Search Results: "Alberto Salazar"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2012

"A dramatic account of the risks and rewards of top-level long-distance running."
Assisted by Brant (Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley and America's Greatest Marathon, 2007), former long-distance running prodigy Salazar incorporates lessons learned from bitter experience in this account of his life. 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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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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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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CURIOSITY by Alberto Manguel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"For casual readers, the brief personal passages may provide welcome pauses in what is a highly literate and demanding text perhaps best appreciated by followers of Manguel's previous works."
An erudite analysis and exploration of curiosity through the author's own works and those of countless others. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A RELUCTANT DREAMER by Alberto  Ledesma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2017

"Affecting, highly charged, and deserving of broad attention."
Mexican-American scholar/writer/artist Ledesma (Graduate Diversity Director/Univ. of California) recounts his own experience of "the immigrant experience," with its tiers of risk and layers of aspiration. 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 >

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TRAGEDY OF CHILDHOOD by Alberto Savinio
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"For connoisseurs only."
Savinio (1891-1952), Giorgio de Chirico's brother, holds a place in the D'Annunzian strain of hypersensitive Italian art prose; his traffic with the great Paris surrealists of the early century (he was a painter too) adds color and a willingness to bend realistic conventions at will. 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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LIMBO by Dixie Salazar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1995

"Another contrived, defining-moment novel that tries to celebrate pluck, love, and resilience with female characters who are as phony and feckless as their men."
A first novel from poet Salazar turns a single mother's bumpy road toward independence into a hapless clichÇ. Read full book review >