Search Results: "Amanda Hopkinson"


BOOK REVIEW

MONEY TO BURN by Ricardo Piglia
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Latin American noir at its best—and further evidence of Piglia's remarkable versatility and skill."
The Argentinean author of Artificial Respiration (1994) and The Absent City (2000) brilliantly re-creates a notorious, real-life 1965 Buenos Aires bank robbery and its aftermath. Read full book review >

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DEAD HORSEMEAT by Dominique Manotti
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Manotti (Rough Trade, 2005) provides truly labyrinthine skullduggery and a furious pace. Her translators add English prose clipped within an inch of its life."
Paris, 1989, is the capital of European mercantile finance, cocaine smuggling, sweetheart deals, cover-ups, specialized brothels and, of course, dead horses. Read full book review >

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IN THE MIDST OF WINTER by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"This winter's tale has something to melt each frozen heart."
Thrown together by a Brooklyn blizzard, two NYU professors and a Guatemalan nanny find themselves with a body to dispose of. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL AND MISS PRYM by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2006

"A bit more playful than some of Coelho's other efforts, and all the better for it."
Coelho's latest parable (The Zahir, 2005, etc.) has vague Kafkaesque overtones as a town is challenged to murder an innocent in exchange for prosperity. Read full book review >

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THE JAPANESE LOVER by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Vividly and pointedly evoking prejudices 'unconventional' couples among the current-day elderly faced (and some are still battling), Allende, as always, gives progress and hopeful spirits their due."
Honored last year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her inspiring fiction and soul-baring memoirs, Allende (Ripper, 2014, etc.) offers a saga of a couple that keeps its affair secret for the better half of a century. Read full book review >

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Released: April 12, 2012

"Rich in voice, humor and dazzling imagery, studded with edgy ideas and wildly original, this multicultural mashup—like its heroine—defies categorization. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Noted for her fantasy and science fiction for adults, Hopkinson jumps triumphantly to teen literature. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"A thorough and absorbing recreation of the ill-fated voyage. (Nonfiction. 8-16)"
In what's sure to be a definitive work commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Hopkinson offers a well-researched and fascinating account of the disaster. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2006

"What might have been a dry topic is lively, the voices of the children vivid and personal. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
"The voices of children weave through the story of cotton," and the story of cotton weaves through the story of our nation. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Based on eyewitness accounts, the tale brings to life an event young readers will find fascinating. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Running away from the county poor farm in Texas, 11-year-old Nicholas Dray arrives in San Francisco penniless. Read full book review >

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DIVE! by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fascinating World War II history for history buffs and browsers alike. (epilogue, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Hopkinson's writing plumbs the depths in relating the undersea exploits of American submariners during World War II. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Not merely a book about Guyana, but an impressively rendered story about imperialism in general and cultural imperialism in particular."
An illumination of the interplay of art, culture, politics, race, and history in Guyana, a Caribbean country mostly ignored by the rest of the world but which serves here as a fascinating microcosm for the power of art to inspire change. Read full book review >

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THE NEW MOON’S ARMS by Nalo Hopkinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 23, 2007

"A winningly told tale filled with regional color."
Hopkinson (The Salt Roads, 2003, etc.) sets her latest in the fictional Caribbean nation of Cayaba. Read full book review >