Search Results: "Héctor Aguilar Camín"


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DAY IN, DAY OUT by Héctor  Aguilar Camín
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"This is accomplished Mexican writer Camín's second novel to be translated into English (Death in Veracruz, 2015). His keen journalism skills are evident but the story lacks nuance, relying instead on reportage and archetypes."
Lust drives a journalist to discover his lover's role in a murder. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN VERACRUZ by Héctor  Aguilar Camín
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2015

"This ambitious novel memorably brings together recent history, horrific crimes, and an ever present sense of corruption."
A reporter investigates corruption and wrestles with complex personal entanglements in this tense novel set in 1970s Mexico. Read full book review >

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THE BARBARIAN NURSERIES by Héctor Tobar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A lively novel that examines both edgy stereotypes and uncomfortable truths."
Bad parenting and Hispanics working in Southern California are at the core of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tobar's novel. Read full book review >

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THE TATTOOED SOLDIER by Héctor Tobar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 1998

"Tobar's characters are thin, but his tale not only vividly reenacts the horror of death-squad victims everywhere, but also sheds an honest and even light on the stark realities facing the homeless—and many immigrants—in America."
California journalist Tobar's disturbing debut neatly and credibly brings two Guatemalan adversaries together by chance on the streets of Los Angeles, where they play out the endgame of a deadly struggle begun in their homeland. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2005

"A plea for transnational identity in the spirit of Tobar's hero, Che Guevara."
An apt collection of essays exploring the increasing prevalence of Hispanic culture in North America, by an L.A. journalist now based in Argentina. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 30, 1996

"The novel has some minimal historical interest, but almost no human interest."
This brief but unfortunately prolix novel, the Nicaraguan-born Aguilar's first US publication, examines the European conquest of Latin America in the 16th century through the narratives of six women—Spanish, native Indian, and mestiza—variously affected by their relationships with the men who appropriated and ruled this paradisiacal ``terra firma.'' A further dimension emerges in ``Interludes'' describing the affair between two contemporary journalists, a man covering the Nicaraguan national elections (in which the Sandinista government is rejected) and a woman who's researching a book about her spiritual ``ancestors''—for which the aforementioned six narratives are core material. Read full book review >

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UPSTAIRS AT THE STRAND by Jessica Strand
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 21, 2016

"An array of authors edifies their fans at the home of the flourishing last survivor of Gotham's grand old Book Row."
New York's grand repository of millions of used and rare books has been the venue for readings by dozens of notable writers over the years, and many have stayed for the conversations recorded here. Read full book review >

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BONJOUR CAMILLE by Felipe Cano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Active and artistic young girls are not unknown in picture books, but Camille certainly makes herself heard among the others in the pantheon. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A free-spirited girl celebrates the morning in so many ways. Read full book review >

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MANAGING CORPORATE ETHICS by Francis J. Aguilar
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"In brief, then, a series of object lessons documenting in no great depth how presumptively model concerns deal with the ethical challenges that are a workaday consequence of being in business."
A can't-hurt handbook for executives that promises (pleasingly if unpersuasively) that ethical conduct can enhance the performance of an already well-run enterprise. Read full book review >

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OBLIVION by Héctor Abad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"Is there a father alive who would not weep at such an artful, tender tribute?"
A Colombian writer delivers a rousing, affecting tribute to his father, Héctor Abad Gómez, a professor and physician who was murdered in 1987 by radical political opponents. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"While not the only counting book children will ever need, this peek into Mexico's art and traditions is certainly one of the most joyous they'll encounter. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Playful ceramics enact a traditional Mexican festival parade, from uno to diez. Read full book review >