Search Results: "Alberto Barrera Tyszka"


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HUGO CHÁVEZ by Cristina Marcano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Admirable search for the facts and insight that are often swamped in Chavez's turbulent wake."
Thorough, thoughtful biography of Venezuela's controversial leftist president. Read full book review >

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Kitty and Shep by Mario Barrera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A lighthearted sexual satire that gives a whole new meaning to the words 'cat lover' and 'dog lover.'"
A picaresque fantasy focuses on a California cat who becomes human. Read full book review >

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STEVENSON UNDER THE PALM TREES by Alberto Manguel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A small but rich little instant classic, as though Joseph Conrad had sent up a perfect new tale from the silence beyond the grave."
Manguel (News from a Foreign Country Came, 1990; the nonfiction A History of Reading, 1995; etc.) offers a tiny but deft and quietly moving story of Robert Louis Stevenson at his premature death. Read full book review >

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ALL MEN ARE LIARS by Alberto Manguel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2012

"This novel succeeds both as a story and an illumination of storytelling."
A beguiling exercise in metafiction, one that tells an engrossing story from various perspectives while undermining the possibility of truth in storytelling. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Perhaps too dense for casual readers, but lotus to lovers of Homer."
Brief but rich history of a mysterious bard and two wondrous works that serve as foundation stones for Western culture. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A fine book about books that will appeal to readers of Manguel's previous work."
Graceful essays on books, reading, and the subversive possibilities of ideas. Read full book review >

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BAD VIBES by Alberto Fuguet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 1997

"Here is what the new economic prosperity engenders culturally, he implies, and thank goodness we have such a clever novelist to guide us."
An exceptionally engaging US debut, and first novel, from the Chilean Fuguet (who's published another novel and a story collection in his native land) just might signal a new stage in Latin fiction: a post-boom natural realism that finds North American precedent not in Faulkner (the hero of Garc°a M†rquez et al.) but in Salinger. Read full book review >

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EROS by Alberto Bevilacqua
Released: Nov. 20, 1996

"There's light here, but, surprisingly, not much heat."
An odd mixture of touchy-feely meditation and clinical speculation on eros and its many expressions. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A reminder that daily ruminations of even a highly literate and engaging writer are not invariably erudite."
Globetrotting polyglot Manguel (Reading Pictures, 2001, etc.) rereads favorite books, one per month, as the Iraq War simmers, then boils. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2001

"Intelligent and well-written, though also glancing and provisional."
A middling work of art history and criticism by the noted literary essayist (Into the Looking-Glass Wood, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF READING by Alberto Manguel
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"His book, digressive, witty, surprising, is a pleasure. (140 illustrations, not seen)"
A delightful set of interlinked essays that explore the history of reading, by a novelist (News From a Foreign Country Came, 1990) and anthologist (Other Fires, 1985, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"With a few fine exceptions, then, here's the nature essay at its most quaint and rhapsodic, from empurpled pens."
paper 0-306-45992-2 Manguel's (A History of Reading, 1996, etc.) collection of natural history essays is overburdened with selections from Victorian Englishmen, with a smattering of odd gems to sustain the reader's interest. Read full book review >