Search Results: "Nella Bielski"


BOOK REVIEW

ISABELLE by John Berger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1998

"This quirky volume, which is sparsely but handsomely illustrated with its subject's own line drawings, is flawed by occasional Middle Eastern mystical fatuousness, but nevertheless offers a crisp, intriguing portrait of an extraordinarily enigmatic and interesting woman."
Subtitled A Story in Shots, this trim "novel" is in fact a screenplay whose scenes describe the brief, impassioned life of 19th-century traveler and adventuress Isabelle Eberhardt. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR IS ’42 by Nella Bielski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Bielski's tone lends grace to her project, but, sans supporting detail, it seems an affectation that leaves the whole feeling rather pointless."
The currents of WWII alter the lives of a German officer and a Russian doctor, in a poignant but thin tale by Ukrainian author Bielski. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 1992

"Melodramatic, certainly, but the message is still timely."
A striking collection of two novels and three short stories, the entire output of a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, who was the first African-American woman to be awarded a Guggenheim fellowship (in 1930), and whose literary career had ended by 1933. Read full book review >

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CANDY PINK by Adela Turin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A simplistic, well-meaning tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
First published in Italy 40 years ago, this picture book challenges sexism with a story about an anthropomorphic elephant who subverts her community's notions about what girls should look like and how they should behave. Read full book review >

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A MEMORY OF WAR by Frederick Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Busch at his best: nobody does it better."
A legacy of suffering, betrayal, and guilt inexorably pursues, and shapes, the protagonist of Busch's powerfully developed 19th novel (The Night Inspector, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"With its oblique storytelling, crescendo of female empowerment and wrenching ending, this novel establishes Burton as a fresh and impressive voice; book groups in particular will relish it."
A talented new writer of historical fiction evokes 17th-century Amsterdam, the opulent but dangerous Dutch capital, where an innocent young wife must navigate the intrigues of her new household. Read full book review >

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THE MERMAN by Carl-Johan Vallgren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A grim and moving contemporary fairy tale."
A Swedish teenager tries to protect a merman from their violent surroundings. Read full book review >

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BLOOM by Kelle Hampton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2012

"Sunny and inspiring."
A mother's optimistic account of the first year of life with her daughter, Nella, who was born with Down syndrome. Read full book review >

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DEFIANCE by Nechama Tec
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A remarkable story of a great leader, as well as of a neglected aspect of WW II. (Eleven halftones, two line drawings— not seen)"
Powerful account by Holocaust survivor Tec (Sociology/Univ. of Connecticut; In the Lion's Den, 1989, etc.) of the operations of a Jewish partisan group in WW II Belorussia. Read full book review >