Search Results: "Antonio J. Mendez"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A swift, engrossing summary of a life and a way of life. (8 pages photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection; author tour)"
The retired, highly decorated chief of disguise for the CIA highlights his adventurous 25-year career. Read full book review >

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SPY DUST by Antonio J. Mendez
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Solid storytelling brought to bear on engaging material: a real-life pleasure for fans of John le Carré and Tom Clancy."
Fascinating memoir from a husband-and-wife team of spooky gamesmanship in the Cold War's deadly back alleys. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 17, 2012

"A solid choice for fans of thrillers and international intrigue."
A real-life tale of intrigue and deception from a former CIA agent. Read full book review >

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A CUBAN IN PARADISE by Antonio J. Guernica
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"An enjoyable novel of Cuban history, seen through the eyes of those who witnessed it."
Documentary film writer Guernica's first novel is a historical saga that depicts a 1950s Cuban family caught in the storm of Castro's revolution. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF DREAMS by Antonio Tabucchi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2000

"A lovely little book that keeps on ringing in your head long after you've finished it."
Two fetchingly lyrical short works by the Borges-like Italian author of Pereira Declares (1996), etc. "The Last Three Days of Fernando Pessoa: A Delirium" (1994) is an elegant threnody describing the great Portuguese poet's approach to death as a meditative series of "meetings" with his "heteronyms" (fictional alter egos) and reflections on his political and aesthetic ideals. Read full book review >

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THIS WAY, THAT WAY by Antonio Ladrillo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Elegantly simple in design, but as for content, less is definitely less. (Novelty. 2-4)"
Using vertical and diagonal creases to bend the pages, readers can transform circles and other geometric shapes in this wordless concept book. Read full book review >

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THE MISSING HEAD by Antonio Tabucchi
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 26, 1999

"On the whole, the novel is an unlikely delight."
The latest from the eminent Italian author of Requiem (1994) and Pereira Declares (1996) once again explores the land and people of Portugal—this time in the form of a murder mystery whose initiating action is the discovery of a headless body near a gypsy encampment. Read full book review >

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FINDING HOME by Maruchi Mendez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2012

"A sad, cautionary tale peppered with enough back stories to keep human-interest readers engaged."
Mendez debuts with a poignant tribute to her son, a promising high school and college baseball star cut down by a heart defect. Read full book review >

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I LOVE YOU, SLEEPYHEAD by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"A visual lullaby of love and peace sadly hampered by the limping scansion. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The tender reassurance of a mother's affecting presence at bedtime is a universally appreciated theme (hence its ubiquity), here handsomely rendered by Mendez in fuzzy-edged full-page paintings of animal families, accompanied by a gentle, sometimes lyrical, sometimes imbalanced rhyme. Read full book review >

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PREHISTORIC ANCESTORS OF MODERN ANIMALS by Matthew Rake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"Armchair thrills aplenty for Anthropocene readers. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Artful digital collage makes it easy to imagine memorable modern encounters with a hippo-eating snake and other extinct creatures. Read full book review >