Search Results: "Al Martinez"


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THE LAST CITY ROOM by Al Martinez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A turbulent period and setting fully realized. Martinez (City of Angles, 1996, etc.) writes compassionately about it all, 'writes with fire and meaning'—to borrow the phrase he uses for his hero."
The Los Angeles Times columnist Pulitzer Prize winner tells a poignant story about the death of a newspaper. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

An elegy for the city that once was ridiculed as the mecca of mellow and is now ridiculed as the capital of free-floating hostility. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 8, 2003

"Amusing irreverence gives way to a sentimental journey."
Longtime Los Angeles Times columnist and humorist Martinez (City of Angles, 1995, etc.) uses a wide range of travel experiences, mostly with family, as a format for disbursing rants, vents, intimate observations, and credit where credit's due. Read full book review >

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MY HEART IS A DRUNKEN COMPASS by Domingo Martinez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A passionate, occasionally convoluted account of personal redemption."
A best-selling memoirist tells the story of how he survived—and came to terms with—the traumatic near-deaths of his youngest brother and former fiancee. Read full book review >

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THE SPACE BETWEEN US by Jessica Martinez
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Deeply troubling and unsatisfying. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Teen pregnancy is a source of shame in this disappointing second outing from Martinez (Virtuosity, 2011). Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 6, 2000

"Powerful and intriguing: poetry that overcomes modern angst by transforming the uncertainty and emptiness of life into human potential and hope."
Every year since 1978, the National Poetry Series has published five books of exceptional contemporary poetry. Read full book review >

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HARD CORPS by Marco Martinez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"Despite his sincerity, Martinez lacks Swofford's writing skills. Consequently, his book may appeal only to those whose uncritical love of our fighting men matches his own."
A profane, testosterone-laced paean of love for the Marines and America and hatred for its enemies, which include Saddam Hussein's army and Americans who oppose the war. Read full book review >

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POE PARK by Agnes Martinez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Moving and powerful. (Fiction. 10-12)"
During one life-changing Bronx summer, Enoch Morales's world is turned upside-down. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Call it pop sociology, gonzo journalism, or social criticism: It's all good fun."
Las Vegas, the fastest-growing city in the US, as seen by a skeptical—and often funny—journalist. Read full book review >

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THE FINISHING SCHOOL by Michele Martinez
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"This chick-lit thriller lacks finesse but never stops throwing colorful subplots at you and never lets up the pace."
A feisty Manhattan attorney struggles against drug thugs and a dangerous attraction to a hunky FBI agent. Read full book review >