Search Results: "S.M. Plokhy"


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YALTA by S.M. Plokhy
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 8, 2010

"Fresh research drives this scholarly study of the complex blend of Yalta's personalities and ideas."
An astute reappraisal of the Yalta Conference. Read full book review >

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SEA CHANGE by S.M. Wheeler
Released: June 18, 2013

"A weird, operatic coming-of-age fantasy streaked with sexuality, pain and heroism; perhaps the awkward arrival of a new voice."
When her best friend, a talking sea monster, disappears, Lilly must embark on a sequence of self-sacrificing quests to release him, starting with the removal of her reproductive organs. Read full book review >

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MOONHORSE by Mary Pope Osborne
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"In carefully composed airbrushed paintings, this first-time illustrator appealingly combines the astronomy lesson with a sense of adventure and awe, nicely extending Osborne's gracefully phrased text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Still another child explores the night sky with a fabulous companion—here, a white winged horse who helps her draw the moon across heavens populated by constellations, shown as they might have appeared in old engravings pricked out with shining stars. Read full book review >

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THE LAST EMPIRE by Serhii Plokhy
NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2014

"The author provides fascinating details (especially concerning Ukraine) about this fraught, historic time."
A dour, authoritative look at the last bitter months of 1991 leading up to the Soviet Union's collapse. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WITH THE POISON GUN by Serhii Plokhy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A thrilling, well-researched tale of espionage that has all the spycraft hallmarks of a blockbuster movie."
The story of Ukrainian Bogdan Stashinsky's rise from an agricultural student to a KGB assassin who defected to the West in 1961. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A dense history that may lose readers not versed in Russian history, but for students and scholars, Plokhy continues to show that he is the master of this terrain."
A timely work of impeccable research that elucidates the Russian impulse toward regaining lost lands under a powerful myth of origins. Read full book review >

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THE GATES OF EUROPE by Serhii Plokhy
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A straightforward, useful work that looks frankly at Ukraine's ongoing 'price of freedom' against the rapacious, destabilizing force of Russia."
A sympathetic survey of the history of Ukraine along the East-West divide, from ancient divisions to present turmoil. Read full book review >

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THE LAKE AND THE LIBRARY by S.M. Beiko
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2013

"This ghost story will be attractive to readers well-versed in esoteric dreaming but frustrating to those who need a more tangible foundation. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A teen romance rooted in the bizarre turns deadly in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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SCION OF THE FOX by S.M. Beiko
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A smart, complex, animal-based fantasy. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A Winnipeg teenager discovers her magical heritage—and that she's marked for death. Read full book review >