Search Results: "Marguerite Abouet"


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AYA by Marguerite Abouet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2007

"A smart and sweetly comic glimpse of a time and place in Africa that get little attention in the West."
A young woman navigates shallow men, self-destructive friends and the newly erected class ladder in the prosperous city of Abidjan. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1993

The thesis of this meticulous and admiring biography is that Yourcenar (b. Read full book review >

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AKISSI by Marguerite Abouet
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Strong stomachs are a prerequisite. Even the strongest will be left both queasy and sore from laughter. (Graphic short stories. 7-10)"
Ivory Coast-born Abouet (Aya, 2007, for adults) dishes out bursts of simultaneous hilarity and horror in African vignettes aimed at a younger audience. Read full book review >

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BURNING MARGUERITE by Elizabeth Inness-Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2002

"First-novelist Innes-Brown is a fine writer, and fully succeeds in realizing her characters lives, yet her prose is sometimes emotionally desultory: a thick languor acts as a shell in which the intensities of her scenes and moments are glimpsed but not felt."
Inness-Brown (stories: Here, 1994, etc.) offers a closely drawn, richly imagined study of two characters—a young man and the elderly woman who raised him—on a remote island in New England. Read full book review >

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HERMAN AND MARGUERITE by Jay O'Callahan
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

Herman and Marguerite ($15.95; April 1996; 36 pp.; 1-56145-103-7): The subtitle of this book is ``An Earth Story,'' but this is really a lowdown tale of friendship between a worm and a caterpillar. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2013

"A solid contribution to the history of the early republic."
Sturdy biography of an important, long-overlooked figure in the early development of the United States. Read full book review >

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DEAR DEPARTED by Marguerite Yourcenar
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Yourcenar intertwines these intricately imagined lives with issues in European thought and politics that will strike many as arcane—making this one of her less interesting works, though two follow-up volumes have yet to be published here. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Yourcenar's re-creation of her ancestors' lives in 19th- and 20th-century Belgium, published in France in 1974, is unlikely to appeal to many American readers as it fails to relate directly to the experience of the late French Academy member (1903-87), author of Two Lives and a Dream, 1987; Mishima, 1986, etc. Opening with the Zen koan ``What did your face look like before your father and mother met?,'' the 70-year-old Yourcenar attempts to unearth the seeds of her being in the lives of her parents and ancestors, most of whom she never knew. Read full book review >

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EMILY L. by Marguerite Duras
Released: May 15, 1989

Duras (The Lover; The War, etc.) here offers a wise, graceful book, at once modern in its self-consciousness and classic in its clarity. Read full book review >

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ADOPTION STORY: A Son Is Given by Marguerite Ryan
Released: May 2, 1989

An adoptive mother's own account of every adoptive parent's nightmare: the birth mother changes her mind months after the newborn settles in; the adoption agreement appears to be legally shaky; all parties end up in family court. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"For die-hard Duras fans only."
A slim memoir of a revitalizing love affair, overwhelmed by intellectual overkill. Read full book review >

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SUMMER RAIN by Marguerite Duras
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Slight and silly and adrip with intellectual attitude."
Duras, in an afterword, explains that this present book was written as a kind of appendage to and reworking of a movie she'd made, The Children. Read full book review >