Search Results: "Simi K. Rao"


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AN INCURABLE INSANITY by Simi K. Rao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"An often intoxicating, if narrowly focused, will-they-or-won't-they tale."
In Rao's debut novel, an arranged Indian marriage sets the stage for an intimate look at the exasperating madness of love. Read full book review >

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YORUBA GIRL DANCING by Simi Bedford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Evocative story of coming-of-age, cultural transformations, and continuities."
Funny, touching debut by a Nigerian-born resident of London: a young Yoruba girl goes off to a posh English boarding-school after WW II to learn English ways in preparation for life in her soon-to-be-independent nation. Read full book review >

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MY BODY POLITIC by Simi Linton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2006

"Wholly enjoyable."
The struggles, joys and political awakening of a firecracker of a narrator who has spent her adult life in a wheelchair. Read full book review >

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CHAMBERMAID by Saira Rao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

"Most people have their own boring jobs to worry about without having to read about someone else's—at least Miranda Priestly was fun."
The devil wears judicial robes in this unoriginal law clerking exposé, penned by a former clerk to an appeals judge. Read full book review >

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AEROSTAR AND THE 3 1/2-POINT PLAN OF VENGEANCE by Peter Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"The farce is frantic to the point of being labored, but there's still plenty of room in the Captain's Underpants for this gang of fellow travelers. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
New threats to their small town, both in the present and the future, again send squabbling frenemies Alex, Herbert and Sammi—aka the intrepid AlienSlayers—through the wormhole in Alex's backyard. Read full book review >

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THE RISE AND FALL OF EL SOLO LIBRE by Peter Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"More lightweight farce, with a good chance of further sequels. (Science fiction. 7-11)"
The three squabbling young time travelers introduced in Herbert's Wormhole (2009) again save their future hometown from alien invaders. Real ones, this time. Read full book review >

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HERBERT'S WORMHOLE by Peter Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"While it's not as funny as it thinks it is, it could function as a next step after Scieszka's series. (Science fiction. 7-11)"
When ten-year-old Alex Filby zaps the last alien in his Alien Slayer 2 game, his parents celebrate—not because he won, but because Alex promised to play outside for the rest of the summer if he finished the game. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1981

"This, like the rest of the story, goes down painlessly."
The Jane Yolen of the precious fairy tales tries her hand here at the kid detective story and turns out the standard, fast-reading product she apparently intended. Read full book review >

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"A generally clear-minded, empowering book by a sympathetic professional who might well cause readers to wish he were their family doctor."
A physician shares anecdotes—some sentimental, some dry-eyed—about his youthful patients and their parents. Read full book review >

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AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"Stunning and relentless."
Rao's debut story collection illuminates how the division of India and Pakistan into two countries violently disrupted the lives of the region's citizens for years. Read full book review >

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IN HANUMAN’S HANDS by Cheeni Rao
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2009

"Unraveling through alleyways, crack houses and treatment centers, Rao's story provocatively blurs the lines between myth and reality."
Cultures clash as Hindu gods take center stage against a backdrop of modern American drug addiction. Read full book review >