Search Results: "Suketu Mehta"


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MAXIMUM CITY by Suketu Mehta
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 2004

"Bombay is the only city in India, Mehta observes, where more people want to lose weight than gain it. Though this overlong work could stand to shed a few pounds itself, it's rich with insight and unfailingly well-written."
An ambitious portrait of the megalopolis—one that, like its subject, contains worlds but is too big and too crowded for comfort. Read full book review >

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A VED MEHTA READER by Ved Mehta
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Too many pieces here are too mired in the time when they were written to endure."
paper 0-300-07561-8 Longtime New Yorker writer Mehta (Remembering Mr. Shawn's New Yorker, 1998, etc.) takes on the "awkward task"of selecting pieces representative of his 40-year career. Read full book review >

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ALL FOR LOVE by Ved Mehta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Moving and honest, if a trifle claustrophobic: Mehta's scrupulous attention to detail makes his account astonishing vivid and real, although many of the particular details (e.g., the prostate treatments he underwent to overcome his supposed impotence) are a tad more informative than necessary."
Four Girls and a Doctor: Mehta offers his recollections of the mostly unhappy love affairs that preoccupied his early years in New York, and of the psychoanalyst who helped him get over them. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Pugnacious in tone and irreverent in critique, Mehta clearly loves her home and is maddened by it. (First serial to Vogue; author tour)"
Short essays about the ``alarming speed with which India is changing,'' by an admired novelist (A River Sutra, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE STOLEN LIGHT by Ved Mehta
Released: March 7, 1989

The sixth volume of Mehta's personal/family history, which picks up after he has left the Arkansas School for the Blind (Sound-Shadows of the New World, 1985) and joined his physician father in California. Read full book review >

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HOW OPAL MEHTA GOT KISSED, GOT WILD, AND GOT A LIFE by Kaavya Viswanathan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2006

"Once Viswanathan, currently a Harvard sophomore, figures out how to integrate her lively voice into a more original story, she'll be on her way."
A Mean Girls clone with a neurotic Indian-American heroine determined to get to the top. Read full book review >

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QUARANTINE by Rahul Mehta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2011

"A rich study of family ties, romantic failings and cultural disconnection told in crisp, clean prose."
Debut short-story collection explores the lives of gay Indian-American men caught between multiple cultures. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 1998

"Still, the high level of quality Shawn managed week after week is matchless, and Mehta effectively captures that era."
A fond remembrance of legendary New Yorker editor William Shawn and the changes that brought about his dismissal, by a former staff writer who spent three-and-a-half decades at West 43rd Street. Read full book review >

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UP AT OXFORD by Ved Mehta
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 1993

"First Class degree give it a bittersweet, sometimes slightly forced, quality."
An engaging memoir of life at Oxford University in the 50's, by the prolific—and blind—Indian-born Mehta (The Stolen Light, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >

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A RIVER SUTRA by Gita Mehta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"Subtle profundity in a beautifully evoked setting—and powerfully understated."
A deceptively simple second novel from author-filmmaker Mehta (Raj, 1989) that—with gentle good humor—addresses an age-old big subject: the workings of the human heart. Read full book review >

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NO OTHER WORLD by Rahul Mehta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Good, if muffled by an overcomplicated structure and a talky narrator."
Members of an Indian immigrant family in upstate New York struggle with their individual fates and burdens over two decades. Read full book review >

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THE RED LETTERS by Ved Mehta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A story of enough provocative, sensual grace to have fueled Scheherazade for a 1,002nd night."
Finding universals in the particulars of a father's short dalliance with a married woman, framed within the context of late-colonial India. Read full book review >