Search Results: "Zoë Heller"


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WHAT WAS SHE THINKING? by Zoë Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Unbelievable yet compelling: it's almost as if Heller tried for a salacious potboiler and ended up—her talent refusing not to intrude—with a portrait that remains indelible. Watch for her next, whatever it may be."
After Everything You Know (2000) comes the tale of a London art teacher, married with children, who has an affair with a student of 15. Read full book review >

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THE BELIEVERS by Zoë Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2009

"Tom Wolfe might once have had vicious fun with such material, but this novel lacks the edge to make it sharper than soap opera."
This sociopolitical comedy of manners concerning a radical lawyer in a coma is beyond the novelist's satiric command. Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING YOU KNOW by Zoë Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2000

"Willy's caustic, witty voice (cockroaches walk around —like ambulatory patent leather handbags—) keeps his mournful tale sturdily on course and safely protected from the maudlin."
Heller's first is a smart take on hoary subjects—Jewish deracination, the moral vileness of Hollywood—that nevertheless offers real pleasures and marks the writer as one to watch. Read full book review >

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THE SWAN KINGDOM by Zoë Marriott
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"However, abundant visual details create richly evocative settings, and emotional connection is clear and tender, both between siblings and between Alexandra and an adoring young stranger. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Marriott offers a romantic expansion of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans." Read full book review >

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AFTER YUGOSLAVIA by Zoë Brân
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Complex, full of conflicting voices, and often extraordinarily beautiful: an outstanding travel memoir."
Thoughtful travels in the war-torn landscapes of the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS ON THE MOON by Zoë Marriott
Released: April 1, 2012

"A dark yet very fresh fairy-tale reinvention. (QR code to digitally access poetry written by characters) (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
"Cinderella" is reimagined as a revenge story set in an alternate feudal Japan. Read full book review >

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LIVING AS GOD by Zoë Joncheere
Released: Oct. 22, 2012

"Underdeveloped ideas that may serve as interesting conversation starters."
Joncheere's debut work, a manual on how to "transform consciousness," explores managing unruly thoughts and finding real happiness in one's "Self." Read full book review >

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DAVID’S STORY by Zoë  Wicomb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 2001

"A provocative post-apartheid novel that raises troubling questions about the role of women, Coloreds, and other non-African minorities in the new South Africa."
The publisher's latest entry in the Women Writing Africa series: a postmodern tale of the new South Africa that brings a rich sense of allusion, irony, and the past to the dangers the hero, a Griqua descendant of the original Khoi inhabitants, faces when he finds his life threatened in an increasingly African nationalist milieu. Read full book review >

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THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Zoë  Wicomb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"Writing fiction connecting Scotland and South Africa presents a challenge, but Wicomb makes both worlds her own."
Elliptical stories about the complexities of race, class, gender, generation and geography. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Not without flaws but an informative and inspiring book."
A video game developer tells how she became an outspoken advocate for victims of online abuse. Read full book review >

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HUNT FOR THE PYXIS by Zoë Ferraris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Though the book is admittedly rousing, readers are better off setting sail on Jason Fry's Curse of the Iris (2014) than on this confusing, tepid star-sea journey. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
The "space pirate" genre turns oddly literal in this first book in a series. Read full book review >

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FINDING NOUF by Zoë Ferraris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 2008

"A finely nuanced first novel offering an exceptionally balanced look at male and female perspectives."
Shifting desert sands and shifting attitudes reveal the complexities—and hypocrisy—of Saudi life. Read full book review >