Books by Ursula K. Le Guin and Complete Book Reviews

Diana Bellessi, Author, Ursula K. Le Guin, Author Arte Publico Press $16.95 (225p) ISBN 978-1-55885-170-2
Through correspondence, Le Guin, a prolific American writer (The Left Hand of Darkness; Unlocking the Air and Other Stories, etc.), and Bellessi, an Argentinean poet, collaborated on translating each other's poems to produce this intimate exchange...
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Various. Tin House (PGW, dist.), $18.95 trade paper (208p) ISBN 978-1-935639-96-1
Marking the 30th anniversary of the nonprofit Literary Arts in Oregon, this collection of 10 lectures from celebrated writers reanimates the humanistic argument that, far from being a “marginal cultural activity,” the production of serious literary...
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Edited by Tobias S. Buckell and Joe Monti. Lee & Low/Tu Books, $17.95 (320p) ISBN 978-1-60060-887-2
Conceived in an effort to more judiciously represent ethnic and cultural diversity in YA fiction, this provocative collection, edited by SF author Buckell and literary agent Monti explores dystopian themes through multiple lenses. Instead of the...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author Plume Books $6.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-452-26139-6
""The Le Guin mixture of prodigious talent and stubborn polemic . . . is once more apparent in this theme collection of her stories and poetry,"" wrote PW of this volume, characterizing it as ""primarily for Le Guin fans."" Illustrated. (September)
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $24 (272p) ISBN 978-0-15-100567-3
In this virtually flawless new tale set in her Hainish universe, Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness; Four Ways to Forgiveness) sends a young woman from Earth on her first mission, to the planet Aka as an Observer for the Ekumen. Although well...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author Aqueduct Press $16 (149p) ISBN 978-1-933500-27-0
The work of poet and novelist Le Guin (Lavinia, The Left Hand of Darkness) spans genres, including science fiction, fantasy and kid lit, and here she collects scholarship and opinion on the importance of fantasy in every stage of our lives. Aside...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author HarperPrism $19.99 (191p) ISBN 978-0-06-105200-2
In her introduction to this reprint collection of eight of her more recent SF stories, Le Guin (Tehanu) defends the best work of the genre as ``beautiful.'' It is critics and reviewers, she claims, who miss that beauty by emphasizing SF's role as an
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Ursula K. Le Guin. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner, $14.95 trade paper (180p) ISBN 978-0-544-61161-0
This is not a book for beginners, warns Le Guin (Cheek by Jowl), but it would be churlish to deny the benefits of this thoughtful, concise volume to anyone serious about becoming a writer. Originally written in 1998 and based on Le Guin’s workshop...
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In this stellar collection, which includes a number of original stories, Le Guin (The Telling; Four Ways to Forgiveness; etc.) makes a triumphant return to the magic-drenched world of Earthsea. The opening novella, The Finder, set some 300 years...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author . HarperCollins $24.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-621253-1
Deeply concerned with gender, these eight stories, although ostensibly about aliens, are all about ourselves: love, sex, life and alienation are all handled with illuminating grace. Le Guin's overarching theme, the journey, informs her...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author Shambhala Publications $22.95 (336p) ISBN 978-1-59030-006-0
Principally known as a writer of fantasy fiction, Le Guin here proves herself to be a skilled and thought-provoking writer of nonfiction as well. Her persnickety, opinionated voice often leaps off the page, and, at her best, she guides readers...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author HarperCollins Publishers $22 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-017260-2
Hugo and Nebula awards cling to her writings like iron filings to a magnet. Even so, Le Guin has written numerous stories with no hint of scientific speculation or fantasy--like the majority of the 18 tales in this collection, many of which first...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author Grove Press $19.95 (306p) ISBN 978-0-8021-1105-0
Chronologically arranged, these 33 talks and essays and 17 reviews of books and films, dating from 1976 through 1987, record Le Guin's responses to ethical and political climates, the transforming effect of certain literary ideas and the changes of...
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Ursula K. Le Guin. Small Beer, $24 (338p) ISBN 978-1-61873-134-0
Le Guin (The Real and the Unreal), an honored and prodigious fiction writer, will delight her many fans with these 67 selections of her recent nonfiction. The wide-ranging collection includes essays, lectures, introductions, and reviews, all...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author HarperPrism $20 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-105234-7
Most of Le Guin's recent fiction divides into collections of stories bound by theme, such as Searoad, or novels such as the Nebula Award-winning Tehanu, in which the author has revisited worlds she created decades before. This volume is a hybrid: a...
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Ursula K. Le Guin. Small Beer, $24 (320p) ISBN 978-1-61873-035-0
Second of a two-volume set, this bare-bones collection focuses on SFWA Grand Master Le Guin’s overtly fantastic visions. Settings of 20 stories, all previously anthologized, include both the science fictional Ekumen, a community of worlds populated...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author Harper Perennial $12.5 (306p) ISBN 978-0-06-097289-9
``Chronologically arranged, these 33 talks and essays and 17 reviews of books and films, dating from 1976 through 1987, eloquently record Le Guin's responses to ethical and political climates, the transforming effect of certain literary ideas and...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author HarperCollins Publishers $20 (250p) ISBN 978-0-06-016835-3
For Le Guin, writing science fiction or fantasy is an intuitive, self-exploratory act, an inner-space voyage in which she unearths dreams and archetypes that connect her with the outer world. In these conversational, feisty essays, an energizing...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author . Harcourt $24.99 (279p) ISBN 978-0-15-101424-8
In the Aeneid , the only notable lines Virgil devotes to Aeneas’ second wife, Lavinia, concern an omen: the day before Aeneus lands in Latinum, Lavinia’s hair is veiled by a ghost fire, presaging war. Le Guin’s masterful novel...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author . Harcourt $17 (274p) ISBN 978-0-15-205123-5
Le Guin's (the Earthsea Cycle) fantasy, a brilliant exploration of the power and responsibility of gifts, begins as 16-year-old narrator Orrec reflects upon recent events. Emmon, a runaway Lowlander, comes to Caspromant, where Orrec's father
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Ursula K. Le Guin. Saga, $29.99 (816p) ISBN 978-1-4814-5139-0
The 13 splendid tales in this huge collection (which, despite its title, does omit a few of Le Guin’s novella-length works) show why Le Guin is one of the most honored living writers of fantastic literature. Some of the science fiction stories...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author . Harcourt $25 (256p) ISBN 978-0-15-100684-7
What a year it's been for Le Guin. First, there was The Telling, the widely praised new novel in her Hainish sequence, followed by Tales from Earthsea, a collection of recent short fiction in her other major series. Now she returns with a superb
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author . Shambhala $18 (96p) ISBN 978-1-59030-314-6
One of the world's most honored authors of science fiction (The Left Hand of Darkness , etc.) and young adult fantasy (the Earthsea trilogy), Le Guin has also maintained a serious, if less often recognized, career as a poet. This sixth gathering
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author Harper Perennial $9 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-092329-7
Idiosyncratic stories, connected loosely but powerfully by their rugged Pacific Northwest shore setting, portray small-town residents in a sympathetic but unsentimental manner. (Aug.)
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author HarperCollins Publishers $20 (193p) ISBN 978-0-06-016740-0
In these stories, connected loosely but powerfully by their rugged Pacific Northwest setting, LeGuin ( Buffalo Gals ; The Left Hand of Darkness ) portrays residents of a small Oregon shore town with sympathy and no sentiment. Many of the tales...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author Atheneum Books $21 (240p) ISBN 978-0-689-31595-4
The publication of Tehanu will give lovers of LeGuin's enchanted realm of Earthsea cause for celebration. In Tehanu , LeGuin spins a bittersweet tale of Tenar and Ged, familiar characters from the classic Earthsea trilogy. Tenar, now a widow facing...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author, Guin Le, Author, Le Guin, Author Atheneum Books $13.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-689-31733-0
This meager original fable by celebrated author LeGuin concerns two adult friends, Thinking Man and Writing Woman. He is impeccably neat; she could care less about being tidy. He thinks; she writes and makes books. While they maintain separate lives
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author, Julie Downing, Illustrator , illus. by Julie Downing. Roaring Brook/Porter $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7613-1599-5
The creators of A Ride on the Red Mare's Back here take readers on another diverting ride. Tempted by the travel tales of a hobo rat who rides the rails on boxcars, Tom Mouse leaves his home in a hole in the wall of a station diner and sneaks...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author, Julie Downing, Illustrator Orchard Books (NY) $16.95 (48p) ISBN 978-0-531-05991-3
Text and artwork of extraordinary beauty highlight this stirring tale of a girl who rescues her brother after he is captured by trolls. In the haunting, singsong language of an epic poem, Le Guin depicts the primeval northern country where the...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author, Eric Beddows, Illustrator . Harcourt $22 (256p) ISBN 978-0-15-100971-8
A starred or boxed review indicates a book of outstanding quality. A review with a blue-tinted title indicates a book of unusual commercial interest that hasn't received a starred or boxed review.CHANGING PLANESUrsula K. Le Guin. Harcourt, $22 (2
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author, S. D. Schindler, Illustrator Scholastic $15.99 (0p) ISBN 978-0-531-05759-9
Down an alley in a dumpster, Mrs. Jane Tabby gives birth to four kittens. But these are no ordinary offspringeach has a pair of wings. Although Mrs. Tabby is unperturbed by her kittens' appearance, her neighbors are not so charitable; when the...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author, S. D. Schindler, Illustrator , illus. by S.D. Schindler. Scholastic/Orchard $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-545-04216-1
Short, nearly telegraphic verse by Le Guin (who collaborated with Schindler on the Catwings series) conjures up the inner life of a tortoiseshell cat, whose time, when not hunting or planning naps, is devoted to dreaming: “Oh, how nice! It'
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author, Leguin/ Schindler, Author, S. D. Schindler, Illustrator Scholastic $15.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-531-05803-9
Identical in format and length to its predecessor, Catwings , this new book picks up where that one left off. The four winged catsThelma, Roger, Harriet and Jamesare content in the country barn where they live, secretly cared for by humans Hank and...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author, Leguin, Author, Laura Marshall, Illustrator Atheneum Books $13.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-689-31408-7
This intriguing myth is vividly illustrated by newcomer Marshall. A dragon terrorizes a town until a boy and a girl, Min and Podo, realize that the dragon's cry, ``RRRAAAHHHX!'' is his attempt to ask for rocks, which he then eats. The townspeople...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author, Ann Barrow, Illustrator Atheneum Books $13.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-689-31332-5
When Marianne has to stay in bed with the flu, what she needs is a visit from Dr. Katztwo catsto pass the time. ""Dr. Katz comes in on eight white paws, and goes two different directions,'' this droll text begins. ``Dr. Katz has long, white whiskers.
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Author, Alica Austin, Illustrator, Alicia Austin, Photographer Philomel Books $13.95 (30p) ISBN 978-0-399-21491-2
Le Guin tells the story of a contentious giraffe and a philosophical boa constrictor. The two of them had been living together on a ``runcible island'' until the day they found a beached boat and decided to sail to the horizon. But they have, of...
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