Search Results: "Elena Poniatowska"


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TINISIMA by Elena Poniatowska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"One appreciates the energy and specificity that sparkle throughout, but one misses the novel it might have been."
A dramatic, fast-paced fictionalization of the life of photographer and political activist Tina Modotti, by the Mexican author whose works in English translation include the novel Dear Diego (not reviewed) and the nonfiction Massacre in Mexico (1975). Read full book review >

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HERE’S TO YOU, JESÚSA! by Elena Poniatowska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Ho-hum as either fiction or history."
First English edition of a 1969 novel by the renowned Mexican author (Tinisima, 1996): a fictionalized life of a soldadera who followed the Mexican Revolution's soldiers on campaign that reads like a poorly edited oral biography. Read full book review >

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THE SKIN OF THE SKY by Elena Poniatowska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"A great concept, but it reads like Poniatowska gave up in the middle of the second draft."
A poor young man grows up to be an eminent astronomer. Read full book review >

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Elena Chavez by Jeanette Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2015

"Fast-paced and replete with steamy romance and eroticism but short on meaningful character development."
In Collins' erotic romance, a deputy sheriff seeks redemption after a disturbing encounter with a seductive, dangerous stranger. Read full book review >

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ELENA VANISHING by Elena Dunkle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 5, 2015

"This memoir contains moving snapshots of a young woman's struggles with anorexia nervosa, but readers may be frustrated by omissions of key moments in the recovery process. (Memoir. 14 & up)"
This co-authored, mother-daughter memoir recounts daughter Elena's five-year struggle to overcome anorexia nervosa after her diagnosis at 17. Read full book review >

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MESSAGE FROM ELENA by Ray Cristina
Released: April 29, 2009

"An intriguing premise that starts strong, only to be watered down by weak characters and a lack of intensity."
In this historical novel, a young man doesn't realize how intertwined his life is with his boss's until he makes a fateful promise to him. Read full book review >

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ELENA OF THE STARS by C.P. Rosenthal
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"A decent coming-of-age story that gallops off on a wrong turn into the overgrazed fields of movie-plot land."
What begins as a spare, elegiac story of a girl, a grandfather, and a golden horse (have your hankies out yet?) veers into National Velvet meets Deliverance in this offering from California writer Rosenthal, author of three earlier novels (Loop's End, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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FOR THE SAKE OF ELENA by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 1992

"Havers outings."
The fifth outing for Scotland Yard's Inspector Lynley (rich, sleek aristocrat) and Sergeant Havers (rough-edged, bitter plain-Jane)—this time called up to Cambridge to investigate the brutal murder of a sexy, unstable, deaf student. Read full book review >

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RUSSIAN TATTOO by Elena Gorokhova
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Without the flair of Gary Shteyngart or the urgency of Anna Politkovskaya—of some interest but modestly so."
In her second memoir, St. Petersburg native Gorokhova (A Mountain of Crumbs, 2010) chronicles a decadeslong clash of cultures between Russia and America.Read full book review >

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Becoming a Queen by Elena Buckley
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A cloying fable better suited for a bedtime story."
The fictional tale of a young woman who attains her childhood dream of becoming a queen. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"A well-tempered introduction to music's far-reaching influence on man, beast and cosmos."
Preliminary but striking investigations into the effects of music on everything from string theory to a baby's cry, from documentarian Mannes. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Frank, funny and revealing of relations between—and among—the sexes."
A 30-something comedic actress explores her sexual orientation. Read full book review >