Search Results: "Bettina Restrepo"


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ILLEGAL by Bettina Restrepo
FICTION
Released: March 8, 2011

"This memorable coming-of-age story will awaken readers to the overlooked struggles of immigrants. (glossary) (Fiction. YA)"
When Nora's dad left their small Mexican town, Cedula, to make money for the family in the United States, he promised to be back for her 15th birthday quinceañera celebration. Read full book review >

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BETTINA VALENTINO AND THE PICASSO CLUB by Niki Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2009

"Profusely illustrated and told in first-person chronological episodes, this may have appeal for some reluctant readers as well. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The acclaimed South African author/illustrator ventures into chapter-book territory with this humorous account of how a new art teacher shakes up fifth grader Bettina Valentino's school and inspires the fledgling artist. Read full book review >

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CROSSING THE EXPENDABLE LANDSCAPE by Bettina Drew
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A solid, well-argued, and sometimes radical plea for a better-built environment."
Social criticism meets travelogue in an uncomplimentary tour of the American metropolis. Read full book review >

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EICHMANN BEFORE JERUSALEM by Bettina Stangneth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"A rigorously documented, essential work not only about Eichmann's masterly masquerade, but also about how we come to accept appearances as truth."
A riveting reconstruction of a fanatical National Socialist's obdurate journey in exile and appalling second career in Argentina. Read full book review >

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THE DARK BRIDE by Laura Restrepo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Lushly imagined but filled with clichés: basically another 'prostitute with a heart of gold' story, tarted up with references to Fellini and pretentious pronouncements about love."
Colombian Restrepo (Leopard in the Sun, 1999, etc.) offers a romantic concoction about a community of prostitutes (putas) servicing workers from the oil fields. Read full book review >

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LEOPARD IN THE SUN by Laura Restrepo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Leopard In The Sun ($23.00; Sept. 1; 256 pp.; 0-609-60386-8): A yeasty melodrama, first published in 1993, about the violent underpinnings of her country's thriving drug trade, by the Colombian author of The Angel of Galilea (1998). Read full book review >

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DELIRIUM by Laura Restrepo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2007

"After the treacly The Angel of Galilea (1998) and the acrid Leopard in the Sun (1999), you never know what you'll get from Restrepo. Delirium is one of her better books."
A prominent Colombian family's degradation and undoing mirror their country's victimization by murderous drug lords in this ambitious novel, the author's sixth in English translation. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A vivid retelling of events that still shape our lives today."
The first English-language biography of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Enrico Fermi (1901-1954), a highly respected figure in both of the author's families. Read full book review >

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30 SECONDS by Sam Giancana
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 9, 1998

"Tons of surefire thriller elements; not a spark of life."
Lust, greed, violence, the frenzy of the ad biz, the evils of the drug trade, the vagaries of the Information Age, the CIA, the Super Bowl, the kitchen sink—and still the suspense just won't wash. Read full book review >

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THE ANGEL OF GALILEA by Laura Restrepo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"This transparent piffle, already an international success, arrives garlanded with praises from Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez—whose tongues, one assumes, must be very sore from being held so firmly in their cheeks."
This fulsome first novel from Colombia portrays the changed sensibility of a woman reporter who investigates rumors that an angel has shown up in a Bogot† barrio. Read full book review >

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A TALE OF THE DISPOSSESSED by Laura Restrepo
Released: Aug. 6, 2004

"Vividly detailed, a florid fantasy that suggests the miraculous potential of hope and love in the midst of perpetual war."
The fourth from Colombian Restrepo (The Dark Bride, 2002, etc.) traces an unlikely romance between a displaced man—raised in the hell of the country's decades-long civil war—and an outsider. Read full book review >

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ISLE OF PASSION by Laura Restrepo
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Improbable, sure, but that's not a bad thing in a historical romance this vivid and entertaining."
The Colombian author's previously untranslated 1999 debut novel is arguably her best: a ripping yarn that recreates an obscure historical incident. Read full book review >