Search Results: "Nelly Stéphane"


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ROLAND by Nelly Stéphane
Released: June 15, 1958

"Little Roland has an extraordinary gift with the crayon. In fact, whatever he draws comes to life. A delightful knock, but at times it gets complicated, for outside of his ability to draw poor little children the gifts they could normally not afford, he also threatens his mother with turning her tidy home into a menagerie of animated creatures. Roland compromises in the end, but not until he and his renders have enjoyed an afternoon of most lively Gallic whimsy.</p>"
<p>There is no doubt about it. Read full book review >

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SONG OF THE WATER SAINTS by Nelly Rosario
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Some jarring structural shifts aside, an engaging and memorable first from a passionate young talent."
Effervescent debut about the lives of three women in a Dominican family. Read full book review >

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SEE THROUGH by Nelly Reifler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"With her strong New York literary scene connections (as Paul Auster's assistant and coeditor) and her obvious talent, Reifler is bound to receive serious attention for these chiseled tales."
Fourteen stories range from photographically realistic to Kafkaesque, as newcomer Reifler casts an unflinching eye on the damage caused by the imperfect morality of her characters, adult and child both. Read full book review >

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SCISSORS by Stéphane Michaka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Daring and impressive."
Loosely based on the life of Raymond Carver, this book is more than a love triangle—it's a love polygon?—of a writer, his work, his editor, his significant other and alcohol. Read full book review >

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DISASTER FALLS by Stéphane Gerson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"An unflinchingly honest, moving memoir of loss and recovery."
How the author and his family overcame the loss of a child. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Nevertheless, this is a welcome and necessary essay in provocation—a lively, readable hornet-stirring in defense of free expression."
The late Charlie Hebdo editor, murdered two days after completing this book, speaks about self-censorship, oppression, and religious zealotry.Read full book review >

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COUPLE MECHANICS by Nelly Alard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"More jaded and demanding than most American domestic tragicomedies, this novel packs a surprising emotional wallop, raising questions about the natures of passion and marriage within the context of early-21st-century French politics with references to France's Muslim veil controversy and Simone de Beauvoir."
The title perfectly captures the tone of French author Alard's second novel, which examines a marriage in crisis as if it were a working, or perhaps broken, machine. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Ruth Minsky Sender's To Life, 1988). (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In Toll's remembrance, art equals hope: her happy family pictures, painted in the secret room where she and her mother hid from the Nazis and the Poles, show extraordinary preteen talent (some of the 29 powerfully evocative paintings reproduced here now hang in Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Israel) as well as the will to survive. Read full book review >

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REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST by Stéphane Heuet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Inviting enough to make readers seek out the novel—which means Heuet has done his job."
This comic-book version of Proust's masterpiece caused quite a stir when it first appeared in France, but the hoopla is undeserved. Read full book review >

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CORRESPONDENCE by Paul Celan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Poignant reading and an absolute must for anyone interested in 20th century literature or the effects of the Holocaust on those it touched."
A slender but important volume of nearly all the letters that passed between Nelly Sachs, a Nobel laureate in literature, and Paul Celan, one of the greatest poets of this century. Read full book review >

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WHORE by Nelly Arcan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Hard to get a handle on this very French-feeling, waiflike work that teases like a meal the anorexic Cynthia isn't allowed to swallow: ill-nourished fiction, overall, suggesting unconvincingly that this 'caged life is the only one possible.'"
A seemingly interminable (in spite of its size) and sophomoric exercise in automatic writing pursuing the existential woes of a 20-year-old escort-cum-prostitute. Read full book review >