Search Results: "Linda Asher"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CASE OF DOCTOR SACHS by Martin Winckler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Our inherent fascination with medical stories aside, Winckler's patiently detailed exploration of a life lived almost solely for others makes his low-keyed tale as heartwarming and life-affirming an experience as it is an unpretentiously realistic one."
A piecemeal portrait of the days of a provincial French physician, this appealing 1997 novel (the second by its relatively late-blooming author, himself a retired doctor) won France's Prix du Livre Inter (just how many French literary prizes are there, by the way?) and was the basis for a highly popular recent film. Read full book review >

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THE CURTAIN by Milan Kundera
Released: Feb. 7, 2007

"On bright display are Kundera's vast reading, his passion for his art and his disdain for the ordinary."
A celebrated Franco-Czech novelist considers the history of the novel and worries about its future. Read full book review >

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ENCOUNTER by Milan Kundera
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Shows that bright shards of clear prose can serve as windows into the unknown."
A collection of essays, book, music and art reviews, ruminations and recollections by the celebrated Franco-Czech novelist (Ignorance, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE FESTIVAL OF INSIGNIFICANCE by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"This strangely amusing novella has the power to inspire serious efforts to find significance in the very book in which it is so perversely denied."
Forgotten tyrants and blatant belly buttons have equally playful roles in this deceptively slight, whimsically thoughtful tale of a few men in Paris not doing or saying much. Read full book review >

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IGNORANCE by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2002

"An honorable failure: Kundera's taking himself too seriously is offset by his ability to change the subject again and again—though, at end, nothing adds up to much."
Czech émigré Kundera (Identity, 1998, etc.) returns to Prague for this hodgepodge of romance, history, and philosophy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"Asher's well-written account of this evolution of understanding makes for a useful contribution to the small but growing body of work on Anglo-Native American legal interaction. (2 maps)"
A solid, specialized contribution to American Indian legal history. Read full book review >

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WHAT LIGHT by Jay Asher
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Though apparently titled for the line from Romeo and Juliet, this second solo outing for the author of Thirteen Reasons Why is not a love story for the ages. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Love, hope, and forgiveness are under the tree this Christmas. Read full book review >

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ALL OF US AND EVERYTHING by Bridget Asher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"An entertaining yet astute look at family, self, story, and connections."
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, three generations of Rockwell women sift through their histories—real, imagined, rumored, and written—and discover that, like storms, life is impossible to control. Read full book review >

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THE PROVENCE CURE FOR THE BROKENHEARTED by Bridget Asher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2011

"Unabashedly romantic and unafraid of melancholy, Asher's book is a real charmer about a Provencal house that casts spells over the lovelorn."
In an affecting story about loss, a young widow goes to Provence to renovate her family's home—and hopefully fix her heart. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Brief bios of the authors appear at the end, with pictures of them as they were when they were girls—a nice touch. (Essays/poetry. 10+)"
This collection, with writers famous and not, suffers from the usual: the material is very uneven; and most of it has a Message writ so large that the story gets lost. Read full book review >

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OUT OF HERE by Sandy Asher
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1993

"With its inviting short- story format, like compelling snapshots of real life, this yearbook reaches far beyond Oakview High's graduating class. (Fiction. 12+)"
A bit of conversation here, a sighting there, a romantic entanglement resolved offstage between one story and the next- -this is the accomplished amble Asher takes through the hallways and classrooms of a typical high school. Read full book review >