Search Results: "Prodeepta Das"


BOOK REVIEW

A DAY I REMEMBER by Prodeepta Das
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Let the festivities begin! (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Resplendent in his turban and embroidered coat, Swayam, a young Indian boy, acts as the markundi (special attendant) for his uncle's wedding.Read full book review >

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WHEN I GROW UP by Benjamin Zephaniah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A bold, inspiring work for forward-thinking early readers. (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Zephaniah answers that oft-asked adult inquiry, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" with 13 examples of everyday grown-ups following their dreams. Read full book review >

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R IS FOR RUSSIA by Vladimir Kabakov
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"The series is starting to suffer from its now-overfamiliar pattern, but those seeking a glossy, positive image of Russia complete with 'E is for Easter eggs' (with its wooden folk-art eggs contrasted with Fabergé eggs), can glean a sense of contemporary life and the rich history behind it. (Informational photo essay. 6-9)"
Using a combination of Russian and English words to fit into the English alphabet structure, the author tries to summon up a grand picture of Mother Russia. Read full book review >

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B IS FOR BANGLADESH by Urmi Rahman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"The book might be useful to Bangladeshi parents who want to show their North American and British offspring their country of origin, but it doesn't produce an inkling of what life is like for children in Bangladesh now—a shame. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
A is for Ankhee (eyes), B is for Bangladesh, C is for crocodile. Read full book review >

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J IS FOR JAMAICA by Benjamin Zephaniah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Children will come away more attuned to the special character of the island and its people from the more conventional, and systematic, likes of Ann Heinrichs's Jamaica (2003). (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Bright, tourist-friendly photos of happy people at play alternate with views of verdant landscapes, exotic foodstuffs and typical flora and fauna in this alphabetical jaunt to Jamaica. Read full book review >

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DAS KAPITAL by Viken Berberian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"Sophisticated, slightly daffy poke at our Masters of the Universe."
A pretty Marseillaise, a pretty grim Corsican and a happily pessimistic hedge-fund manager get themselves into a pretty fix with world shattering results, in the second novel from Berberian (The Cyclist, 2002). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1982

"The ideal reader, though, would be familiar with the setting or the special branches."
On D-Day the Das Reich, or 2nd Panzer Division, was at Montauban in southern France, 450 miles—and, supposedly, a few days—from the Normandy battlefront. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 16, 2009

"Like good mysteries, this one blossoms petal by petal, while delivering a demur love story in the midst of sinister circumstances."
A well-told, well-paced thriller of treachery and remembrance harking back to the grim final years of World War II Germany. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARX’S DAS KAPITAL by Francis Wheen
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A welcome, brief study of the making of a not so necessarily massive tome."
Marx's text altered the course of history; even today, it finds readers. As Wheen (The Irresistible Con: The Bizarre Life of a Fraudulent Genius, 2005, etc.) notes, quoting a Wall Street banker, "There is a Nobel Prize out there for an economist who resurrects Marx and puts it into a coherent theory." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Das fleshes out the teachings of devotional Hinduism with his own vivid experiences, but sometimes forgets that in narrative art, as in spiritual life, self-justification blocks the light. (40 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
In recounting his life story, Das (born Michael Riggs) takes readers on a romp through mystical India and some of its countercultural counterparts in the US. Read full book review >

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THE DEVOURERS by Indra Das
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Not for the squeamish, Das' debut is an ambitious, unsettling trip into our own capacity for violence."
The line between what it is to be human and what it is to be a monster is frequently blurred in Das' compelling debut novel. Read full book review >