Search Results: "Carmen Maria Machado"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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BEYOND THE THRESHOLD by Maria del Carmen Tapia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Avoiding facile sensationalism, Tapia's relentlessly detailed chronicle shows how idealism can lead to the repression of basic human rights."
A disturbing indictment of the methods and ethos of Opus Dei, from a devout Catholic who spent 18 years in the organization and worked at its highest levels. 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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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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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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GUS GRISSOM by Carmen Bredeson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

The ill-fated life of astronaut Virgil ``Gus'' Grissom is recounted in this latest entry to the Countdown to Space series aimed at less proficient readers. Read full book review >

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Cliff Diver by Carmen Amato
Released: Jan. 30, 2013

"A clever Mexican detective tale that will leave readers eager for the series' next installment."
Emilia Cruz, Acapulco's first-ever female detective, investigates a police lieutenant's murder and tracks down counterfeit bills in the second installment of Amato's (Made In Acapulco, 2012) mystery series. Read full book review >

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CHILD’S PLAY by Carmen Posadas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Clever, aphoristic, even philosophical, but not by any means suspenseful. Best consumed a paragraph at a time, like the I Ching."
Posadas (The Last Resort, 2005, etc.) continues her deconstruction of traditional mystery formulas with this teasing but ultimately juiceless interrogation of a fatal, suspiciously coincidental school accident. Read full book review >