Search Results: "Ana Castillo"


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I ASK THE IMPOSSIBLE by Ana Castillo
Released: March 27, 2001

"Energetic, down-to-earth."
"I ask the impossible: love me forever," Castillo's second collection begins. 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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THE GUARDIANS by Ana Castillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"A nuanced, vibrant look at the American experience through Mexican-American eyes."
Pride and tragedy unfold in this tale of Mexican Americans navigating the artificial border that splits their ancestral homeland. Read full book review >

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LOVERBOYS by Ana Castillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Only occasionally missing the mark (there are some failed narrative experiments), Castillo offers a substantial and noteworthy first collection, both honest and witty in its portrayal of love among the exiled. (Author tour)"
While explicitly probing the politics of otherness, this debut collection of 26 stories from Chicago writer Castillo (So Far from God, 1993, etc.) also concerns itself with the universal patterns of love. Read full book review >

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SO FAR FROM GOD by Ana Castillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 1993

"Storytelling skills and humor allow Castillo to integrate essaylike folklore sections (herbal curing, saint carving, cooking)—while political material (community organizing, toxic chemicals, feminism, the Gulf War) is delivered with unabashed directness and usually disarming charm."
Chicana writer Castillo (whose reputation until now has been mostly regional) brings a warm, sometimes biting but not bitter feminist consciousness to the wondrous, tragic, and engaging lives of a New Mexico mother and her four fated daughters. Read full book review >

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PEEL MY LOVE LIKE AN ONION by Ana Castillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Observant and witty, if not altogether exceptional: Castillo creates a poignant portrait of passion lost and regained."
Castillo (Loverboys, 1996, etc.) covers familiar territory here—the trials and tribulations of passion, displacement, and cultural identity—but offers a pleasing combination of the light and cheeky with the lyrically romantic. Read full book review >

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NANA IN THE CITY by Lauren Castillo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A sweet story for country-mouse readers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A child learns to appreciate Nana's urban environs. Read full book review >

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AFTER THE STORM by Linda Castillo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2015

"Castillo (The Dead Will Tell, 2014, etc.) poses another teasing puzzle whose solution is rooted in the past and another look at the secretive Amish lifestyle."
A small-town Ohio police chief is stressed to her limit by the aftermaths of a violent tornado and a crisis in her personal life. Read full book review >

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IN BETWEEN MEN by Mary Castillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2006

"The premise of Castillo's third novel, after Hot Tamara (2005), fizzles with too-few romantic twists and a humdrum plot."
Mousy Isa Avellan is voted by her students to be the school's least sexy teacher, and soon the single soccer mom is on her way to a revamped image and a backseat love affair. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD WILL TELL by Linda Castillo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 2014

"No one who picks up Kate's stunning sixth case (Her Last Breath, 2013, etc.), a marriage of thriller and police procedural, will put it down unfinished."
A pair of cold cases turns hot for an Ohio police chief with an Amish background. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT EATER by Ana Juan
by Ana Juan, illustrated by Ana Juan
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"An engaging tale, made even more memorable by Juan's distinctive style and vision. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The illustrator of Campbell Geeslin's Elena's Serenade (2003) again folds humorous and theatrical elements into mystical, surrealist art for an original tale imbued with folkloric overtones. Read full book review >