' at a tree's windy heights and anticipates a shot as ``a dagger,'' not the ``mosquito bite'' the doctor promises. Read full book review >

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JESS, CHUNK, AND THE ROAD TRIP TO INFINITY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Well-meaning and timely but not as strong as Meredith Russo's If I Was Your Girl and Brie Spangler's Beast (both 2016). (Fiction. 12-16)"
A trans girl artist goes on a road trip with her fat best friend and publicly dresses as her true self for the first time. Read full book review >

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FIRST LOVE by Mikhail Roshchin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Wonderfully controlled writing that vividly evokes all the turmoil of first love, as well as the way it was at school and home in a particular time and place."
A slender tale of an ``impossible'' first love predictably doomed and moving, yet refreshingly unsentimental, by Russian playwright Roshchin. Read full book review >

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ALL THE KREMLIN'S MEN by Mikhail Zygar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Certainly for Kremlinologists but also for readers wishing to better understand how Putin's Russia has come to look so much like the old Soviet Union."
A veteran journalist and former editor-in-chief of Russia's only independent TV news station paints a revealing group portrait of the entourage influencing Vladimir Putin. Read full book review >

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MEMOIRS by Mikhail Gorbachev
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"It leaves a deep impression of a remarkable and decent human being trying to improve a system that wasn't. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An almost unprecedented event: the autobiography of a general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, which is not only filled with information and assessments unobtainable elsewhere, but is also candid, wry, ready to admit mistakes, and unusually revealing about the nature of power at the top of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >

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EVERY HUNTER WANTS TO KNOW by Mikhail Iossel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1991

"Still, a notable debut."
A promising first collection of stories in English by recent Russian ÇmigrÇ Iossel that together form an impressionistic picture of growing up in an increasingly cynical and malfunctioning Soviet Union. ``Beyond the Pale'' introduces the narrator, young Jewish dissenter Yevgheny Litovtsev, or Zheka, living in Leningrad and forced to do demeaning jobs while he struggles to write. Read full book review >

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I KNOW SASQUATCH by Jess Bradley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Despite its clever multimedia illustrative style reminiscent of the Knuffle Bunny books, this forgettable story lacks the substance to recommend it beyond a cursory source of cuteness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The truth about Sasquatch is revealed. Read full book review >

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BECAUSE... by Mikhail Baryshnikov
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2007

"Radunsky's trademark offbeat artistry makes him a perfect partner in this charming pas de deux. (Picture book. 4- 7)"
A little red-headed boy is embarrassed by his grandma every day of the week. Read full book review >

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THE NAKED PIONEER GIRL by Mikhail Kononov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Outrageously funny for the first few chapters, but wears very thin and becomes quite tedious in short order: Kononov's humor depends on familiarity with the pomposities of Soviet mythology that will be lost on most Americans."
Over-the-top first novel from Russia that butchers an entire stockyard full of sacred communist cows in its account of the military and erotic exploits of a 15-year-old girl during the Siege of Leningrad. Read full book review >