Search Results: "Lara Vapnyar"


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BROCCOLI AND OTHER TALES OF FOOD AND LOVE by Lara Vapnyar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2008

"Flavorful amuse-bouches from a talented chef."
Russian émigré Vapnyar follows her story collection There Are Jews In My House (2003) with this second small collection: six stories about immigrants in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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STILL HERE by Lara Vapnyar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Definitely smart, fairly entertaining, but not likely to expand the author's audience."
An exploration of life, death, and social media from the author of The Scent of Pine (2014) and Memoirs of a Muse (2006). Read full book review >

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THE SCENT OF PINE by Lara Vapnyar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Slight in girth but not in depth."
In Vapnyar's (Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love, 2008, etc.) latest novel, a simplicity of narrative—two strangers share their lives over a weekend together—belies the complexity of interwoven themes and ideas. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL FROM LONG GUYLAND by Lara Reznik
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 23, 2012

"An exciting tale of past crimes and dangerous friendships."
In Reznik's debut novel,a woman confronts long-buried secrets when an old college friend commits suicide. Read full book review >

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MERCY by Lara Santoro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"More persuasive as polemic than as fiction."
The life of a burnt-out, boozy, under-performing journalist in Africa is turned around via her involvement with an AIDS campaigner. Read full book review >

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MERCY by Lara Santoro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"More persuasive as polemic than as fiction."
The life of a burnt-out, boozy, under-performing journalist in Africa is turned around via her involvement with an AIDS campaigner. Read full book review >

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THE WAITING SKY by Lara Zielin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"Exciting storm scenes may appeal to weather buffs, but there are so many dysfunctional-family books out there that this one feels a bit like a blip on the radar. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A 17-year-old flees her irresponsible, alcoholic mother to summer with her older brother, a tornado researcher. Read full book review >

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ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY by Lara  Avery
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Still, readers who enjoy a dampened-Kleenex conclusion will probably beg for more. (Fiction. 12-16)"
After 17-year-old Bryce strikes her head on a diving platform during a competition, she awakens from a coma five years later to a vastly changed world. Read full book review >

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THE MEMORY BOOK by Lara  Avery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2016

"Indelible. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A high school valedictorian with big plans to flee her small town gets a degenerative genetic disease. Read full book review >

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THE BOY by Lara Santoro
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Apparently meaningful passages mar an otherwise solid effort to tell a compelling story."
A contemporary Mrs. Robinson busies herself destroying lives in a small New Mexican town. Read full book review >

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ALABASTER HOUSES by Lara McLaughlin
Released: June 10, 2011

"A tour de force that makes readers face hard truths about the effect a person's choices can have on her soul."
McLaughlin invites readers on a journey of the heart in this celebration of life, death and what it means to be human. Read full book review >

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DONUT DAYS by Lara Zielin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The whimsical plot stretches credulity in places, as does the virtuousness of Emma's crush, Jake, who never flinches in his loyalty to Emma, but Zielin's lighthearted yet substantive portrayals of Emma's struggles with God, family and friendship ring absolutely true. (Fiction. YA)"
In this spirited—and, in an offbeat, somewhat irreverent way, spiritual—offering, readers meet Emma, who, despite the fact that both her parents are ministers at an evangelical church, finds her desire to feel the power of God in a direct and immediate way continually frustrated. Read full book review >