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Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar appears in the following:

False Equivalencies Mar This Bold 'Face'

Friday, August 15, 2014

Jess Row's provocative Your Face in Mine uses the rhetoric of transgender experience to imagine a world where race can be changed; reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it a grating meditation on white guilt.

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Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Graphic novelist Emily Carroll's gorgeous new collection of horror stories entwines words and pictures to deliver delicious, twisted-fairy-tale chills. Strange things come and go in these woods.

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Can I Get A Do-Over? Shadow Selves And Second Chances

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Get your comic fix this week with Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds and The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. Both books take up the idea of re-writing the past — but in very different ways.

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Balancing Signal And Noise In 'Landline'

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Rainbow Rowell's new adult novel follows a successful sitcom writer struggling to balance work and family — and to patch up her struggling marriage with the aid of a semi-magical old landline phone.

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'Hidden Sea': What Happens When Fantasyland Doesn't Want You?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In A.M. Dellamonica's new Child of a Hidden Sea, a marine scientist discovers her secret heritage in an alternate, watery version of Earth — a place which adamantly doesn't want to be discovered.

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'Kingfisher' Girls Will Dance Their Way Into Your Heart

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Genevieve Valentine's new novel, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, uproots the classic fairy tale of the 12 dancing princesses and replants it in the speakeasies of Prohibition-era New York City.

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U.S. Ambassador Sworn In On E-Reader

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Ambassador Suzi LeVine became the U.S. representative to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on Monday. She took the oath of office on an electronic copy of the Constitution.

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Remembering Two Lives: Which Are The 'Real' Children?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In Jo Walton's elegant, heartbreaking new novel, an elderly woman remembers two distinct lives and families, in parallel timelines splitting off from one crucial decision: to marry, or not to marry?

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'The Memory Garden' Grows With Grace And Tenderness

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mary Rickert's new magical realist novel stars women often pushed to the edges of narrative: the elderly. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it a lovely, uplifting book of friendship, sadness and healing.

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From Flower To Factory, These Bees Are No Bumblers

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Two new books consider the complicated world of bees: Laline Paull's debut novel The Bees imagines humble worker bee's hive adventures, and A Sting in the Tale considers focuses on the bumblebee.

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'Nothing More To Lose' Forges A Connection To Palestine

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Poet Najwan Darwish's first collection to appear in English muses on identity, history and heartbreak. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's passionate, yet "so matter-of-fact that it stops the breath."

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Kim Harrison's 'Hollows': The Good, The Bad And The Badass

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Kim Harrison's Hollows series is drawing to a close after ten years of supernatural shenanigans. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says the books are fun reading with a solid core of strong female characters.

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A Delicate Arson: 'The Blazing World' Consumes Its Readers

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Siri Hustvedt's latest uses fragmented documents to tell the story of an artist who chooses men to present her work. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls the book complex, harrowing, playful and engrossing.

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Allende Creates Realism Without The Magic In 'Ripper'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Isabel Allende dips a toe in the waters of genre fiction with her new novel Ripper — about a girl who puts her online gaming group to work tracking down a serial killer who's targeted her mother. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says the book would function just as well as a character study, without the crime plot.

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Crossroads And Coins: Naomi Mitchison's 'Travel Light'

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Travel Light is an unjustly forgotten fairy tale about a wandering princess who goes from bears and dragons to the real world of medieval Constantinople — and back again. Writer Amal El-Mohtar says she encountered the book as an adult and "felt, very powerfully, that I had been waiting for it."

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