Search Results: "Deborah Rodriguez"


BOOK REVIEW

MARGARITA WEDNESDAYS by Deborah Rodriguez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"Readers who fell in love with Rodriguez's chronicle of life in Afghanistan will surely revel in this candid, intimate tale of starting over in middle age in a new country."
After being forced to flee Afghanistan, Rodriguez (co-author: Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil, 2007) initially settled on an isolated mountaintop in Northern California. Here, she recounts her rocky readjustment to American life and eventual relocation to Mexico. Read full book review >

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A CUP OF FRIENDSHIP by Deborah Rodriguez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"Rodriguez paints a vivid picture of Afghan culture and understands the uncomfortable role Americans play in political upheavals. But ultimately her cozy sentimentality undercuts the elements of harsh realism, as if Maeve Binchy had written The Kite Runner."
Memoirist Rodriguez (Kabul Beauty School, 2007) returns to Afghanistan, this time with a novel about an American woman running a coffee shop in Kabul. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 2007

"Terrifically readable, and rich in personal stories."
A lively narrative of the author's experiences reacquainting Afghan women with skills the mullahs had denied them. Read full book review >

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SERGIO MAKES A SPLASH! by Edel Rodriguez
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Sergio comes with his own website, but a celebrity like Olivia he's not—more of an everypenguin, whose angst in the face of new experiences will strike a chord in many young children. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Sergio the Argentinian penguin loves drinking, splashing and playing with water, but he can't swim—which makes for some anxious moments when his class takes a field trip to the ocean. Read full book review >

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ROOSTER'S REVENGE by Béatrice Rodriguez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Plenty to look at and much to think about in this complex and funny trilogy conclusion. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Picking up where The Chicken Thief (2010) left off, this companion follows Hen's erstwhile friends Rabbit, Bear and jilted Rooster as they make their way back home. Read full book review >

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THE GINGERBREAD MAN by Béatrice Rodriguez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Not the most flavorsome retelling, but worth a nibble. (Picture book folk tale. 4-6)"
It's all a lark in this quick and simple version of the tale—at least until someone gets eaten. Read full book review >

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From the Banks of Brook Avenue by W.R. Rodriguez
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A long, beautiful praise song to the land north of the Harlem River."
Poet Rodriguez (Concrete Pastures of the Beautiful Box, 2008, etc.) brings his Bronx Trilogy to a resounding, satisfying conclusion. Read full book review >

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FOX AND HEN TOGETHER by Béatrice Rodriguez
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 2011

"A sweetly loopy look at domestic travails filtered through a wickedly subversive lens. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bringing home the bacon (or, in this case, the fish) is not as simple as it may seem. Read full book review >

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SERGIO SAVES THE GAME! by Edel Rodriguez
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Victory is sweet, especially when it's earned. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Enthusiastic but clumsy—"It's not you, it's all this ice!" says his mother, but the other penguins don't seem to have a problem—Sergio finds himself playing goal in a last-ditch attempt to keep himself in the game. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Of great interest to the demographically inclined, and those who wonder what America will look like at the tricentennial."
Montezuma's revenge is not what you think. Instead, suggests essayist-journalist Rodriguez, the emperor's true revenge may be in the dismantling of the idea of racial differences among white, brown and every other hue. Read full book review >