Search Results: "Julia Lovell"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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JULIA GLASS
by Kerri Arsenault

Julia Glass, author of A House Among the Trees, speaks to me wearing sweaty badminton clothes. Marblehead, Massachusetts, where she lives, operates one of the few remaining private badminton clubs—Gut‘n Feathers—in the United States. “If I have a routine, it’s not writing; it’s playing badminton as often as I can,” she says. Her love of the sport mirrors the ...


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HOT NEW RELEASES
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

This week I’m wishing desperately to be at BEA, but since I can’t manage that, I’m immersing myself in some great reads. You too?

Over the past month, I was lucky enough to get my hands (and ears) on a few new releases from some favorite authors.

If you’ve had the chance to read any of these, I’d ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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 >