Search Results: "Ben Fong-Torres"


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HICKORY WIND by Ben Fong-Torres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 1991

"A skillfully drawn portrait, tragic and absorbing. (Eight pages of photos—not seen.)"
Fong-Torres, 12 years an editor at Rolling Stone and currently feature writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, presents a richly detailed life of Gram Parsons—a musician who, although his records sold poorly and he died in 1973 at the age of 26, continues to be cited as a seminal influence by musicians as diverse as Emmy Lou Harris, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 1994

"An enjoyable, thought-provoking tale of family ties and cultural identity, but rock 'n' roll fans may be frustrated by the author's emphases."
A tender, sometimes funny memoir by a son of Chinese immigrants who became a writer and Rolling Stone editor. Read full book review >

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WILLIN' by Ben Fong-Torres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"Those who are already fans will appreciate the few revelations here."
An eclectic Los Angeles rock band of the 1970s that deserved a much larger following isn't likely to reach one through this serviceable biography. Read full book review >

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B.B. WOLF by Debbie Fong
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"A low-key, appealingly unpretentious twist on a familiar folk tale. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
A revised "Little Red Riding Hood," with unusually simple and effective illustrations and interactive features. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"A medical thriller of the first order."
The founder of the Centre for Altitude, Space, and Extreme Environment Medicine examines the connections between extraordinary advances in modern medicine and the experiences of explorers, mountaineers, soldiers and others who face extreme conditions. Read full book review >

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LILIANA'S GRANDMOTHERS by Leyla Torres
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"All the characters are badly drawn; the cat, in particular, suffers from limbs that have odd angles and lines. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From Torres (Subway Sparrow, 1993), a book that offers perhaps a too-rosy portrayal of the relationships a girl has with her two grandmothers. Read full book review >

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SUBWAY SPARROW by Leyla Torres
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Torres's realistic watercolors, though a little stiff, capture the milieu well enough; but her simple story is ingeniously constructed, nicely paced, and altogether disarming. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Torres's first picture book, also available in Spanish (ISBN: 0-374-82756-4), is a charming multicultural vignette. Read full book review >

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ONE CHILD by Mei Fong
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Finished just before the announcement of the policy's demise, One Child is a touching and captivating anthropological investigation of one of the most invasive laws ever devised."
Widespread female infanticide and officials jailing pregnant women's families to induce them to surrender to abortions—these are scenes not from a dystopian novel but from China's family planning bureaucracy. Read full book review >

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STEF SOTO, TACO QUEEN by Jennifer Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Once readers get past the drama, they'll cheer for Stef Soto, her family, and Tía Perla. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Debut novelist Torres delivers a light, touching novel about a seventh-grader, her first-generation family's food truck, and her tribulations at school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 21, 2012

"Give this one to kids struggling with a new school or to anyone interested in animal rescue."
Starting middle school can be tough, so Madison Morgan doesn't think she can handle it without a dog, but her stepfather has other ideas. Read full book review >

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It's NOT Just A Dog! by Pam Torres
Released: April 24, 2014

"While some scenes will be tear-jerkers for sure, Madison's (and Torres') compassion for voiceless dogs may inspire action in her animal-loving readers."
In Torres' second entry in her middle-grade Project Madison series (Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog, 2012), middle schooler Madison uncovers a dogfighting ring in her neighborhood—and learns more about her special empathic gift. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 2011

"Valuable, insightful information but may require too much forward planning."
A comprehensive book that details and outlines how to achieve optimum fitness and improve one's quality of life. Read full book review >