Search Results: "Claudio Petrillo"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 19, 2009

"Implausible but laudable."
A far-fetched book of poetry that nonetheless delivers a valuable message of consolation to those who have lost loved ones. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2008

"A touching exploration of life's possibilities which illustrates that death is not an end, but a part of the life cycle."
Inspirational afterlife memoir studded with messages for the living from a young man who has passed, as divined through his father. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2014

"An unexpected, poetic tale, in which the medium really is the message."
This new version of Don Quixote is less an update of Cervantes than a comforting affirmation that our souls live on after we die. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

This well-documented resource, designed to support the social-science curricula in elementary- and middle-school classrooms, offers clear instructions on how to make 54 hands-on activities that celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Latino culture in the United States. Read full book review >

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WEST OF THE REVOLUTION by Claudio Saunt
NON-FICTION
Released: June 16, 2014

"A welcome amplification of the American story."
A multilayered American history of "formative events…occurring not just along the Eastern Seaboard but across all of North America." Read full book review >

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INFERENCES FROM A SABRE by Claudio Magris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1991

"General Krasnov remains as incomplete as the sabre from which all these inferences are drawn."
A very short (85-page) hybrid of a novel—essentially a lightly fictionalized investigation of real people and real events—by Italian author and critic Magris (the nonfiction Danube, 1989). Read full book review >

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A DIFFERENT SEA by Claudio Magris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1995

"A poignant portrait of failure and undaunted resilience to continue despite it."
From acclaimed Italian writer Magris (Inferences from a Sabre, 1991, etc.), one of those slender European novels that earnestly explore the meaning of life in exquisitely calibrated prose. Read full book review >

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JAKE’S BEST THUMB by Ilene Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"A terrific twist that combines two well-worn plots in one successful tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Jake's left thumb is his best thumb, wrinkled from sucking, "a prince among thumbs," according to Jake's uncle. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN AND MATEY SET SAIL by Daniel Laurence
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"And Muñoz's slaphappy, brisk illustrations are perfectly matched to the silly story and are invaluable aids in helping new readers get the gist of the words. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
A handful of cockamamie pirate tales that will have beginning readers chortling along as Captain and Matey squabble their way through silly adventures. Read full book review >

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LUISA AND THE SILENCE by Claudio Piersanti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The first of Piersanti's several novels to reach English translation. May his others follow soon."
The progress of an emotional and physical "crack-up" is traced in meticulous and spine-tingling detail in this accomplished 1997 Italian novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COME BACK, GRANDMA by Sue Limb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"A simply told story with unusual resonance. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bessie is well loved, but can't always find someone to play with; her parents are busy, and little Krishna next door isn't ``allowed out much.'' Still, Bessie has Grandma, who reads aloud, plays games (even hopscotch), and always has ``time for Bessie.'' When Grandma dies, Bessie tries to imagine heaven, where her mother says she is, and wonders if Grandma could have been reborn as an animal, as Krishna suggests; still, Bessie goes on missing her until, years later, Grandma is recalled in a very special way. Read full book review >

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AHWOOOOOOOO! by Yannick Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: June 12, 2006

"It is a tender, sometimes humorous journey that evokes the yearning of childhood while setting forth the virtues of the multi-generational family. (Picture book. 4-6)"
"I want to howl," says Little Wolf. Read full book review >