Search Results: "David Unger"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MASTERMIND by David Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"The political elements in Unger's story become more gripping through the eyes of his flawed protagonist. He's especially good at subtly shifting the tone of the narrative so that danger signs build up around Guillermo before either he or the reader realizes."
Unger (The Price of Escape, 2011, etc.) bases his latest novel on the true story of a Guatemalan lawyer who planned his own murder in 2009, fleshing out the story with healthy shots of sex and corruption.Read full book review >

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LIFE IN THE DAMN TROPICS by David Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"With echoes of Mordecai Richler's antiheroic tales of urban Jewish life, Unger's downbeat exploration suggests that though success at the price of collaboration with evil is no success, when you meet the love of your life, you might as well live."
Despairing debut about the Jewish experience in 20th-century Central America that, though enlivened by innocent eroticism and comic absurdity, finds little to love in a sunny fool's paradise. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"Colón's exquisitely textured, full-page and border watercolor-and-pencil illustrations and such pleasing design details as flying birds and suns complete this gorgeous collection. (Folktales. 3 & up)"
A successful Mexican-American bookseller makes his debut as a writer with this bilingual collection of seven folktales from Spanish and Latin-American lore. Read full book review >

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THE HONEY JAR by Rigoberta Menchú
by Rigoberta Menchú, Dante Liano, illustrated by Domi, translated by David Unger
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"This collection by a Nobel Peace Prize winner is a first-purchase addition to any library that includes African legends and myths, Native-American how and why stories and the literary tales of Rudyard Kipling. (Folktales. 8-10)"
Grandmother Moon, Grandfather Sun, Mother Earth and Father Sun all have a part to play in this collection of a dozen Mayan myths that reveal the nature of events, animals and even humans that inhabit the earth. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL FROM CHIMEL by Rigoberta Menchú
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Younger readers may find the tales, and some of the anecdotes, of interest, but adults will respond most strongly to these misty reminiscences—and to the poignant undertone added by Menchú's hints of ensuing troubled times. (Autobiography. 8-10)"
The Nobel Peace Prize-winner offers a set of disconnected episodes from an idyllic Guatemalan childhood, occasionally animated by poetic flights of language—"My grandfather walked and walked. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 16, 2012

"Though historians may not particularly value the book, Unger presents clear arguments about the futility of trying to make America invulnerable."
A compelling polemic wrapped in a shallow history. Read full book review >

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IN THE BLOOD by Lisa Unger
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Another scary winner from an accomplished pro."
The Hollows is once again a poor choice for someone trying to keep a secret in this latest thriller from best-selling author Unger (Heartbroken, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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BEAUTIFUL LIES by Lisa Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2006

"Cleverly handled suspense for chick-lit readers."
A cozy, personable debut about a young New York City journalist who inadvertently begins to unravel her own identity. Read full book review >

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THE RED HUNTER by Lisa Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"All twisty and turny and the things this genre should be, but the ending's entirely predictable."
Two women whose lives are connected by a deadly old house embark on a collision course in Unger's latest thriller. Read full book review >

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FRAGILE by Lisa Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2010

"Cleverly plotted and emotionally engaging."
Several decades of small-town misdeeds come to light in Unger's latest thriller (Die for You, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND by Lisa Unger
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Sure to be another hit with Unger fans."
Unger (Fragile, 2010, etc) resurrects characters from a previous novel and continues their journeys in this latest angsty thriller. Read full book review >