Search Results: "Francisco Mora"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WILD HUNT by Jane Yolen
Released: May 1, 1995

"The language can't sustain the book's dreamlike qualities, and its few bright flourishes get buried. (Fiction. 10+)"
A gruesome fantasy, as cold and disturbing as a blood-stained suit of armor in a field of wildflowers. Read full book review >

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LISTEN TO THE DESERT/OYE AL DESIERTO by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: April 18, 1994

"An attractive book for introducing the desert- -and a second language—to young children. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A very simple text, with each line (``Listen to coyote call, ar-ar-aooo, ar-ar-aooo/El coyote canta, ah£££, ah£££, ah£££''; ``Listen to the wind spin, zoom, zoom, zoom...'') repeated twice in English plus twice in Spanish, becomes a rhythmic, lyrical bilingual chant suggesting the onomatopoeic powers of both tongues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Mora's softly colored realistic watercolors nicely complement this laugh-worthy story of innovation and trickery. (glossary, author's note) (Picture book/folklore. 5-10)"
Birdsong lulls the people on the isle of Luzon to sleep each night, because the birds practice their music in an abandoned house atop Mount Pinatubo and the evening breeze carries the sweet noise down. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANCISCO GOYA by Evan S. Connell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Well-crafted musings on living in violent and troubled times, using one of the greatest artists of that genre as a lens."
From literary nonfiction author and novelist Connell (Deus Lo Volt!, 2000, etc.), an idiosyncratic consideration of the groundbreaking Spanish artist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAN FRANCISCO by Jean Fritz
Released: Sept. 26, 1962

"The story of the earthquake and fire and how the city rallied to rebuild ends a most insightful tour whose purpose is to reveal the diversified character of San Francisco."
An unusual glimpse of one of our most fascinating cities, and a second addition to the Cities Series, this combines historical anecdote, geography and selective guided tours in acknowledgeable, never dull text. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAN FRANCISCO GOLD by Ann Zavala
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Superficial historical detail, cartoon characters, and ludicrous plotting: Harlequin author Zavala offers neither good genre fiction nor successful parody."
The woman, the wimp, the wanton, and the wicked substitute for believable characters in an overplotted western set during the Gold Rush. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"A secondary but readable adjunct to Philip Fradkin's broader-ranging Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906 (not reviewed)."
Shake, rattle and roar: Firefighter-writer Smith (A Song for Mary, 1999, etc.) chronicles the conflagration that followed the great San Francisco quake. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAN FRANCISCO BEAT by David Meltzer
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 2001

"Just now, as we begin to slip into a national slumber somewhat akin to that of the Eisenhower years, it's exhilarating to have this squall line of Beats pass through our consciousness."
The recusant Beats, like a whiff of cayenne, have a way of gaining your attention, and here they direct their monkey-wrenching, fortifying voices (in 13-part disharmony) at the microphone of poet Meltzer's tape recorder, conveying a whole lot of history and a bracing handful of ideas and opinions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Bought the farm'' is, of course, a gallows-humor euphemism for death, but the death of a former way of life turns out happily indeed, in a perfect read-aloud book. (Picture book. 5+)"
A tongue-in-cheek, witty text with pictures that illustrate more than amplify how one ``great Indian chief and his great Indian wife'' triumph over a tricky government relocation policy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Transformed: San Francisco by Suzanne Falter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"An amusing, sexually inclusive novel about joining forces to save a metropolis.
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Falter (How Much Joy Can You Stand?, 2014, etc.) and Harvey introduce an unlikely couple of crime fighters in this San Francisco-based thriller.Read full book review >

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THE END OF SAN FRANCISCO by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2013

"A blisteringly honest portrait of a young, fast and greatly misunderstood life."
An outspoken, gender-ambiguous author and activist reflects on her halcyon days as a wild child in San Francisco. Read full book review >