Search Results: "Julia Lovell"


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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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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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SKY BURIAL by Xinran Xue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2005

"A picaresque fairy tale with elements of National Geographic, but also lovely, spare and mystical."
A romantic quest, begun in Mao's China, turns into an epic of endurance—and a spiritual parable. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Prolix, tangential and engrossing, Xinran's interviews offer an invaluable social history that textbooks don't reveal."
London-based Chinese journalist Xinran (Sky Burial: A Love Story of Tibet, 2005, etc.) gathers her emotional, informative interviews with Chinese elders. Read full book review >

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FIRE IN THE CANES by Glenville Lovell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1995

"A promising debut, entertaining if somewhat self-conscious in craft."
A spirited tale of the post-slavery West Indies from first- novelist Lovell, a playwright-dancer and Barbadian native now living in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND DEATH IN BROOKLYN by Glenville Lovell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Over-the-top prose plus overheated plot plus oversexed characters equals one guilty pleasure."
A former cop probes the shooting death of a charismatic city councilman. Read full book review >

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SONG OF NIGHT by Glenville Lovell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 1998

"Despite some fine passages, generally overwritten and overwrought."
From a Caribbean-born writer (Fire in the Canes, 1997), a maudlin tale of a passionate woman whose strong emotions eventually lead to tragedy. Read full book review >

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BESS OF HARDWICK by Mary S. Lovell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2006

"A fascinating life within an endlessly fascinating era."
Biographer of the Mitford sisters, Amelia Earhart and Beryl Markham, among others, Lovell offers here a thoroughgoing, readable account of an extraordinary matriarch of Elizabethan times. Read full book review >

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THE SISTERS by Mary S. Lovell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Many empty calories in this airy confection. (16 pages b&w photographs, not seen)"
In prose so light that sentences nearly float up from the page, Lovell (A Rage to Live, 1998, etc.) chases the Mitford sisters (Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah) hither and yon, from mansion to prison, from Hitler's hideaway to the top of the bestseller lists. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The Burtons inhabit these pages, not as ghosts, but as presences. (photos, not seen)"
A refreshing historical narrative, from Beryl Markham biographer Lovell. Read full book review >