Search Results: "Ana Maria Machado"


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UNTIL THE DAY ARRIVES by Ana Maria Machado
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Despite awkward moments, the tale offers vivid descriptions, an intriguing plot and a setting not often seen in North American literature for children. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
In the early 17th century, two hauntingly plague-orphaned Portuguese siblings flee their village for Lisbon, only to encounter more vicissitudes before reaching a safer haven in Brazil. Read full book review >

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WHAT A PARTY! by Ana Maria Machado
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"An effervescent celebration of the best possibilities of urban multiculturalism. Readers will want to move right in. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A birthday party demands some pretty careful planning. Read full book review >

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FROM ANOTHER WORLD by Ana Maria Machado
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Translated from the Portuguese, this Hans Christian Andersen award winner weaves together a mildly enigmatic yet unexciting plot that purports themes of freedom and justice accompanied by slightly cubist-style charcoal or pastel drawings. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When Mariano's mother and friend decide to restore and convert an old plantation house into an inn, the ghostly apparition of Rosario, a slave child from the previous century, brings to light a story of cruel mass murder in 19th-century Brazil. Read full book review >

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WOLF WANTED by Ana Maria Machado
by Ana Maria Machado, illustrated by Laurent Cardon, translated by Elisa Amado
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"With a wink and a nod to fictional wolves worldwide. (facts on wolves) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Manny Wolf is looking for a job. Read full book review >

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HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An exceptional and pungently inventive first book."
Machado's debut collection brings together eight stories that showcase her fluency in the bizarre, magical, and sharply frightening depths of the imagination. Read full book review >

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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 LUCKIEST SCAR ON EARTH by Ana Maria Spagna
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"It's delightful to see a female snowboarder as narrator, and readers who can get past the book's unevenness will find distinctive characters and an underrepresented subject. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen snowboarder reconnects with her estranged father, an ardent environmentalist. Read full book review >

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THE POSTHUMOUS MEMOIRS OF BRAS CUBAS by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Quincas Borba, belongs with his uniquely gifted creator right up there among the immortals."
The Posthumous Memoirs of Br†s Cubas ($25.00; Nov.; 256 pp.; 0-19- 510169-3): This earlier (1881) novel by the prolific Machado (18391908) employs the same essential technique (stops-and-starts, authorial expostulations, direct addresses to the reader) to tell the story, following his death and written from the ``other world,'' of its amazingly blasÇ title character and narrator. Read full book review >

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DOM CASMURRO by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The self-tormenting narrator's explosive, digressive revelations of his own vanity and shortsightedness make for both a piquant criticism of the romantic temperament and an unforgettably wry character study."
Dom Casmurro ($25.00; Nov.; 288 pp.; 0-19-510308-4): Oxford's newly launched ``Library of Latin America'' wisely begins with attractive new editions of the fiction of Brazil's greatest novelist. 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 >