Search Results: "Zadie Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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FEEL FREE by Zadie Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Judiciously political, Smith wears her liberalism gracefully, though with qualifications. She is never less than a formidable intellect, with an imposing command of literary and artistic canons."
The author complements her celebrated fiction with an equally compelling collection of essays and reviews embracing literary, art, film, and cultural criticism, amplified by a dissection of the vagaries of modern life. 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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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TIME IS AN ILLUSION
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Equine-tastic
BFF Charm: Heck Yes! (And Bonus LOVE)
Swoonworthy Scale:
 5
Talky Talk: Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Bonus Factors:
 Fake Book, Blended Family, Road Trip
Relationship Status: Infinite Miles

 

Cover Story: Equine-tastic

Good news, everyone: I've finally solved the mystery of the terrible YA ...


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BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE COLLEGE
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Straight Up
Bonus Factor: College Transition
Relationship Status: Keep In Touch

 

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment

This cover, with its black and white photograph, playful typography ...


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A BOY, A BIRD, A BOMB, A BOAT
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Could Be Better
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale:
 0
Talky Talk: Carry These Stories
Bonus Factors:
 Culture Shock, Summer Camp, Weird Science
Relationship Status: Taking the Leap

 

Cover Story: Could Be Better

This cover isn't bad, but I've just been spoiled ...


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HAN KANG
by Megan Labrise

Han Kang’s fierce, fresh fiction has the book world abuzz: The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated from Korean to English, won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. It is one of “The 10 Best Books of 2016,” according to the New York Times Book Review.It is ripe with searing imagery that won’t soon leave you. So ...


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