Search Results: "Francisco Toledo"


BOOK REVIEW

LIGHT FOOT/PIES LIGEROS by Natalia Toledo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"In the hands of a creative teacher or librarian, this could be a strong starting point for an exploration of the symbolic image of Death in different cultures. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Taking her father's eerie engravings featuring Death jumping rope with Man and various animals as inspiration, the writer spins an original story that has a traditional rhythm. Read full book review >

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THE MATS by Francisco Arcellana
Released: March 1, 1999

"The story's brevity makes it a promising discussion-starter, and the idea that 'They may be dead but they are never really gone' is presented without excess sentimentality. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Matching a text first published over 60 years ago (and adapted here) with vibrant new illustrations, this brief import from the Philippines offers a moving tale of one family's memorial to their lost ones. Read full book review >

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THE INTERIOR CIRCUIT by Francisco Goldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2014

"A gifted writer submerges his grief in his deep affection for his adopted city."
The death of the author's wife hovers over this densely meandering, poignant look at the simmering violence in his beloved Mexico City. Read full book review >

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THE DIVINE HUSBAND by Francisco Goldman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Informative, chatty, wry, often amusing, but not enough so that readers won't be checking their watches. Or calendars."
Goldman (The Ordinary Seaman, 1997, etc.) returns to 19th-century Central America to trace the life and loves of a half-Indian, half-Irish near-nun who falls for José Marti. Read full book review >

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SAY HER NAME by Francisco Goldman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2011

"Appropriately, in this novel of death and dying, Goldman writes gorgeous, heartbreaking prose."
A nonfiction novel of love and loss…and perhaps even a little redemption. Read full book review >

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CONFESSIONS OF A DEATHMAIDEN by Ruth Francisco
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 24, 2003

"A promising protagonist thwarted by a wooden cast and a draggy plot. Maybe next time."
Debut thriller about a brave young deathmaiden's valiant battle on behalf of anti-xenotransplantation. Read full book review >

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REACHING OUT by Francisco Jiménez
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2008

"An inspiring account of a remarkable journey. (author's note, photographs) (Fiction. 11 & up)"
This sequel to The Circuit (1997) and Breaking Through (2001), which covered Mexican-born Jiménez's childhood, takes Francisco through his college years at the University of Santa Clara. Read full book review >

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GOOD MORNING, DARKNESS by Ruth Francisco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2004

"Character bends too readily to the requirements of plot in Francisco's second (Confessions of a Death Maiden, 2003), reducing the good stuff to flashes."
A disembodied corpse gives new meaning to the phrase "arms race." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RASERO by Francisco Rebolledo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 1995

"It's filled with quaint and curious lore, steam-powered conveyances, and state-of-the-art engines of destruction, but it smells of the lamp."
An astonishingly ambitious first novel from Mexican writer and former scientist Rebolledo, winner of the Mobil Corporation's 15th annual Pegasus Prize for Literature. Read full book review >

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THE ORDINARY SEAMAN by Francisco Goldman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A bizarre set of circumstances (inspired by a true story) vividly wrought, but even more memorable is Goldman's fresh and moving take on such matters as longing, love, cruelty, and fellowship, probed in a poignant and original narrative. (First printing of 35,000; $50,000 ad/promo)"
Goldman's acclaimed debut, The Long Night of the White Chickens (1992), proves to have been no fluke: Its successor is an equally compelling saga of a crew of poor, would-be Central American sailors stranded aboard the rat-infested hulk of a dead ship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HECTIC ETHICS by Francisco Hinojosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

Eight satirical stories chosen from three collections previously published by an award-winning Mexican writer. Read full book review >