Search Results: "Linda Coverdale"


BOOK REVIEW

MASSACRE RIVER by René Philoctète
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"Philoctète's work is not an easy read; although dense with footnotes, for those unfamiliar with the history of the Dominican Republic, the story will remain somewhat opaque."
A haunting, if unsatisfying, novel of the 1937 massacre of Haitians living on the Dominican border. Read full book review >

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LIGHTNING by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2011

"They glitter, but don't expect more."
The latest, very short novel from the French Echenoz profiles the eccentric genius of electrical engineering, Nikola Tesla. Read full book review >

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LA PETITE by Michèle Halberstadt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2012

"A haunting story with a triumphant conclusion."
Touching glimpse of a young life nearly lost and then redeemed. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 11, 2006

"By turns delightful and frustrating."
Uneven follow-up to the Oprah-blessed hit Stolen Lives (2001). Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN'S CAPRICE by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Echenoz gives us a slim series of elegant, tightly written tales, achieving a simple kind of magic."
Seven odd little vignettes that add up to a book of beauty. Read full book review >

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THE CONSOLATIONS OF THE FOREST by Sylvain Tesson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Moving, wise and profound."
A French journalist's eloquently philosophical diary of the six months he spent fulfilling his dream to "live as a hermit deep in the woods" of Siberia. Read full book review >

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LIVES OTHER THAN MY OWN by Emmanuel Carrère
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"When it's about other people, this book often soars, but the somewhat self-satisfied autobiographical 'I' keeps dragging it back down."
The latest from French writer/filmmaker Carrère (My Life as a Russian Novel, 2010, etc.) is an awkward but intermittently touching hybrid of novel and autobiography. Read full book review >

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MAMZELLE DRAGONFLY by Raphael Confiant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2000

"Intriguing and intermittently dramatic, but awfully sketchy. Chamoiseau and Danticat do it better."
An overwhelmingly lush ambiance and its attractive protagonist are the chief pleasures of this otherwise rather lax 1987 novel (and US debut) by Confiant, a Martinican author who will remind many readers of the better-known Patrick Chamoiseau and Edwidge Danticat. Read full book review >

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A PALACE IN THE OLD VILLAGE by Tahar Ben Jelloun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"Poignant meditation on the enduring lure of home and the cost of being left behind."
After decades in France, a Moroccan immigrant yearns to return to his native village. Read full book review >

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VIE FRANÇAISE by Jean-Paul Dubois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2007

"Part realistic novel, part high-class soap opera, and absorbingly readable from first page to last."
The story of a French Everyman is told in this appealing 2004 novel, the first in English translation from a veteran journalist and fiction writer. Read full book review >

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MAKING LOVE by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Edgy prose that elegantly distills a disturbing take on love."
From the author of Monsieur (1991), etc., a moody, often claustrophobic, and viscerally intense evocation of the end of an affair that's begun in France and ends in Japan. Read full book review >

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SPEAK YOU ALSO by Paul Steinberg
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2000

"A sad phenomenology of human degradation."
A former prisoner of Auschwitz recounts his experience in the camp and his hellish transformation into what he calls an "extermination-camp man"—a human sub-species focused solely on survival and lacking all feelings and the attendant care for others. Read full book review >