Search Results: "Ignacio Padilla"


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ANTIPODES by Ignacio Padilla
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"Pleasant but slight near-nothings that seem the clones, if not of Borges himself, then of the spirit of that writer's offerings."
From Mexico's Padilla (Shadow Without a Name, 2003), a dozen trinkets about far-flung places, exotic times, weird people, weird things. Read full book review >

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SHADOW WITHOUT A NAME by Ignacio Padilla
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"Extraordinarily clever, and quite moving. A brilliant US debut."
Impersonation, mistaken identity, and subterfuge are the elements juggled with hellish precision in this dizzyingly intricate historical, the first of its prizewinning Mexican author's to appear in English translation. Read full book review >

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THE FASHION COMMITTEE by Susan Juby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Entertaining, smart, and inspiring. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Talented teens vie for a highly coveted fashion scholarship. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO THE SAME CITY by Paco Ignacio Taibo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 11, 1996

It's tough enough returning from the dead—and Taibo's prefatory note blithely disclaims any knowledge of how HÇctor Belascoar†n Shayne survived the hail of bullets that apparently killed him at the unhappy end of No Happy Ending (1993)—without having to go back to punching a time clock, and Belascoar†n is in no hurry to take the case foisted on him by a would-be client named Alicia. Read full book review >

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LEONARDO'S BICYCLE by Paco Ignacio Taibo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1995

"Dazzling, if dense, entertainment: a cockeyed magical-realist paean to the all-too-human power of the imagination in action, and under duress, then as now."
Conspiracy, misdirection, and paranoia intertwine deliriously in this Pynchonesque roman noirwhich won 1994's Latin American Dashiell Hammett Awardby the popular Mexican author of such distinctive mystery novels as The Shadow of the Shadow (1991) and Four Hands (1994). Read full book review >

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SOME CLOUDS by Paco Ignacio Taibo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1992

"Non sequiturs rule."
The latest case for one-eyed Mexico City shamus Hector Belasoar†n Shayne (An Easy Thing, 1990) begins when his sister Elisa drags him back from vacation with an unlikely tale about her friend Anita, who married into the Costa family only to have them wiped out within two months (dad: heart attack; brother Pancho: shot; brother Alberto: found gibbering over Pancho's body; brother Luis, Anita's husband: shot), leaving behind only a paltry legacy of $200 million pesos that somebody—Hector's old school chum Arturo Melgar, now a mobster called the Rat? the laughably corrupt policeman Jacinto Saavedra?—is anxious to prevent Anita from touching. Read full book review >

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GUEVARA, ALSO KNOWN AS CHE by Paco Ignacio Taibo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"A sentimental tale of revolutionary exploits, in which Che's own voice is clearly heard."
Mexican novelist Taibo (Leonard's Bicycle, 1995, etc.) offers his political adventure-story take on Latin America's revered revolutionary, with heavy use of excerpts from Guevara's diaries and interviews with other sources. Read full book review >

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My Super-Special, Kinda-Human Dog Named Louie by Jeanne Andersen
Released: July 8, 2015

"A silly collection of stanzas about a charming pup whose personality is ably captured in colorful pictures."
This wonderfully illustrated debut introduces Louie, a clothes-wearing, kung fu-fighting canine in the tradition of Snoopy. Read full book review >

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Maidin Iron by Ana Padilla
Released: April 20, 2012

"A confident, witty tale of triumph and sacrifice."
A bold, inspiring debut memoir by the first female ironworker in the state of New Mexico. Read full book review >

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JOE AND THE PEACE ETERNAL by John T. Padilla Jr.
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 19, 2011

"An underdeveloped thriller with an abrupt conclusion."
In Padilla's debut novel, a gifted cancer researcher begets a talented son who fights a great evil. Read full book review >

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LIFE ITSELF by Paco Ignacio Taibo
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But this end-of-the-road fantasy, so full of Taibo's melancholy cartoon gaiety, will be a feast for connoisseurs."
Taibo's waggish novels about Mexico City shamus Hector Belascoar†n Shayne (No Happy Ending, 1993, etc.) often gave the impression of wanting to be the last detective stories ever written. Read full book review >