Search Results: "Valeria Luiselli"


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FACES IN THE CROWD by Valeria Luiselli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2014

"Ultimately, a novel that is no more (or less) than words on the page."
A debut novel that never lets readers forget it's a novel, toying with them on multiple levels. Read full book review >

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SIDEWALKS by Valeria Luiselli
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 13, 2014

"A collection that can't be categorized as memoir or travel writing or literary criticism but cohesively combines such elements and more."
Place, identity and the limitations of language converge in this slim collection of illuminating and incisive essays. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF MY TEETH by Valeria Luiselli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A clever philosophical novel that, as the author puts it, has 'less to do with lying than surpassing the truth.'"
A lively, loopy experimental novel rich with musings on language, art, and, yes, teeth. Read full book review >

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TELL ME HOW IT ENDS by Valeria Luiselli
Released: April 4, 2017

"A powerful call to action and to empathy."
A heartfelt plea to change the dialogue on Latin American children fleeing violence in their homelands to seek refuge in America. Read full book review >

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IN THE HERE AND THERE by Valeria Narbikova
Released: Dec. 28, 1998

"It's an amusing idea, and the story has its moments, but it won't mean much to readers who aren—t thoroughly versed in Slavic studies."
Narbikova's equally daunting companion novel to Day and Night (Dec. 1998): here, she "dramatizes" Russia's experience of perestroika in the 1980s through accounts of protagonist Petia's affairs with three lovers who are, in surreal fashion, identified with eminent figures from Russian literature and history (including Dostoevsky's Raskolnikov, social philosopher Alexander Herzen, the ubiquitous Pushkin, Joseph Stalin, and perhaps Mikhail Gorbachev). Read full book review >

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RED TRUCK by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Endpapers that show Red Truck zooming on its way add a clever, finishing touch. (Picture book. 2-5)"
It's cold, wet and snowy outside, and a school bus is stuck on a hill. Read full book review >

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TWO AT THE ZOO by Danna Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 16, 2009

"The rollicking, rhyming text scans well, and the zoo setting allows children to practice their animal-identification skills. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Smith takes readers on a whirlwind trip to the zoo with a small boy and his grandpa. Read full book review >

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WAY FAR AWAY ON A WILD SAFARI by Jan Peck
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"Preschoolers and emerging readers will enjoy picking up their binoculars for a far away wild safari search. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A round-eyed inquisitive little boy bravely takes a safari trip in search of a wild lion. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

"Belletti, alas, was a prosaic stylist, but her ingenuous point of view lends her stories charm."
Snapshots from Hollywood's early days. Read full book review >

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PENELOPE CRUMB NEVER FORGETS by Shawn K. Stout
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2013

"Readers will root for and relate to this fresh-voiced young heroine who joins the likes of Ramona, Judy Moody and Clementine. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Penelope Crumb is back with the same spunk and quirky narration that won readers over in her eponymous debut (2012). Read full book review >

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THE THREE LITTLE TAMALES by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"A flavorful addition to the folktale shelf that begs to be shared with a group. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The traditional "Three Little Pigs" gets a southwestern flavor in Kimmel's latest updated tale, a takeoff on his previous The Runaway Tortilla (2000), illustrated by Randy Cecil. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 1993

"A contemporary Way of the Pilgrim, first published in Russia in 1989, that's also a profoundly moving look at the state of one brave Russian woman's soul."
A passionate, gorgeously written fictional account of an intellectual Russian woman's journey back to God and the Orthodox Christianity of her ancestors. ``Veronica,'' a widow in her mid-40s, journeys to the ancient monastery of Dzhvari in Georgia with her beloved son Mitya. Read full book review >