Search Results: "Young-ha Kim"


BOOK REVIEW

BLACK FLOWER by Young-Ha Kim
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Readers who remember the historical fiction of Thomas B. Costain, Zoe Oldenbourg and Anya Seton will appreciate the extensive research and empathic imagination that went into this novel."
Korean author Kim stumbled upon a little-known piece of history during a conversation on a trans-Pacific flight. This history was so fascinating, he wanted to base a novel on it. This is that novel. Read full book review >

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I HAVE THE RIGHT TO DESTROY MYSELF by Young-ha Kim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

"Pretty sick, but absorbing. Noir with a piquant exotic twist."
Alienation, ennui and self-destruction are perceived as artistic creations in this icy 1996 novel, its Korean author's first in English translation. Read full book review >

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YOUR REPUBLIC IS CALLING YOU by Young-ha Kim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Challenging, occasionally forced and turgid, but energized by a powerful sense of the difficulty of 'belonging' in a dangerous place and time. Perhaps the most intriguing and accomplished Korean fiction yet to appear in English translation."
A spy living a fabricated life as a respectable businessman, husband and father is the embattled protagonist of this ambitious novel from one of Korea's most admired writers. Read full book review >

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I HEAR YOUR VOICE by Young-Ha Kim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"The story's transitions aren't always navigated as deftly as Kim intends. But his own empathetic gifts applied toward even the quirkiest and seediest of his characters evoke a vivid panorama of what life along the edges is like in Seoul."
A pair of alienated, hypersensitive South Korean boys seek solace, first from each other and then from the volatile subculture of their homeless, aimless peers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HA! by Scott Weems
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2014

"Many readers will squirm at the obligatory account of the author's effort at stand-up comedy, and they may roll their eyes at his earnest, if scientifically impeccable, advice for using humor to fight disease, make friends and influence people, but most will enjoy this stimulating overview of what researchers have learned about why we laugh."
Books analyzing humor are an extensive genre and invariably humorless. Despite a generous selection of jokes, few readers will laugh their way through this latest effort, but they will not be bored as neuroscientist Weems eschews philosophy in favor of hard science. Read full book review >

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HA HA, BABY! by Kate Petty
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2008

"Indeed, Ma in red-and-white striped stockings, Pa in a fedora hat, Grandma in a fairy godmother costume and Grandpa in pirate togs should easily trigger laughs from little readers, even if baby refuses to smile. (Picture book. 2-4)"
When baby stops laughing, his funny family assumes something's wrong. Read full book review >

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AH HA! by Jeff Mack
by Jeff Mack, illustrated by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"The ecologically sound and emotionally satisfying ending is sure to please all ages. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In Good News, Bad News (2012), Mack experimented with minimalism, creating text from the titular phrases alone; here, he challenges himself to dialogue created from just two letters of the alphabet, doubled and continually rearranged. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 1993

"A work of maturity and grace."
Irish writer Doyle's fourth novel (The Van, The Snapper, etc.)—and the just-announced 1993 Booker Prize winner: a story that depicts with remarkable acuity that extraordinary intensity of response that is at the heart of childhood. Read full book review >

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JACKY HA-HA by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2016

"A typical Patterson plot significantly elevated by its title character. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
A precocious seventh-grader tries to turn over a new leaf and end her term as the class clown. Read full book review >

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THE HA-HA by Dave King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"When he shrugs off the heavy overcoat of writing program metaphors—a ha-ha is a boundary wall concealed in a ditch, it is explained—King will be a writer to watch."
First novel about a man badly scarred in Vietnam, and scarred by it, who at last begins recovery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A meticulously detailed feat of rare footage inside the DPRK's propaganda machinery."
Exhaustively researched, highly engrossing chronicle of the outrageous abduction of a pair of well-known South Korean filmmakers by the nefarious network of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il. Read full book review >

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LIFE ISN’T ALL HA HA HEE HEE by Meera Syal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Though the people drive the plot, it is Syal's exploration of traditional gender roles—and the difficulty of escaping them without rejecting one's heritage—that provides the center of this fine, well-crafted tale."
Second-novelist Syal (Anita and Me, 1997) offers another foray into the world of British-born Indians, this time a trio of women attempting to break the oppressive bonds of their culture. Read full book review >