Search Results: "Lydia Chukovskaya"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Ultimately these journals cohere as great works of portraiture: a picture of one of the century's most toweringly moral artists, suffering at full tide, without a jot of self-pity."
Equal certainly to Eckermann's table talk with Goethe and Boswell's journals about Dr. Johnson, Chukovskaya's indispensable log of her friendship with the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova— an act of literary and personal fidelity accomplished under the most insanely difficult circumstances—is finally available here in translation, and few books are quite as illuminating both of horror and genius. Read full book review >

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THE SHIMMERS IN THE NIGHT by Lydia Millet
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"Nicely serious eco-fantasy; may volume three have more cohesive internal logic. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The seemingly three-tiered conflict that emerged in Fires Beneath the Sea (2011) coalesces into a single war in this earnest but somewhat haphazard middle volume. Read full book review >

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THE KEYS TO MY KINGDOM by Lydia Dabcovich
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 1992

"A straightforward-looking presentation of an old favorite with a couple of nice extra dimensions. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-8)"
The traditional chant appears here in three languages (English, French, Spanish) and is given a new ``key'': artist's tools, wielded by a pigtailed young artist who can be found in each picture, following the route described and finally arranging the flowers in the basket and using her paints to depict what she has seen. Read full book review >

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WHENEVER I'M WITH YOU by Lydia Sharp
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A hopeful premise damaged by an improbable plot and unlikely characters. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When SoCal native Gabi moves to Alaska, she expects to always be a fish out of water, but in just a short time, she learns to call the frozen tundra home. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 1992

"Minatoya, though eloquent and sometimes moving, only flags along on the steep path of introspection."
A finely worded memoir of coming to terms with a Japanese heritage, by a Japanese-American who's a community-college counselor in Seattle. ``Feudal Japan floats around my mother,'' Minatoya writes. ``It followed her into our American home and governed my girlhood life....In that feudal code, all females were silent and yielding.'' But Minatoya is an American brought up on ``iconoclastic choice and irrepressible hope,'' uncomfortable with ``being in-between.'' Here, her spiritual journey begins with memories of growing up in Albany in the 1950's and of the tragic figure of a grandmother she knew only from one photograph. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"Inspirational—though Brontâ's largely anecdotal evidence may not convince everyone of the joys of aging."
An optimistic view of the graying of America, created by focusing on the success stories of a select group of working elderly. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A heartwarmingly inspirational tale."
A former magazine editor tells the story of how, at the height of the Great Depression, her great-uncle trained a group of young women from rural Oklahoma to become college basketball stars. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >