Search Results: "Alfonso Serrano"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An inventive introduction to a fascinating historical figure. (map, chronology, glossary, sources and further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Another collaborative effort by the team that created The Poet King of Tezcoco: A Great Leader of Ancient Mexico (2007) chronicles the life of a controversial figure in pre-colonial Mesoamerica. Read full book review >

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POTTERSVILLE by Alfonso Mangione
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Patient readers will be amply rewarded with a funny, clear-eyed and bleak but affecting look at modern manners and morals."
Callow yuppies crave love, redemption and alcohol in this engrossing saga of the post-9/11, post-dotcom age of anxiety. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2007

Equally accomplished in war, letters and (relatively) compassionate government, a strong ally of the Aztec Empire and a ruler who turned the city-state of Tezcoco (more often spelled Texcoco) into the Athens of pre-Conquest Mexico, Nezahualcóyotl is a historical figure whose name is well worth learning to pronounce. Read full book review >

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THE COMPOSITION by Antonio Skármeta
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"Useful, perhaps, for social-studies teachers trying to explain what life is like under a totalitarian regime, but not a particularly engaging work. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Well-meaning if heavy-handed, this picture book views a Latin American dictatorship through the eyes of a nine year old. Read full book review >

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JAMES JOYCE by Alfonso Zapico
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A solid account of the development of a writer not easy to encapsulate."
A graphic biography of the literary master. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Serrano's an adequate writer, and the story could have been a decent long-form magazine article. As a book, however, there is just too much mystery-free filler."
A Civil War story only for those who can't get enough of the War Between the States. Read full book review >

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TRICYCLE by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Economic extremes may not be so side-by-side visible in the U.S., but they certainly exist, and children on both sides of the metaphorical hedge would benefit from this invitation to think about that. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A discussion-starter if ever there was one, this brief episode contrasts wealth and poverty in an unnamed Latin American country. Read full book review >

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GARIBALDI by Alfonso Scirocco
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A stiff, workmanlike approach to the life of a noble figure."
Dense, encyclopedic biography of world-renowned intrepid proponent for Italian social justice. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Western history buffs will enjoy this entertaining but middling account, burrs under the saddle and all."
The story of an inspired stunt on the part of Buffalo Bill Cody, who organized a horse race from Nebraska to Chicago, the winner claiming his prize in the arena at Cody's Wild West Show right next door to the world-changing Columbian Exposition of 1893. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW MOTHER by Seán Virgo
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 10, 2014

"Not much here for children, but the portentous atmosphere may prompt readers of the inked and pierced set to overlook the story's overall lack of clarity or cohesion. (Folk tale. 14-18)"
The traditional selkie story plays out in an arc of unrequited love and abandonment in this moody iteration. Read full book review >

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ANTIGUA AND MY LIFE BEFORE by marcela Serrano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Only intermittently compelling."
This exploration of the mysteries of womanhood, artistic and political commitment, and identity focuses on the lifelong symbiotic friendship between rootless artist-architect Violeta Dasinski and famous pop singer Josefa Ferrer, who tells their story. Read full book review >

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SOMOS COMO LAS NUBES / WE ARE LIKE THE CLOUDS by Jorge Argueta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Poignant, heartbreaking, and, sadly, timely. (author's note) (Bilingual picture book/poetry. 8 & up)"
With tenderness and humanity, this bilingual book describes the hopes, fears, and uncertainties of the thousands of displaced children that arrive every year at the southern border of the United States. Read full book review >