Search Results: "Joaquin Dorfman"


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THE LONG WAIT FOR TOMORROW by Joaquin Dorfman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"A wild, thought-provoking, heartbreaking jolt of a ride through astrophysics, friendship, Armani suits and heartache. (Science fiction. YA)"
Wallflower Patrick Saint has always taken second place to his cocky, bullying, football-star of a best friend, Kelly McDermott, who seems to have everything. Read full book review >

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BURNING CITY by Ariel Dorfman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 24, 2005

"Although unusually mature and self-sufficient due to the absence of his do-good parents, Heller has typical insecurities, fears and dreams that are perfectly captured in this hip, urban tale of unlikely friendships. (Fiction. YA)"
Heller Hastings is the intuitive and sensitive protagonist of this unique story set in New York City the summer before September 11, 2001. Read full book review >

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PLAYING IT COOL by Joaquin Dorfman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 23, 2006

"Curiously missing pronouns result in a choppy style, but the story is compelling and draws to a satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. YA)"
Known to his classmates as a problem-solver, Sebastian is a con man with a conscience. Read full book review >

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THE FINGERTIPS OF DUNCAN DORFMAN by Meg Wolitzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Word wizards aren't the only ones who will enjoy this readable rumination on ethics, competition and identity. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Wolitzer turns to writing for young readers with an ever-so-slightly magical tale of friendship and what it takes to be a winner. Read full book review >

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THE BOYS OF SAN JOAQUIN by D. James Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Set in the early 1950s, this upbeat tale offers a strong sense of place, plenty of growing-up and enough spirited characters to justify Paolo's opening, enticingly annotated, cast of characters. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Smith invites readers to travel an even Longer Way from Chicago with this summertime, old-time, small-town slice-of-life, as viewed by a hilariously matter-of-fact young resident. Read full book review >

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THE NANNY AND THE ICEBERG by Ariel Dorfman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"A very busy tale that melts in the frenetic heat of its telling."
Like its eponymous iceberg, this strained fictional mix of politics, affected profundity, and supposedly comic eroticism is as much about the obvious—a young man's struggle to lose his virginity—as about what is hidden in the depths: Chilean history. Read full book review >

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HEADING SOUTH, LOOKING NORTH by Ariel Dorfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Still, Dorfman's account is slow going through the first half but picks up greatly once the dangers he faced become clear, and he has sharp insights into Chile's political situation."
Novelist Dorfman's (Konfidenz, 1995, etc.) memoir shakes up the term Latino, as he plots the course of "a hybrid, part Yankee, part Chilean, a pinch Jew, a mestizo in search of a center," who becomes an outspoken Chilean exile campaigning for the self-determination of the Americas. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Though speaking of cheap, some pages, particularly toward the end, are so poorly printed as to be illegible. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
The author leaves it to his imaginary friend Horris to squire readers through several dozen spread-sized excursions into the realm of the icky—from leeches, intestinal parasites and the spiny Candiru fish that makes sub-surface urinating into the Amazon so exciting, to the guillotine and the real Bluebeard. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A somber, moving tribute to a life of ideals and struggle."
A beautifully crafted, searing memoir by the Chilean American writer about his dispersion and homelessness after fleeing the military junta of General Pinochet. Read full book review >

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BLAKE’S THERAPY by Ariel Dorfman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2001

"Dorfman's clever, thought-provoking premise serves as the medium for a probing examination of power—as well as a daring attempt to distill the nature of good and evil."
Complex and challenging thriller from the Chilean-born playwright and novelist (Konfidenz, 1995, etc). Read full book review >

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KONFIDENZ by Ariel Dorfman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Heartfelt, but too much packed into a small space, with characters who are political billboards rather than real people."
From exiled Latin American writer Dorfman (Hard Rain, 1990, etc.), a taut political allegory that ambitiously takes on, but doesn't quite resolve, big questions of loyalty, ideology, and truth. Read full book review >

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THE WOMAN WHO HAD TWO NAVELS AND TALES OF THE TROPICAL GOTHIC by Nick Joaquin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Steeped in Filipino history and culture, Joaquin's work is a welcome discovery."
A collection of short stories and a play by Joaquin (1917-2004), one of the Philippines' leading writers in English, who finds passion and melodrama in the nation's colonial and Catholic history. Read full book review >