Search Results: "Alitha E. Martinez"


BOOK REVIEW

MY BOYFRIEND BITES by Dan Jolley
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Hip, steamy fun. (Graphic paranormal romance. 12-14)"
A small-town teen fond of taking on difficult boyfriends as "projects" acquires a taste for tougher challenges when her newest one turns into a giant bat. Read full book review >

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FUTURE BRIGHT by Michael E. Martinez
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Readers willing to wade through the textbook-style prose will be convinced of this subject's importance."
To the question, "Can intelligence be raised?" a resounding "Yes!" Read full book review >

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THE LAST CITY ROOM by Al Martinez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A turbulent period and setting fully realized. Martinez (City of Angles, 1996, etc.) writes compassionately about it all, 'writes with fire and meaning'—to borrow the phrase he uses for his hero."
The Los Angeles Times columnist Pulitzer Prize winner tells a poignant story about the death of a newspaper. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

An elegy for the city that once was ridiculed as the mecca of mellow and is now ridiculed as the capital of free-floating hostility. Read full book review >

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MY HEART IS A DRUNKEN COMPASS by Domingo Martinez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A passionate, occasionally convoluted account of personal redemption."
A best-selling memoirist tells the story of how he survived—and came to terms with—the traumatic near-deaths of his youngest brother and former fiancee. Read full book review >

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VIRTUOSITY by Jessica Martinez
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Former child violin prodigy Martinez brings this overwrought world to tense, quivering life and guides readers through it confidently. A brilliant debut. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Grammy-winning, world-touring violinist Carmen Bianchi, 17, has outgrown child-prodigy status. To transition to an adult career as a virtuoso soloist, she must win the Guarneri Competition. If she loses, she'll be just another former prodigy. Read full book review >

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PARROT IN THE OVEN by Victor Martinez
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

"The picture Manny paints of his world is not a pretty one, but it is unusually vibrant. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A whirlwind of surprising similes and inventive turns of phrase colorfully frame this grim, ultimately tender story, subtitled ``Mi Vida,'' about a young Chicano getting his priorities straight. Read full book review >

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THE BOY KINGS OF TEXAS by Domingo Martinez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2012

"A finely detailed, sentimental family scrapbook inscribed with love."
Seattle-based Latino journalist Martinez recalls his youthful adventures in the 1980s romping around the border town of Brownsville, Texas. Read full book review >

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COVER-UP by Michele Martinez
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 2007

"The dialogue is clunky in places and Vargas's role in the case seems implausible, but this fast-paced, suspenseful chick-lit thriller combines sexy romance with enough action to keep readers engaged."
A feisty female federal prosecutor pursues the brutal killer of a beautiful muckraking television journalist while at the same time balancing her growing feelings for a hunky FBI agent. Read full book review >