Search Results: "Zadie Smith"


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CHANGING MY MIND by Zadie Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 16, 2009

"If she'd never written a novel, this collection alone would make me eager to read more of her work."
Rarely does a book that seems to promise so little deliver so much. Read full book review >

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SMITH by Leon Garfield
Released: Sept. 1, 1967

"More Hogarth than Cruikshank, this lacks the gusto of Devil in the Fog (1966) but readers who respond to the author will follow him here."
"Smith. 'unted, 'ounded, 'omeless, and part gin-sodder. Smith. Read full book review >

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NW by Zadie Smith
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Smith takes big risks here, but some might need to read this twice before all the pieces fit together, and more conventionally minded readers might abandon it in frustration."
A wildly ambitious jigsaw puzzle of a novel, one that shuffles pieces of chronology, identity, ethnicity and tone, undermining cohesion and narrative momentum as it attempts to encompass a London neighborhood that is both fixed and fluid. Read full book review >

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WHITE TEETH by Zadie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

An impressively witty satirical first novel, London-set, chronicling the experiences of two eccentric multiracial families during the last half of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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SWING TIME by Zadie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Moving, funny, and grave, this novel parses race and global politics with Fred Astaire's or Michael Jackson's grace."
A keen, controlled novel about dance and blackness steps onto a stage of cultural land mines. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF OTHER PEOPLE by Zadie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"While the quality inevitably varies, the spirit of the anthology is that reading should be fun rather than work."
Character provides the thematic key to these stories, all new to this collection, from some of our finest younger contemporary fiction writers. Read full book review >

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ON BEAUTY by Zadie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"In this sharp, engaging satire, beauty's only skin-deep, but funny cuts to the bone."
An academic comedy of multicultural manners finds Smith recapturing the sparkle of White Teeth (2000). Read full book review >

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THE AUTOGRAPH MAN by Zadie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Shrill, labored, and boring. Unless this is actually Smith's first novel, it's a disappointing step backward."
The follow-up to Smith's smashing debut success (White Teeth, 2000, film rights recently sold to Miramax) is an uneasy mix of Sunset Boulevard, J.P. Donleavy's The Ginger Man, and James McCourt's fey romantic comedies about dementedly self-absorbed beautiful people. Read full book review >

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MAGGIE SMITH by Michael Coveney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"An authoritative and perceptive portrait."
The illustrious career of "a great stage actress in both comedy and tragedy, and an international film star." Read full book review >

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PATTI SMITH by Victor Bockris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"But she and her many fans deserve better than this sometimes sensationalistic, second-hand account of her life."
Lou Reed and Keith Richards biographer Bockris offers the first full-length portrait of —70s rock icon Patti Smith, a woman whose charismatic live shows and uncompromising music earned her the moniker "The High Priestess of Punk." Read full book review >

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CINDERELLA SMITH by Stephanie Barden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2011

"Though the first-person narration sounds a little too close to the voice of Sara Pennypacker's Clementine, the richness of this new friendship and the gentle resolution will make readers hope for another installment. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Cinderella Smith cannot keep track of her shoes. Read full book review >