Search Results: "Ana Baca"


BOOK REVIEW

TÍA'S TAMALES by Ana Baca
by Ana Baca, illustrated by Noël Chilton, translated by Noël Chilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"An embarrassment of riches. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Every family recipe has a flavorful story behind it. Read full book review >

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CHILES FOR BENITO/CHILES PARA BENITO by Ana Baca
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Rendered in both Spanish and English, the tale is a natural not only for southwestern libraries, but also for any serving Spanish-speaking patrons. (recipe) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this New Mexican variation on "Jack and the Beanstalk," Christina's grandmother explains to her the importance of chile peppers to their people by telling her the story of her great-grandfather Benito. Read full book review >

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BENITO’S SOPAIPILLAS/LAS SOPAIPILLAS DE BENITO by Ana Baca
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2007

"Both English and Spanish versions move smoothly and quickly, and best of all, there's a recipe for the treat at the end. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In her latest, Baca offers another tale about the appealing and not always sensible Benito. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST WAR by Ana Menéndez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2009

"A quietly piercing cultural and philosophical think-piece, comparable in its low-key, allusive moodiness to a European art-house movie."
Suspicions regarding her absent husband lead a news photographer into meditation on self-knowledge and conflict in Menéndez's latest (Loving Che, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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BLACK DOVE by Ana Castillo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"There are points when the writing veers from emotional into overly sentimental. However, Castillo succeeds more often than she fails, and her book provides a compassionate look at those crossing points in our shared lives."
A memoir of a writer—single, bisexual, mother, feminist—and her thoughts on social injustices, culture, and families. Read full book review >

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IN CUBA I WAS A GERMAN SHEPHERD by Ana Menéndez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A pointed rendering of the human need to idealize what was in order to live with what is."
A debut collection from Miami Herald reporter Menéndez: interconnected stories about Cuban exiles' feelings of displacement in Miami. Read full book review >

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LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL! by Ana Eulate
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"High ideals with a mawkish sensibility. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fantasy and social responsibility mix uneasily in this optimistic translation from Spain. Read full book review >

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LET'S EAT! by Ana Zamorano
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"QuÇ maravilla, indeed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a winning celebration of the many loving circles of relationships in an extended family, newcomer Zamorano and veteran Vivas have collaborated on a snapshot of two weeks in the lives of a large Spanish clan. Read full book review >

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J.P. AND THE BOSSY DINOSAUR by Ana Crespo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Crespo needs a dictionary if she's going to make the series succeed. (note to parents and teachers) (Picture book. 4-6)"
Young JP's happy mood takes a (temporary) flier when he discovers from a dinosaur-shaped measuring sign that he's too short for the Tween-o-Saurus Rex pool. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PATIENT by Ana Maria Shua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A terrific first novel."
Patient ($14.95 paperback original; Dec.; 128 pp.; 0-935480-90-0): This exhilarating allegory, which its Argentinean author first published in 1980, records with deadpan (bedpan?) wit the odyssey of its unnamed narrator throughout the bureaucratic indifference of a busy state hospital to which he's admitted for routine tests. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO LOST FAIRYLAND by Catherynne M. Valente
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Readers may wish the words were food, so they could eat them up. And they may keep reading this series for just as long as people have been arguing about Oz. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Why live in Kansas when you can stay in Oz? Valente may well have wondered at Dorothy's inexplicable decision. Read full book review >