Search Results: "Anthony De Sa"


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KICKING THE SKY by Anthony De Sa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A largely bleak vision, top-heavy with angst and tragedy."
A scrappy immigrant community in Toronto in 1977 sinks deeper into superstition and violence after a child's murder; a pubescent boy struggles to comprehend the events in this gritty second book from Canadian De Sa (Barnacle Love, 2008) based on real events. Read full book review >

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BARNACLE LOVE by Anthony De Sa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"Intense, melancholy, occasionally overworked, De Sa's brooding debut illumines displacement and despair with glinting literary highlights."
Linked episodes in the life of an émigré from a Portuguese fishing community in the Azores trace bitter legacies through three generations. Read full book review >

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THIS WEEK IN AUDIOBOOKS
by Bobbi Dumas

Hope you all had a nice 4th of July!

It’s been a great week for me with audiobooks. I had the chance to listen to the upcoming Joshilyn Jackson title, The Almost Sisters (releases July 11; Kirkus gave it a star review).

I simply love Jackson, one of my favorite authors.  A beautiful, witty writer, she tells unique, lively ...


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IN SEARCH OF FATE by Anthony De Benedict
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 27, 2015

"An unusual thriller that's more thoughtful than suspenseful."
In De Benedict's debut novel, a brilliant executive faces a crisis of faith and morality that will affect the entire human race. Read full book review >

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THE LEWTON EXPERIMENT by Rachel Sa
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 15, 2013

"The romantic subplot is really shoehorned in, but it lightens the overall tone of this briskly paced mystery. (Light horror. 13-16)"
A budding journalist, almost 18, takes an internship at a small-town newspaper and discovers ugly doings afoot at the big-box store recently opened nearby. Read full book review >

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MORE THAN ONE KIND OF MIRROR
by Julie Danielson

It’s rare to see picture books that address squalor or anything just short of it. One could argue that children from families with significant economic disadvantages would prefer to read books of escapism. Yet at the same time, as has been addressed and discussed so often in the field of children’s literature, particularly in the past several years, those same ...


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LAKAS AND THE MAKIBAKA HOTEL/SI LAKAS AT ANG MAKIBAKA HOTEL by Anthony D. Robles
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"The vivid paintings have a cartoon quality that punches off the page and there are some fun touches: The landlord wears a hat and suit of $1000 bills. (bilingual English-Tagalog text) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Lakas, a young Filipino American, befriends several street performers who all live in the Makibaka Hotel. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Delicious and nutritious. (Nonfiction. 9-15)"
A week of lunches provides the menu for this exploration of food history and food science—from brown-bag specials to a perfect picnic. Read full book review >

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ALEXANDER & ALESTRIA by Shan Sa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"The power of the author's previous historical fiction came largely from a meticulous sense of historical detail missing in this artifice, which never comes to mythological or fictional life."
Beijing-born novelist and painter Shan Sa (Empress, 2006, etc.) imagines the life of Alexander the Great in terms of his impassioned love affair with an Amazon warrior queen. Read full book review >

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EMPRESS by Shan Sa
by Shan Sa, translated by Adriana Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2006

"A compelling read and surprisingly easy to follow, given its exotic complexity."
In sharp contrast to her tightly focused previous novel (The Girl Who Played Go, 2003), Shan Sa, the China-born French novelist and painter, has written a sweeping panoramic historical novel about the seventh century's Tang dynasty and China's only woman emperor. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO PLAYED GO by Shan Sa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2003

"Intense, operatic personal tragedy magnified by Sa's sense of history and Eastern culture."
The China-born Sa, who arrived in France in 1990 as a late adolescent and writes in French, presents the first of her three novels to be translated into English. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO CRIED by Khoa Le
by Khoa Le, illustrated by Khoa Le, translated by Snake SA
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A message-driven text at odds with the art's fantasy and whimsy. (Picture book. 4-6)"