Search Results: "Cecilia Velástegui"


BOOK REVIEW

CECILIA by Linda Ferri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"A disappointment."
A young woman in second-century Rome progresses from pampered aristocrat to Christian martyr in this second novel from Italian screenwriter Ferri (Enchantments, 2005). Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"This richly rendered but unfocused novel needs more action and less art history to keep readers intrigued."
A coveted painting of the Immaculate Conception connects the lives of women past and present in Velástegui's ambitious debut novel. Read full book review >

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PARISIAN PROMISES by Cecilia Velástegui
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"An elusive tale of love, sex and mind games."
In Velástegui's (Trace of Bliss, 2011, etc.) novel, an American girl studying abroad in 1970s Paris finds herself risking her safety as well as her heart. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 4, 2013

"Fortified by vibrant characters and a tenacious plot; it packs a mean punch when readers least expect it."
A hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu leads a group of Ivy League women into the crux of deceit and debauchery in Velástegui's novel. Read full book review >

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TRACES OF BLISS by Cecilia Velástegui
Released: March 24, 2012

"Though the book is at times difficult to follow, it is nevertheless a beautifully written story of love, loss and opportunity."
Velástegui's psychological thriller is a dark tale of angst and redemption spanning centuries. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Sure to find readers especially in libraries serving larger Latino populations. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In this sequel to Cecilia's Year (2004), the authors continue their fictionalized biography of their mother, growing up in the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico in the 1930s. Read full book review >

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CECILIA BARTOLI by Kim Chernin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 1997

Self-indulgent ramblings that reveal more about the author than about her putative subject. Read full book review >

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CECILIA AND MIGUEL ARE BEST FRIENDS / CECILIA Y MIGUEL SON MEJORES AMIGOS by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"Nevertheless, an infectiously warm celebration of friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A childhood friendship remains steady and true throughout teenage years and beyond into adult life and marriage. Read full book review >

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THE PATRON SAINT OF BUTTERFLIES by Cecilia Galante
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Readers will be amazed by Agnes and Honey's strength to enter a brave new world of Big Macs and automatic doors—and independence and unconditional love. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Agnes fasts and self-mutilates to emulate the martyrs depicted in her copy of The Saints' Way, while orphaned Honey would rather contemplate the beauty of butterflies than the religious rhetoric they have been forced to follow from their oppressive leader, Emmanuel. Read full book review >

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SEXCRIME by Cecilia Tan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 31, 2000

"Gardner Dozois, etc.) of minimal interest."
More erotic fiction edited by Tan (Black Feathers, 1998, etc.), this comprising 12 tales, 1993-2000, half of which have been published before in other collections; the book itself first appeared in Canada in January. Read full book review >

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VIGIL by Cecilia Samartin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2009

"Earnest, but the main characters' saintliness dilutes the drama."
A nun-in-training finds her true calling caring for a dysfunctional Angeleno family in Samartin's determinedly upbeat third novel (Tarnished Beauty, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >