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  

Interview: Paul Auster

The Book of Paul Auster

by Jill Owens for POWELLS (Jan. 24, 2007)

” Paul Auster has been writing beautiful, metaphysical, mysterious novels for a long time now. Some of them are funnier than others, some more devastating in their conclusions. He’s also written screenplays, poetry collections, essays, plays, and memoirs. His latest, Travels in the Scriptorium, could be seen as a distillation of much of his life’s work — a multi-layered, spare puzzle of existence and creation, conveyed in lovely, minimalist prose. Booklist admires it as “an archly playful and shrewdly philosophical tribute to the transcendence of stories.”  ”

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Review: 3 Books About Cary Grant

Becoming Cary Grant

by Benjamin Schwarz for Atlantic Monthly (Jan 23, 2007)

” “I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be and I finally became that person. Or he became me. Or we met at some point.” That meeting — when Archie Leach, the Bristol-born son of a part-Jewish suit presser, came to be fully assimilated by his creation, Cary Grant — amounts to one of the great events in the annals of twentieth-century culture.”

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Published in: on January 24, 2007 at 9:49 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: INES OF MY SOUL by Isabel Allende

Chile Con Mujeres

by Zee Edgell for Ms. Magazine (Jan. 21, 2007)

” Many readers will remember Isabel Allende’s bestselling The House of Spirits, her 1982 debut novel about a 20th-century family living in the unnamed country that represented her native Chile. In her latest work of historical fiction, Allende reaches back to the 16th century to recount the adventures of the real-life Inés Suarez, one of the few Spanish women who participated in Spain’s conquest of the New World and who is considered by some the founding mother of Chile. ”

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Published in: on January 23, 2007 at 11:40 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: BEATRIX POTTER: A LIFE IN NATURE by Linda Lear

Rabbits Were Her Best Friends

by Marjorie Kehe for Christian Science Monitor (Jan. 15, 2007)

BEATRIX POTTER“If there ever was an unlikely candidate for a biopic and “celebrity of the month” treatment, it would be Beatrix Potter. The revered children’s author and illustrator lived a quiet, estimable life, far removed from the drama so often associated with literary biography.”

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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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Review: A WOMAN IN JERUSALEM by A.B. Yehoshua

Bomb Scene

by Ruth Franklin for The New Republic Online (Jan. 4, 2007)

“According to the Jewish calendar, the day begins at sundown. This runs counter to the way most people experience time, but it makes a peculiar sense in the novels of A.B. Yehoshua, in which the most important activities almost always take place at night, and the main characters are insomniacs, either by choice or by compulsion.”

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Review: INDISCRETION by Jude Morgan

Austen Powers
by Ron Charles for Washington Post Book World (Jan. 5th, 2007)

“Halfway through Jude Morgan’s Indiscretion comes a litmus test for your sensitivity to Jane Austenism: A young woman in an exquisitely appointed manor in the English countryside complains, “There is nothing very grand, or exciting, or even terrible, to be met with in a district like this: it is all just narrow provincial dullness.” ”

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Review: THE LAY OF THE LAND by Richard Ford

Out of Character

by Joseph O’ Neill for The Atlantic Monthly (Jan. 2, 2007)

” “No tricks,” Raymond Carver crisply enjoined the prospective writer. “At the first sign of a trick or gimmick in a piece of fiction…I tend to look for cover.” Carver was, as everybody knows, a mentor, friend, and admirer of Richard Ford; yet one can’t help wondering whether Ford’s verbally awesome but, I fear, fundamentally specious new novel would have had the maestro ducking behind a parapet. ”

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Published in: on January 4, 2007 at 9:35 am  Leave a Comment