Search Results: "Leela Corman"


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UNTERZAKHN by Leela Corman
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 3, 2012

"Both a work of social realism and a fable with a moral."
The graphic novel as feminist parable, concerning twin sisters who learn the brutal facts of life, set in New York in the early 1900s. Read full book review >

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MY OLD NEIGHBORHOOD REMEMBERED by Avery Corman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"In 1988, Corman contributed an essay to the New York Times Magazine on his Bronx neighborhood, which he reprints here. Lively and concise, it contrasts with the bland and fragmented quality of the rest of the memoir."
Corman (The Boyfriend from Hell, 2006, etc.) returns to the place he fictionalized in The Old Neighborhood (1980) in this affectionate recollection of his youth. Read full book review >

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THE BOYFRIEND FROM HELL by Avery Corman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2006

"After a few fun/creepy first chapters, the manipulated plot seems forced, obvious and lacking in suspense."
As the title declares, Corman's eighth novel (A Perfect Divorce, 2004, etc.) centers on a young New Yorker's rocky relationship with her new boyfriend, who is either a jerk or Evil Incarnate. Read full book review >

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A PERFECT DIVORCE by Avery Corman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Competent. Bland. If only real life were so nice."
Corman returns to the subject of his bestselling Kramer vs. Kramer (1977) in a feel-good story about the long-term results of divorce. Read full book review >

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THE BIG HYPE by Avery Corman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"But hype will help."
Entertaining but far from caustic satire on celebrityhood that finds Corman (Prized Possessions, 1991, etc.) having fun with publishing and show biz. Read full book review >

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PRIZED POSSESSIONS by Avery Corman
Released: Jan. 28, 1990

Date-rape at an Ivy League college is the hot contemporary topic treated with cool levelheadedness—and laced with suspense—in Corman's absorbing fifth novel (The Old Neighborhood, 50, etc.). Read full book review >

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SMELL by Radhika Jha
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Still, newcomer Jha offers a detailed look at an immigrant's life in Paris, both its hardships and pleasures."
The difficult journey to independence of a young Gujarati woman with a remarkable sense of smell. Read full book review >

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FREE FRIDAYS by Pat Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"An unromantic yet hopeful look at the problems and possibilities presented by modern marriage that doesn't fully meet the challenge of its complex premise."
Set among a group of rich African-American Houstonians, Tucker's (Somebody Has to Pay, 2015) novel explores the impact of friends and family on a troubled marriage, for better and worse. Read full book review >

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LEELA'S BOOK by Alice Albinia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2012

"Lively, involving and largely cheerful (despite a graphic rape), but how readers respond will depend in part on their reaction to a white British woman presuming to author sharp satire of Indian culture."
British travel writer Albinia's (Empires of the Indus, 2008) first novel retells the Mahabharata in present-day Delhi. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2012

"Gritty, gripping and often heartbreaking—an impressive piece of narrative nonfiction."
A harsh, cinematic look at the international sex trade. Read full book review >

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ORPHEUS LOST by Janette Turner Hospital
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"The themes of redemption and reconciliation are not quite as electrifying as the author's scary portrait of an America deformed by fear and anger, but a novel that grapples so thoughtfully with such resonant issues demands close attention."
Hospital (North of Nowhere, South of Loss, 2004, etc.) turns the mythical tables, sending a modern-day Eurydice to hellish secret interrogation facilities in search of her Orpheus, a musician suspected of terrorist ties. Read full book review >