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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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 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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HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE by Joe Rhatigan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"A jumping-off point for educators to encourage children to think beyond the original text. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A continuation of the classic nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle." The dish and the spoon have run away, so what happens next? Read full book review >

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ALBINA AND THE DOG-MEN by Alejandro Jodorowsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A violent, raunchy story in which the sacred and profane manifest with supremely absurd humor."
From avant-garde filmmaker and novelist Jodorowsky (Where the Bird Sings Best, 2015, etc.), a picaresque tale driven by metamorphosis and travels between space-time dimensions. Read full book review >

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MULTIPLE CHOICE by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Though the overall effect is fragmentary, Zambra's fragments are consistently witty and provocative. A-minus."
True or false: can effective fiction be written in the format of a standardized test? 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 >