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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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PAPA ALONZO LEATHERBY by Marguerite W. Davol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Davol exaggerates aspects of farm life and from everyday events spins stories like cotton candy: quickly consumed, perhaps quickly forgotten, but sublime on the way down. (Fiction/folklore. 8-12)"
``A Collection of Tall Tales from the Best Storyteller in Carroll County'' is the subtitle whose length and boast suits this book perfectly. Read full book review >

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BLACK, WHITE, JUST RIGHT! by Marguerite W. Davol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

The narrator enumerates qualities inherited from her parents—a face that's ``a little dark, a little light,'' somewhere between Mama's ``chestnut brown'' and Papa's fair skin; hair that's ``halfway in-between'' blond and black. Read full book review >

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MISTY'S TWILIGHT by Marguerite Henry
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 1992

Billed as fiction but more like a fictionalization concerning one of Misty's descendants (dedicating the book to ``Dr. Sandy Price''—the name of the human protagonist here- -encourages that surmise). Read full book review >