Search Results: "Javier Sierra"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET SUPPER by Javier Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2006

"Sierra is a more sophisticated writer than Dan Brown, and he offers fresh perspective on the Renaissance mind."
No mere Da Vinci Code redux, this Spanish bestseller fuses an ecclesiastical whodunit with an A-Z guide to Neoplatonist philosophy and Renaissance symbology. Read full book review >

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THE MASTER OF THE PRADO by Javier Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"The writing is aimed more at younger readers than fans of The Da Vinci Code, but Sierra's 'fictionalized autobiography' is a lively look at the Prado's great works and the mysteries behind them."
Part personal tour of Madrid's Prado Museum, part spiritual adventure, Sierra's quasi-novel dips into the mystical secrets and hidden prophecies that supposedly inform the works of such great artists as Raphael, Titian, Bosch, Botticelli, and El Greco. Read full book review >

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THE LADY IN BLUE by Javier Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"The book is not always satisfying, but the interest of the material—time travel! music-induced trances! astral projection! larcenous angels with code names and walkie-talkies!—wins out in the end."
An ecclesiastical thriller based on the legend of the Lady in Blue, an apparition said to have prepared indigenous Americans for the arrival of the conquistadores and their missionary Catholicism. Read full book review >

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A HEART SO WHITE by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"The flawed, truncated nature of all human contact and efforts to reach it has rarely been given such remorseless stress."
A harrowing drama of family secrets and their deepening resonance throughout several involved lives, by an accomplished European author whose All Souls (not reviewed) appeared in English translation in 1993. Read full book review >

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TASTY BABY BELLY BUTTONS by Judy Sierra
Released: May 1, 1999

"A vigorously told comic adventure. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)"
PLB 0-679-99369-X Inspired by local versions of a popular Japanese folktale, Sierra (Antarctic Antics, 1998, etc.) recasts a yarn that usually stars Momotaro, or "Peach Boy," with a female lead. Read full book review >

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ALL SOULS by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 1996

"Another stunning work from one of Europe's best younger writers."
The first US appearance of an accomplished and elegant novel, first published in Spain in 1990, by the author of A Heart So White (p. 18) and other highly praised fiction. Read full book review >

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TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE THINK ON ME by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"All the same, Mar°as's is a world-class talent, one always worth reading."
Another intriguing psychodrama of sex, guilt, and social satire from the prize-winning Spanish author whose fiction in English translation includes All Souls and A Heart So White (both 1996). Read full book review >

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THE DANCING PIG by Judy Sierra
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"If a bit tidy and pat, this is a culturally transporting tale from a realm that most readers will find quite exotic. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sierra's retelling of this Balinese folktale has a kind of mesmerizing uninflected delivery that chugs attractively along, while Sweetwater's artwork flickers with vivid folk imagery draped in tropical colors. Read full book review >

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IDLEWILD by Jude Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A lovely, finely wrought romance that reminds us that to truly love another, we must know our own hearts."
A widowed restaurateur falls for a young waiter in a Detroit-set romance with heart, sweat, and tears. Read full book review >

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WHEN I WAS MORTAL by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2000

"Dependably intriguing (if uneven) work from one of Europe's most interesting contemporary writers."
A first English translation of a 1995 collection comprising 12 elliptical, often insidiously compelling stories from the prizewinning Spanish author, whose highly regarded fiction artfully blends Henry James's subtle indirection with flagrantly Gothic and Grand Guignol narrative materials. Read full book review >

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INVISIBLE IN AUSTIN by Javier Auyero
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A scholarly study conducted with dignity and thoroughness."
A sociological study focusing on the experiences of 11 characters toiling in the underbelly of a vibrant American city. Read full book review >