Search Results: "Michelle Hartman"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WEIGHT OF PARADISE by Iman Humaydan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Humaydan's newest novel is an engaging, if sometimes-clunky, portrait of life in one battered corner of the Middle East."
A suitcase found in an old Beirut building changes one woman's understanding of her city, her life, and the world at large. Read full book review >

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WILD MULBERRIES by Iman Humaydan Younes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"A messy work that will not enhance Younes's reputation."
Set in 1930s Lebanon, this short formless offering from the Lebanese author of B as in Beirut (2007) is a diffuse mood piece until it lurches into a helter-skelter chronicle of domestic upheaval. Read full book review >

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THE NINETY-NINTH FLOOR by Jana Fawaz Elhassan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An intimate and intense novel that shines a light on both the overt and hidden tensions of the Middle East."
Two star-crossed lovers—one Lebanese and the other Palestinian—meet in New York and try to reconcile their contentious romantic and political feelings in this novel from a Lebanese author who's never been translated into English before. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS COCA-COLA by Michelle Hartman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2012

"Chreiteh is a fresh voice in the Arab world, though either she or translator Hartman is overly addicted to exclamation points that give far too many sentences an inflated and artificial oomph."
The title refers to an advertising slogan, one that appears on a billboard in Beirut, for the ubiquitous soft drink. Read full book review >

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JUST LIKE A RIVER by Muhammad Kamil al-Khatib
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"The story sags under discursive laments about the oppression of women and the tragedies of emigration and alienation, but its subtle creation of an atmosphere of eternally recurring conflict and sorrow explains why this affecting little work is considered a landmark in modern Arabic fiction."
A mosaic portrait of life in Damascus during the early 1980s accretes from the brief character vignettes that compose this terse 1984 novel by a prominent Arab fiction writer and critic. Read full book review >

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SHADOW SCALE by Rachel Hartman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Dragon fiction has never flown higher. Seraphina's adventures may be over, but here's hoping there are more Goreddi tales to come. (map, cast of characters, glossary) (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Having come to terms with her own heritage, both dragon and human, Seraphina is back for more, following her eponymous first outing (2012). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"These gifted players sadly remain too faceless."
The saga of the first-call Los Angeles session musicians who powered some of the biggest hits of the 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"A provocative work, tinged with sadness and anger."
Somber meditation by a descendant of slaves who journeyed to Africa to understand her past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"One soldier's chaotic life serves as an instructive microcosm of the American military experience in Vietnam."
Hartman effectively captures the hectic life at a medical clearinghouse in this exhaustive journal of his in country experiences during the Vietnam War. Read full book review >