Search Results: "Julia Lovell"


BOOK REVIEW

THE OPIUM WAR by Julia Lovell
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"An astute, bracing history lesson on a conflict that set off the British notion of 'yellow peril' and Chinese victimhood."
The story of "the extraordinary war that has been haunting Sino-Western relations for almost two centuries." Read full book review >

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I LOVE DOLLARS by Zhu Wen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A jaundiced view of post-communist chaos. No heroism, no transcendence, just all-too-human desperation."
Living out a dull, bad dream of botched politics, the stunted characters in these novellas exist in a no-man's-land, halfway between the failed utopia of Chairman Mao and the promise of McDonald's, Macintosh and MTV. Read full book review >

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SERVE THE PEOPLE! by Yan Lianke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2008

"The Chinese Central Propaganda Bureau banned the book in China because it 'slanders Mao Zedong…and is overflowing with sex': You couldn't ask for a better blurb than that."
Satirical novel of love during the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

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A DICTIONARY OF MAQIAO by Han Shaogong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The result is a subtle and smashingly effective critique of the futility of totalitarian efforts to suppress language and thought—and, more to the point, a stunningly imaginative and absorbing work of fiction."
An innovative 1997 novel records its narrator's experiences—as an urban "Educated Youth" relocated among rural peasants—as entries in a descriptive "dictionary." Read full book review >

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JULIA DEFIANT by Catherine Egan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 13, 2017

"This sequel's every bit as thrilling as Book 1. (Fantasy. 13-17)"
A former thief hopes to stop an ancient god from destroying the world. Read full book review >

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DEAR JULIA by Amy Bronwen Zemser
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Bon appetit! (Fiction. 12-16)"
This unconventional coming-of-age story is set largely in the kitchen and peopled by an irresistible cast of eccentric characters. Read full book review >

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RAUL JULIA by Rebecca Stefoff
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 1994

"Index; brief chronology; selected filmography; reading list; b&w publicity photos. (Biography. 11-15)"
An appreciation of this versatile Puerto Rican actor, who has appeared in a great variety of plays, films, and television shows; in tragedies, political thillers, romantic comedies—and whatever genre The Addams Family falls into. Read full book review >

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JULIA VANISHES by Catherine Egan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 7, 2016

"For those readers waiting for the sequel to Marie Lu's The Rose Society (2015), a well-realized page-turner in the same vein. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A 16-year-old con artist is tested by the political and supernatural drama she can't avoid. Read full book review >

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JULIA GILLIAN by Alison McGhee
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"A fresh, winsome heroine learns a lesson about facing her fears in this first of an anticipated series. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nine-year-old Julia Gillian goes out of her way to avoid unhappy endings. Read full book review >

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LOSING JULIA by Jonathan Hull
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2000

"Pretty stale stuff, but those perfectly pitched nursing-home scenes linger in the memory."
Former Time journalist Hull's first novel paints a generic portrait of young love and trench warfare, framed by a bracingly unsentimental depiction of old age. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS, JULIA by Marcia Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Still, though some of the early implications are left unexplored, the emotional truths are beautifully underplayed, leaving readers the wrenching task of contrasting Julia's enthusiastic missives with her trail of heartbreak. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Leaving behind her admiring younger sister Jane (15), Julia moves to New York to become a writer. Read full book review >

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JULIA, CHILD by Kyo Maclear
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 2014

"Intriguing for an adult familiar with the real Julia and perhaps for the perceptive child who will understand that it's not about how old you are, or about what you cook, but about what you bring to the table. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A mere hint of Julia Child's collaboration with Simone "Simca" Beck informs this look at how following one's passion can require the fearless enthusiasm of childhood. Read full book review >