Search Results: "Masha Gessen"


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HALF A REVOLUTION by Masha Gessen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

"Of sociological significance, no doubt, for Russophiles and students of Soviet history; but, for most, only thinly rewarding."
Finally, in the post-glasnost era, Russian women are taking a stand against the male-dominated literary establishment and publishing their own anthologies—a courageous act that may turn them into heroines, if not great writers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2009

"An engrossing examination of an enigmatic genius."
The story of Russian mathematical prodigy Grigory Perelman, who solved a problem that had stumped everyone for a century—then walked away from his chosen field. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Though the narrative offers a depressing picture of Russian Jews, it is packed with wonderful stories of strength, intelligence, and impressive perseverance."
Moscow-born Gessen (The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, 2015, etc.) addresses the story of the Jewish struggle for autonomy in Stalin's Russia. Read full book review >

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WORDS WILL BREAK CEMENT by Masha Gessen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"An uneven but revelatory introduction to the story, though certainly not the last word."
A Russian-American journalist faces considerable challenges in telling the story of a punk band that most know only by its notorious name. Read full book review >

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THE BROTHERS by Masha Gessen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"There are no pat answers, but Gessen makes it eerily plain to see how simply an atrocity can manifest."
The bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon resulted in a deluge of media coverage, none of which offered a satisfying explanation of why it happened. This book attempts to find an answer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"Credit Gessen with absorbing gobs of information, but this is a case in which a little learning may be a dangerous thing—for the author and her readers."
Unsettling medical memoir by a worried-but-still-well journalist who carries a breast-cancer gene. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2004

"A masterful chronicle of dark and dangerous years, and a distinguished addition to the history of totalitarianism."
A journalist's memoir of her grandmothers also paints an eloquent portrait of two totalitarian powers, the havoc they wrought, and the countless burdens they imposed on ordinary families. Read full book review >

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ALL THE SAD YOUNG LITERARY MEN by Keith Gessen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2008

"A fiercely intelligent, darkly funny first novel."
A debut novel from Russian-born translator Gessen that skewers the literary and romantic ambitions of three well-educated, tightly wound young men. Read full book review >

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THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Masha Hamilton
Released: Nov. 20, 2004

"Thoughtfully written but emotionally distant and overly cerebral."
Hamilton (Staircase of a Thousand Steps, 2003) tracks an American journalist in the Middle East. Read full book review >

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STAIRCASE OF A THOUSAND STEPS by Masha Hamilton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Former AP Middle East correspondent Hamilton writes with striking clarity, using words as carefully as the Bedouin use water to bring a disappearing world to vibrant life. Here, in a luminous debut, are the voices, real and rarely heard, of traditional Arab women."
First novel, set in 1967, about a young Arab girl who dreams of the past—and foretells the future. Read full book review >

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CITY BY CITY by Keith Gessen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 12, 2015

"From Whittier, Alaska, to Williston, North Dakota, to Palm Coast, Florida, these varied essays offer compelling snapshots of how Americans live, move, and work."
In these 37 singular essays, some reading like research papers, others as personal as memoirs, n+1 editor Gessen (All the Sad Young Literary Men, 2008, etc.) and Harvard graduate student Squibb find in certain American cities the crucible of enormous change since the financial meltdown of 2008.Read full book review >