Search Results: "Christina MacSweeney"


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SIDEWALKS by Valeria Luiselli
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 13, 2014

"A collection that can't be categorized as memoir or travel writing or literary criticism but cohesively combines such elements and more."
Place, identity and the limitations of language converge in this slim collection of illuminating and incisive essays. Read full book review >

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FACES IN THE CROWD by Valeria Luiselli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2014

"Ultimately, a novel that is no more (or less) than words on the page."
A debut novel that never lets readers forget it's a novel, toying with them on multiple levels. Read full book review >

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AMONG STRANGE VICTIMS by Daniel Saldaña París
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Though a study of slothfulness and its discontents, a welcome book on which the author has clearly expended energy."
A pleasingly quirky U.S. debut from Saldaña París, a young Mexican writer who now lives in Canada. Read full book review >

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EMPTY SET by Verónica Gerber Bicecci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Within the deliberately fractured text, themes echo and time folds and unfolds. A spare, artfully constructed meditation on loss, both personal and national."
Set in Mexico and Argentina, Bicecci's debut novel concerns itself with time, disappearance, Venn diagrams, and the circularity of the universe. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF MY TEETH by Valeria Luiselli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A clever philosophical novel that, as the author puts it, has 'less to do with lying than surpassing the truth.'"
A lively, loopy experimental novel rich with musings on language, art, and, yes, teeth. Read full book review >

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JACK THE BEAR by Christina Leist
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"While the clever choices of creatures to represent their important human counterparts may elicit chuckles from adults, this well-meaning tale ultimately fails to be greater than the sum of its parts. (Picture book. 4-6)"
On the cover a kindly bear looks up with open arms to welcome readers into an exploration of what could make "the world a better place." Read full book review >

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ESCAPE FROM POMPEII by Christina Balit
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A few morsels of fact, a few of story: likely only to whet readers' appetites for fuller accounts, such as Shelley Tanaka's Buried City of Pompeii (1997). (Historical fiction/picture book. 8-10)"
A sketchily told, if more elaborately illustrated, tale of Pompeii's destruction as witnessed by two young natives. Read full book review >

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ATLANTIS by Christina Balit
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"A closing note by Geoffrey Ashe, author of Atlantis: Lost Lands, Ancient Wisdom (not reviewed), puts the tale into both historical and cultural perspective. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-10)"
Balit (Twelve Labors of Hercules, 1997) recasts Ancient World accounts into a spare narrative, describing Atlantis's creation as Poseidon's wedding gift to his mortal bride Cleito, its idyllic early history, gradual descent into lawlessness, and final punitive submergence. Read full book review >

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RED VELVET CRUSH by Christina Meredith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 14, 2016

"Though the ending leans toward melodrama, this fast-paced story of sibling rivalry and betrayal should appeal to a wide teen audience. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Meredith explores the difficult relationship between two sisters: one who harbors a secret talent and the other who lusts after any spotlight. Read full book review >

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CUPID AND DIANA by Christina Bartolomeo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"Amusing, but so light that if you breathe on the page, the words will fly right off."
A contemporary romantic soufflÇ: boy meets girl, girl already has fiancÇ, girl dumps fiancÇ, boy dumps girl. Read full book review >