Review: SKYLARK FARM by Antonia Arslan

 The Terminated

by Christopher De Bellaigue for NY Times Books (Feb. 4, 2007)

“After a silence dictated by shame, pain and politics that lasted the better part of a century, the suffering of Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Turks and their Kurdish allies during World War I has recently become an urgent issue.”

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Published in: on February 8, 2007 at 7:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: THE VIRGIN OF FLAMES by Chris Abani

The Recycled City

by Karen Olsson for NY Times Books (Jan. 28, 2007)

“Chris Abani has done an end-run around the immigrant novel. In two previous books, Abani, who was born in Nigeria, traced a path from third world to first: “GraceLand,” his bustling novel set in Lagos, closed with a young man’s departure for the United States; his novella “Becoming Abigail” followed the title character from Nigeria to London.”

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Published in: on January 31, 2007 at 8:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: OBLOMOV by Ivan Goncharov

Being and Laziness

by JosephFrank for The New Republic (Jan. 25, 2007)

“Anyone with a claim to literacy is familiar with the names of Tolstoy, Turgenev, and Dostoevsky, and can cite some of the titles of their most famous works. But Goncharov and his novel Oblomov, of which a new translation, a snappily colloquial and readable one, has just been published — who ever heard of them?”

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Published in: on January 26, 2007 at 9:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: CROSS-X by Joe Miller

 How Debate Team Became Cool

by Stacy A. Teicher for Christian Science Monitor (Jan. 22, 2007)

” The high school debaters featured in Cross-X can cram a long string of words into a breathless minute. Journalist Joe Miller reproduces that intensity by cramming at least three intertwined stories into one book.”

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Published in: on January 23, 2007 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Review: SECONDHAND WORLD by Katherine Min

Wonder Years

by Helen Zia for Ms. Magazine (Jan. 14, 2007)

Secondhand World “If you could go back to that time in life when one becomes the center of a world that seems new and open with endless possibilities, would you dare? Secondhand World will transport you, not in a nostalgic haze, but with a clarity that exposes the nuances of reaching the precipice of womanhood.”

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Published in: on January 16, 2007 at 11:51 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: MATTERS OF HONOR by Louis Begley

 Hurdles in Harvard Yard and Worlds Beyond

by Michiko Kakutani for NY Times Books (Jan. 11, 2007)

“Louis Begley’s latest novel, “Matters of Honor,” is a kind of pale, male version of Mary McCarthy’s novel “The Group” — moved from Vassar to Harvard, from the class of 1933 to the class of 1950-something. It is also devoid of McCarthy’s biting, satirical wit and keen eye for social distinctions; none of its central protagonists emerges as a compelling or even believable individual.”

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Published in: on January 12, 2007 at 5:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Review: SACRED GAMES by Vikram Chandra

Gangsta Raj

by Paul Gray for NY Times Books (Jan. 7, 2007)

“This immense, demanding novel can be recommended, with scarcely a cavil, to well-educated Indians who have lots of free time, are fluent in (at the very least) English and Hindi, and have a thorough knowledge of South Asian politics; Hindu, Muslim and Sikh religious practices; and the stars and story lines of hundreds of Bollywood films.”

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Published in: on January 12, 2007 at 9:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: THE INITIALS OF THE EARTH by Jesus Diaz

Living with Fidel

by Terrence Rafferty for NY Times Books (Jan. 7, 2007)

“Within the revolution, everything; outside the revolution, nothing,” has long been a favorite saying of Fidel Castro’s, the memorable, simple-sounding formula he has cited when he has felt the need to silence a critic, justify an apparently indefensible repressive measure or simply remind Cubans that his all-seeing eye is ever upon them.”

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Published in: on January 10, 2007 at 4:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Read It Online: LIBRARY OF THE WORLD’S BEST LITERATURE, ANCIENT AND MODERN by Charles Dudley Warner

from Google Book Search

Mini-Print Corp/18299 pages/1897

  • What’s in this giant book: v. 1. Complete table of contents for v. 1-5. Abelard to Cellini.–v. 2. Celtic literature to Hafiz.–v. 3. Hakluyt to Mommsen.–v. 4. Montagu to Snider.–v. 5. Socrates to Zorrilla. Songs, hymns, & lyrics.–v. 6. Biographical dictionary of authors. Contents table for synopses. Synopses of noted books. General index.

Read all of 18299 pages (yes, I know!) of text or download a pdf version of book here

 

Published in: on January 10, 2007 at 6:14 am  Leave a Comment  

NEW:PLUM LOVIN’ by Janet Evanovich

12093456.gifLatest of Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is released today. You can read the first two chapters online at her website as well as learn about tour dates. Book is available at a discounted price from Barnes & Noble. Click image to buy.

If you would like to attend one of the appearances, as scheduled on her website, please click on Google Calendar on this blog’s side-bar. If you have gmail account you can schedule reminders or import Calendar to your account or iCal (Mac).

Published in: on January 9, 2007 at 2:24 pm  Leave a Comment