Search Results: "Lisa Dillman"


BOOK REVIEW

LISA, LISA by Béatrice Shalit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"French writer Shalit's fifth novel—and first US publication—is an accomplished soap-script that needs fleshing out."
Goodness knows, there's a passel of domestic furor and flurry within this novel's Jewish/French family, who are gathered for a wedding—but somehow the fuss and feathers have no more emotional depth than the plink-plunk of a rapid badminton volley. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Dianne Hales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The breezy tone is a jarring contrast to the considerable scholarship that informs the author's history."
Like many visitors to the Louvre, journalist Hales (La Bella Lingua: A Passionate Journey through the World's Most Beautiful Language, 2009, etc.) was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait and set out to investigate the real Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo: "Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model?...And why does her smile enchant us still?" Read full book review >

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AUGUST, OCTOBER by Andrés Barba
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"This is a coming-of-age novel that can be captivating and possesses many strengths but an equal—perhaps greater—number of weaknesses."
Fourteen-year-old Tomás' life changes forever while on a beach vacation with his family in award-winning Spanish writer Barba's (Rain Over Madrid, 2014, etc.) newly translated novel. Read full book review >

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SUCH SMALL HANDS by Andrés Barba
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A darkly evocative work about young girls, grief, and the unsettling, aching need to belong."
A newcomer to an all-girls orphanage invents a violent game for the other children to play each night. Read full book review >

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THE SCROLL OF SEDUCTION by Gioconda Belli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An intricate, sexy historical narrative, exploring the triumph of individual will over masculine coercion."
Nicaraguan poet, novelist and memoirist Belli (The Country Under My Skin, 2002, etc.) offers a beguiling feminist take on the frustrated life of a 15th-century Spanish queen. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"A satisfying novel."
Narrated by a savant rescued from a feral existence by a woman who discovers her in the basement of the house she inherits in Mazatlán, Mexico, this is a novel of ideas masquerading as a story about sustainable tuna fishing. Preposterous as that sounds, it's an assured and satisfying debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I, MONA LISA by Jeanne Kalogridis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A clever reworking, though not completely convincing."
Kalogridis (The Borgia Bride, 2005, etc.) chronicles the perils of young Lisa di Antonio Gherardini long before she became the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting. Read full book review >

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THE MULE by Juan Eslava Galán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2008

"Galán's portrait of war's brutality and absurdity echoes both Hemingway and Heller, but he gives the narrative his own cynical and idiosyncratic spin."
A stubborn and engaging army corporal tries to survive the Spanish Civil War in this U.S. debut by a veteran Spanish novelist. Read full book review >

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ZIG ZAG by Jose Carlos Somoza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2007

"As in previous novels, Somoza (The Art of Murder, 2006, etc.) tweaks literary conventions and metaphysical matters as much as scientific theories. The suspense and thrills he creates are deliciously intellectual rather than visceral."
A group of scientists try to manipulate time and space, with deadly and far-reaching results. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Letizia Galli
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Some additional facts are provided at the end, but no specific references are cited. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
In a work subtitled ``The Secret of the Smile,'' readers learn a lot about Leonardo da Vinci, but little about his painting of the woman called Mona Lisa. Read full book review >

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STEAL BACK THE MONA LISA! by Meghan McCarthy
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This melodramatic adventure will keep young readers riveted. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Definitely a dream but no less exciting for that, this freewheeling escapade sends a lad in pursuit of international art thieves. Read full book review >

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MY REAL NAME IS LISA by David Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"TV rights to CBS, which will sharply improve the TV movie by shifting more of the menace from the opening episodes to the end."
A year after six-year-old Lisa Taylor is kidnapped, computer exec Peter Howard sees a man treating a little girl in a way that looks suspicious to him. Read full book review >