Search Results: "Alejandro Cruz Martinez"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

"An excellent addition to any folklore collection; one of the handsomest yet of this publisher's fine multicultural books. (Folklore/Picture book. 6+)"
A powerful story from the Zapotec Indians of Oaxaco, Mexico, about a stranger whose unusual bond with nature stirs the suspicions of the village where she suddenly appears. Read full book review >

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CELIA CRUZ by Veronica Chambers
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2005

This heartfelt biography celebrates the life of Cuban singer Celia Cruz from her childhood in Havana to her international fame as the Queen of Salsa. Read full book review >

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THE CRUZ CHRONICLE by Henry H. Roth
Released: April 25, 1989

A slight, episodic, charming and comic first novel about three Puerto Rican brothers in New York who, guided by their father's ghost, avoid the pitfalls (but not the pratfalls) life has waiting. Read full book review >

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The Last Cruz by Caitlin Avery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2015

"A protagonist whose journey is both poignant and traumatic."
A Hollywood celebrity's motocross trip with her sister hits hazards along the way, especially with a travel companion moonlighting as a drug mule, in this thriller. Read full book review >

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THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ by Robin Yardi
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"A magnificent novel that defines what it is to be an older brother, a friend, and, yes, even a knight. (appendix) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
"Nobody believed me when I said two skunks stole my old trike. But I'd seen those stinkers take it. Swear." Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF ARTEMIO CRUZ by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1964

"The publishers will support it accordingly."
Seventy-one years old, wasted and sick with a degrading intestinal affliction, Artemio Cruz lies in bed and remembers — remembers and lives while the priest administers extreme Unction. Read full book review >

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THE REAL LIFE OF ALEJANDRO MAYTA by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1985

"But to North American readers, this book, like its predecessor, may seem not quite worth all the authorial effort."
Like Vargas Llosa's previous book, The War of the End of the World, this (far-more-readable) novel uses the illusions of revolution as its text and pretext: the subject is the reconstruction of the life and the impulses of a small-time Peruvian Trotskyite who got involved only once—but disastrously—in action. Read full book review >

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Released: June 28, 2011

"A story about family, infidelity and isolation that falls short in some places, but is worth a read for its authentic emotions."
Miscolta's debut novel explores familial boundaries and the isolation that can persist in the search for a lasting connection. Read full book review >

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THIS WAR CALLED LOVE by Alejandro Murguia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2002

"Murguía's romantic angles are limited, but his gritty backdrops are pure gold."
This second collection from Murguía (Southern Front, 1991, not reviewed) offers nine impassioned stories of love and regrets, all grounded in an urban Latino realism. Read full book review >

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THE RAG DOLL PLAGUES by Alejandro Morales
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Morales (The Brick People, Death of an Anglo—both 1988) offers a novel that exhibits the very qualities it celebrates: energy, hopefulness, a reverence for roots."
Swarms of butterflies and hummingbirds, a jaguar on a leash, a hero who's writing himself into existence, beneficent ghosts of ancestors—all the trappings of post-Borges magic realism are gathered in this undeniably derivative and yet often quite funny, quirky meditation on Mexican-American relations, the politics of epidemics and the uses of history. Read full book review >

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THE THREADS OF THE HEART by Carole Martinez
Released: Dec. 31, 2012

"A three-part book that would have been more interesting without the extraneous details."
Debut novelist Martinez attempts an ambitious tale about a woman who creates remarkable transformations with sewing materials, but the story unravels before the end. Read full book review >