Search Results: "Michael Berry"


BOOK REVIEW

NANJING 1937 by Zhaoyan Ye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A moving and fascinating account of tragic love, narrated with a minimum of sentimentality and a good sense of history well captured in the fluid, unobtrusive translation."
Celebrated Nanjing novelist Ye Zhaoyan makes his US debut with a romance set against the backdrop of the 1937 Japanese invasion of China. Read full book review >

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TO LIVE by Yu Hua
by Yu Hua, translated by Michael Berry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2003

"Yu Hua is an internationally celebrated author, but this English version of his work doesn't tell us why."
A Chinese Everyman's progress from self-indulgent irresponsibility to resignation and the beginning of wisdom is briskly in a 1993 novel known in other parts of the world as the source of the highly successful film. Read full book review >

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REMAINS OF LIFE by Wu He
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A brilliant but immensely challenging work, of great interest to students of contemporary Asian fiction—and of the literature of atrocity and remembrance as well."
"A massacre involves a fundamental betrayal of life by life itself": searing experimental novel by the pseudonymous Taiwanese writer Wu He. Read full book review >

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WILD KIDS by Chang Ta-Chun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The latter has been compared to Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, but it's actually much closer in spirit, if not in artistry, to James T. Farrell's grimly fatalistic Studs Lonigan."
Translator Berry's informative introduction to these "Two Novels About Growing Up" emphasizes their popular Taiwanese author's multiple celebrity, both as radio and TV personality and as creator of the best-selling trilogy that contains them. Read full book review >

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OTHERMOON by Nina Berry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"More substantial and satisfying than it looks. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Readers who've been desperate to learn what happens next to teen shape-shifter Desdemona Grey and her band of Otherkin (2012) will find plenty to enjoy in the action-packed sequel. Read full book review >

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ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME by Julie Berry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"A tale of uncommon elegance, power and originality. (Historical thriller. 12 & up)"
Eighteen-year-old Judith Finch gradually reveals the horror of her two-year disappearance in a stunning historical murder mystery and romance. Read full book review >

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THE EMPEROR'S OSTRICH by Julie Berry
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Readers looking for easy laughs will find them here. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
What do you do with an emperor who has "the heart of a rotten onion and the spine of a soup noodle"? Read full book review >

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THE POETRY OF WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS OF RUTHERFORD by Wendell Berry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Of interest to poetry neophytes and newcomers to Williams' work, less so to seasoned readers."
A personal and critical homage to a giant of American poetry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2007

"A riveting account of the bluegrass bluebloods who embodied Lincoln's prewar notion of a 'house divided' more than he ever expected."
A compelling collective biography of the Kentucky in-laws of Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND THE CROSSED WIRES by Linda Berry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 18, 2009

"Droll dialogue from Hen and Trudy (Death and the Family Tree, 2007, etc.) and a rather sweet rendering of small-town life. Still, the motive is a bit shaky, and a major clue is all but shouted from the rooftops early on."
Ungodliness erupts during a baptism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Blue-sky speculation on the grandest possible scale."
Travel to the stars, long a staple of SF, is the subject of this optimistic look at our race's future. Read full book review >