Search Results: "Lia Levi"


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THE JEWISH HUSBAND by Lia Levi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Dramatic material that has been better explored elsewhere, notably in Giorgio Bassani's 1962 novel The Garden of the Finzi-Continis."
Levi's English-language debut, 2001 winner of the Moravia Prize in Italy, uses a romance to dramatize the plight of Jews under Mussolini. Read full book review >

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OTHER PEOPLE'S TRADES by Primo Levi
Released: May 1, 1989

In this posthumous collection of essays selected by the author (d. 1988) from pieces originally appearing in the Turin newspaper La Stampa, Levi treats subjects as diverse as writing, fear, insects, word processors, exams, and chess. Read full book review >

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BLACK DOG by Levi Pinfold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A great pick for storytime, bedtime, anytime. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pinfold's story has a timeless quality despite its entirely original flair, with sumptuous paintings and thumbnail embellishments adding narrative and descriptive content. Read full book review >

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SEPTIMANIA by Jonathan Levi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"A thoroughly intellectual postmodern fable, wise yet melancholy, meant to be read slowly and savored."
In Levi's (A Guide to the Perplexed, 1992) long-awaited second novel, a failed Ph.D. candidate, expelled from Cambridge's Trinity College, learns he's king of Septimania, the land given to the Jews of eighth-century France by Charlemagne.Read full book review >

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A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED by Jonathan Levi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Promising but flawed."
A debut novel from the American co-founder of Granta that, appropriating its title from the work by the great Talmudic scholar Maimonides, provides an ingenious if metaphorical twist to the events of 1492. Read full book review >

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TENNYSON by Peter Levi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Levi's tact, good sense, respectful insight, and talent for the telling detail would have won even the heart of Tennyson himself, whose special aversion was biographies."
Acknowledging his debt to Robert Bernard Martin's Tennyson (1980), Levi (formerly, Poetry/Oxford Univ.; The Frontiers of Paradise, 1988, etc.) dispels the biographical fog emitted by Tennyson descendants, apologists, and idolaters, and—in a relatively brief but penetrating analysis—reveals the man behind the icon, the poet laureate whose odd appearance and eccentric behavior distanced him from the intimacies his fame encouraged. Read full book review >

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GREENLING by Levi Pinfold
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Chilling and thought-provoking, this picture book for older readers invites discussion. (Picture book. 9 & up)"
When a green baby creature appears on their remote Australian farm, the Barleycorns take it in, nurture it, and become part of its natural world—at least for a season. Read full book review >

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THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO LIVING by Lia Hills
FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"A well-crafted story from a new voice. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Seventeen-year-old Will is desperate to find meaning in life following the sudden death of his mother. Read full book review >

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STAR WITNESS by Lia Matera
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1997

Say this for Willa Jansson (Last Chants, 1996, etc.): She doesn't shrink from the big cases. Read full book review >

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COUNSEL FOR THE DEFENSE by Lia Matera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Matera."
In her brief introduction to this nine-story retrospective, the chronicler of upscale attorney Laura Di Palma and struggling-scale attorney Willa Janssen explains that several of them began life as full-fledged novels, and it shows. Read full book review >

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A HARD BARGAIN by Lia Matera
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1992

"From one of the more interesting new voices in detective fiction: a downbeat but welcome respite from the mystery-by-formula crowd."
A grim third novel from the skillful Matera, who, here, examines noncommunication—with oneself and with everyone else—and its disastrous outcome. Read full book review >