Search Results: "Gustavo Arellano"


BOOK REVIEW

TACO USA by Gustavo Arellano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2012

"Mission accomplished. Readers will come away not only hungry, but with a deeper understanding of the Mexican people and their cuisine."
An appealing cultural exploration of Mexican food in the United States. Read full book review >

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ORANGE COUNTY by Gustavo Arellano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"A youthful, likable, irrepressible voice for the new Promised Land."
Jazzy, energetic work by Arellano (¡Ask a Mexican!, 2007, etc.), who alternately builds and deconstructs the mythology of the southern California county he calls home—as do lots of other Mexican-Americans, immigrants legal and illegal, and rich white Republicans. Read full book review >

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CURSE THE NAMES by Robert Arellano
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"Arellano (Fast Eddie, King of the Bees, 2001, etc.) pulls off the not-inconsiderable feat of making the disintegration of his hero more compelling than the end of the world as we know it."
A Los Alamos journalist whose cushy lifestyle is already perilously self-destructive stumbles onto a monstrous secret just as toxic to the rest of the world as it is to him personally. Read full book review >

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FAST EDDIE, KING OF THE BEES by Robert Arellano
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Arellano has talent, but the many reminders that he's read lots of books fail to save his prose. Even more distressing is the thought that his predictions might somehow prove right."
Holy hybrid! In blending Oliver Twist, A Clockwork Orange, and many recognizable others into a vision of far-off America, first-timer Arellano guesses at the language of the future, but ends up sounding more like the Boy Wonder in epileptic seizure. Read full book review >

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The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 21, 2014

"A fierce thriller that doesn't offer many chances to catch a breath."
In Florentin's (In the Talons of the Condor, 2013) thriller, a teenage girl's search for her missing sister takes her into the seedy world of pornography and pedophiles. Read full book review >

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HAVANA LIBRE by Robert Arellano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"This novel is rich in atmosphere and political critique; if only they had been more seamlessly woven into the meat of the story."
At the behest of Castro's government, a Cuban doctor is sent to Miami in 1997 to find out who has been sponsoring a series of terrorist bombings in Havana in this new novel by Arellano (Havana Lunar, 2009, etc.) Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 1995

"Unfortunately, PÇrez Firmat evinces all too frequently a bilingual poet's delight in puns and multiple meanings, which can distract from his insightsbut overall this is a swell investigation of the convoluted exile psyche."
A member of the ``one-and-a-half'' generationCubans who came to the US in childhood after Castro took powermuses intriguingly about the paradoxes of Cuban-American identity. Read full book review >

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WAKE UP, GRIZZLY! by Wolfgang Bittner
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Mom has a nice role, too. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this beguiling work, a human father and son enjoy a flight of fancy, imagining themselves as bears. Read full book review >

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THE ANTIQUARIAN by Gustavo Faverón Patriau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"Rarely does a literary mystery work on as many levels as this."
A masterful debut in which a Peruvian literary critic and scholar crafts a metamystery that explores identity, deceit, guilt and narrative. Read full book review >

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POINTS OF DEPARTURE by Mónica Lavín
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2001

"A fine collection."
A satisfying collection of 17 short stories by as many writers, all born in the 1950s and 1960s. Read full book review >