Search Results: "Lydia Netzer"


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SHINE SHINE SHINE by Lydia Netzer
Released: July 17, 2012

"Talky uplift and a self-congratulatory tone bog down the novel, but through compelling characters, Netzer raises a provocative question: Is autism a disability, a gift or the norm of the future?"
Netzer's debut, about a heavily pregnant woman left to care for her dying mother and autistic son while her Nobel-winning husband travels to the moon, takes the literary concept of charmingly quirky characters to a new level. Read full book review >

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CATALYST by Lydia Kang
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 24, 2015

"Kang wraps up her duology neatly and satisfyingly, but the intrigue lingers—which is also satisfying. (Dystopian suspense. 12-18)"
In a dystopian future, a breed of genetically altered humans struggles for freedom and survival. Read full book review >

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VARIETIES OF DISTURBANCE by Lydia Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"An initially off-putting collection that gradually becomes habit-forming."
More dauntingly opaque but often brilliant snippets and meditations from MacArthur recipient Davis (Samuel Johnson Is Indignant, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON IS INDIGNANT by Lydia Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Outsiders, self-doubt, and alienation: all form the bedrock upon which Davis sets up an off-kilter, edgy universe distinctly her own."
Translator, novelist, and short-fiction specialist Davis (Almost No Memory, 1997, etc.) assembles another fine collection of 54 wry, haunting pieces, old and new, brief and long, nearly all previously published. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGENESS OF BEAUTY by Lydia Minatoya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

"They don—t propel the reader forward, but they are informative."
Minatoya (the memoir Talking to High Monks in the Snow, 1992) debuts in fiction with a pleasantly told, highly detailed, risk-free, and autobiographical "I-story" of Etsuko in the years between the world wars. Read full book review >

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OMNIVORES by Lydia Millet
Released: May 7, 1996

"Perhaps next time she'll tell us something we don't already know."
Canadian first-novelist Millet debuts with an absurdist carnival lambasting modern American mores—a rollicking farce featuring a present-day damsel in distress, with nary a serious thought in evidence. Read full book review >

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HOW THE DEAD DREAM by Lydia Millet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A hymn to love and an elegy for lost species, but not much of a novel."
A story of extinction from Millet (Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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MERMAIDS IN PARADISE by Lydia Millet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"An admirable example of a funny novel with a serious message that works swimmingly. Dive in."
A Caribbean honeymoon turns into a media circus over a mermaid sighting in this laser-focused satire from Millet (Magnificence, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >

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THE FIRES BENEATH THE SEA by Lydia Millet
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"A lush and intelligent opener for a topical eco-fantasy series. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Nature and science in a vivid Cape Cod setting create layers of meaning as 13-year-old Cara and her brothers confront the puzzle of their mother's disappearance. Read full book review >

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CASANOVA by Lydia Flem
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A thoughtful and intelligent examination of the great lover, but more effective as analysis and literary criticism than as biography."
Flem, a Franco-Belgian psychoanalyst and author, takes a bit of a busman's holiday with this biography/critique of the 18th century's most famous rake. Read full book review >

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LOVE IN INFANT MONKEYS by Lydia Millet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Noble intent, interesting idea, disappointing execution."
Short fiction from risk-taking novelist Millet (How the Dead Dream, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >