Search Results: "Rachel Boehm"


BOOK REVIEW

GHOST OF A SMILE by Deborah Boliver Boehm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Despite a few moments of icky sentimentality, newcomer Boehm's fascinating subject matter, engaging cast, unerring prose, and superb sense of voice make for a compelling read."
A witty, well-crafted fictional debut from an accomplished journalist, translator, and memoirist (A Zen Romance: One Woman's Adventures in a Monastery, 1996): eight stories, all set in contemporary Japan, that chronicle supernatural occurrences in the often-lonely lives of educated urbanites. Read full book review >

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THE CHANGELING by Kenzaburo Oe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"Kogito, ergo sum. He thinks and remembers and imagines. Therefore, he is."
Once again introspection and autobiography are transmuted into compelling fiction in the latest from Japan's 1994 Nobel laureate (Somersault, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2012

"A provocative though speculative thesis related in a chatty, occasionally repetitive style."
Boehm (Anthropology and Biological Sciences/Univ. of Southern California in Los Angeles; Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior, 1999, etc.) probes the origins of human conscience and altruism. Read full book review >

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RACHEL HULIN
by Megan Labrise

Fancy a Dangerous Liaisons-styledelicacy? Rachel Hulin’s epistolary debut features some lip-smacking secrets between brother and sister.

“I love epistolary novels,” says Hulin, author of Hey Harry, Hey Matilda. “I always try to think about how to get that voyeuristic voice without letters...but it just feels like you’re not getting in there. I really want to be in ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE HUNGER ANGEL by Philip Boehm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2012

"Müller's work is not without flaws. Leo's sexual orientation is not well integrated into the narrative; his post-camp experiences are too compressed. The novel is still a notable addition to labor camp literature."
This novel of the Gulag was first published in Germany in 2009, the same year that its German-Romanian author won the Nobel Prize. Read full book review >

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THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"An essential work of post-Iron Curtain literature and a harrowing portrait of life under suspicion."
Atmospheric, lyrical novel from Nobel Prize-winning writer Müller (Traveling on One Leg, 1998, etc.) of life in Romania during the closing days of the Ceausescu dictatorship.Read full book review >

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WILLENBROCK by Christoph Hein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Interesting glimpse of daily life behind the ruins of the Iron Curtain, though a bit ponderous and overheated in the end."
A law-abiding Berliner is pushed over the edge by the Russian punks who have taken over his town in this German Dirty Harry by Hein (The Tango Player, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEATH IN DANZIG by Stefan Chwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Although Americans may find the historical terrain quite foreign, Chwin's is a masterful and important work that brilliantly highlights the power of fate and the true anguish it can cause."
The first English translation of renowned Polish novelist Chwin is a portrait of the bitter history of Danzig, the German city in Poland that suffered as much from the peace of 1945 as from the war that preceded it. Read full book review >

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HERE COMES MRS. KUGELMAN by Minka Pradelski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2013

"A melancholy yet life-affirming story from the ashes of the Holocaust."
Pradelski debuts with a novel that makes flesh and blood of the Jewish citizens of pre-World War II Bedzin, Silesia Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"Boehm avoids the pitfall of trying to overawe us with Zen wisdom and instead gives us her own eloquent sense of elusive, fleeting Zen moments and her attempts to grasp the ungraspable."
Journalist and former editor of Eastwest magazine Boehm succeeds in writing a worthwhile variation on the familiar theme ``An American in Japan.'' Boehm's romance is partly with Zen monasticism and partly with Zen monks. Read full book review >