Search Results: "Alejandro Grattan-Domínguez"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DARK SIDE OF THE DREAM by Alejandro Grattan-Domínguez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A not particularly distinguished up-by-the-bootstraps, yearning-for-a-place debut noveland never as powerful as it wants to be."
A standard-issue epic tale of two Mexican-American families pitched hither and yon by the historical vicissitudes of the mid- 20th century. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 5, 1997

A Mexican-American teenager comes to terms with his melting- pot heritage—in a labored and predictable picaresque tale from the author of The Dark Side of the Dream (1995). 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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CHASING THE JAGUAR by Michele Domínguez Greene
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2006

"This jaguar snores, not roars, as flat, stereotyped characters and a storyline that reads like most primetime television dramas ruin a great premise. (Fiction. YA)"
Combining ancient mysticism with urban Los Angeles, author Greene, formerly an actress on L.A. Law, introduces novice crime-fighter Martika Gálvez. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE BLUE PENNANT by John W. Grattan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 1999

"A welcome addition to our knowledge about the lives of men who served in the Civil War. (45 photos, 5 maps, not seen)"
While researching another book, historian Schneller (A Quest for Glory: A Biography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren, not reviewed) discovered this never-before-published memoir of a young officer's experience in the Union navy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A fine complement to David Rieff's The Exile (p. 773). (Illustrations)"
A perceptive appreciation of Miami and what makes it tick, from a pair of sociologists who understand that anecdotal evidence can be as illuminating as statistical abstracts. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Legibility issue aside, required reading for flights that will be as safe as they are exhilarating. (Informational fiction. 9-11)"
A savvy instruction manual for new magic-carpet owners. Read full book review >

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THE PRIVATE LIVES OF TREES by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 2010

"A fleeting story translated with care—worth savoring."
So often, we don't miss the things we love until we're sure they're gone for good—that's part of the lesson in this elegant, all-too-brief novella from prize-winning Chilean novelist and poet Zambra (Bonsai, 2008). 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 >