Search Results: "Ana M. Cerro"


BOOK REVIEW

MY NAME IS MARIA ISABEL by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

"Pair this with Barbara Cohen's Molly's Pilgrim (1983) for a fine multicultural comparison. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When Mar°a Isabel Salazar L¢pez's family moves, there are already two Mar°as in her new class, so the teacher decides to call her Mary L¢pez. 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 >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Heartless September sprouts a heart during this remarkable, awesome journey. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2011), heroine September embarks on another quest, this time to Fairyland-Below, where her shadow rules as queen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Complex, rich and memorable. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this modern fairytale, an insouciant, "somewhat heartless" 12-year-old girl from Omaha visits Fairyland and accepts a quest to rescue its inhabitants from the rule-mad Marquess. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PET SHOP REVOLUTION by Ana Juan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An unsettling outing, with none of the dreamy lyricism that illuminated the artist's earlier Night Eater (2004). (Picture book. 6-8)"
This tale of a harsh pet-store owner who turns over a new leaf would be uplifting were it not so frightening. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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THE PALACE OF JUSTICE by Ana Carrigan
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 29, 1993

"An unsparing and convincingly documented tract that could do for Colombia what Zola's J'accuse did for France."
An expatriate journalist's vivid, authoritative, and righteously indignant account of a defining moment in the troubled, turbulent history of Colombia. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

Maidin Iron by Ana Padilla
Released: April 20, 2012

"A confident, witty tale of triumph and sacrifice."
A bold, inspiring debut memoir by the first female ironworker in the state of New Mexico. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >