Search Results: "Jorge Cervantes"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Full of hard facts, good science and excellent illustrations, this is the bomb-and just the thing for crafting the stuff of righteous bombers. For medical purposes only, of course."
A sticky, satisfying vade mecum, and a horticulturally sound guide to producing tasty bud-for medical purposes only, of course. Read full book review >

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JORGE LUIS BORGES by Adrian Lennon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 13, 1991

"Frequent b&w photos; chronology; bibliography; index. (Biography. 14+)"
A biography of the prize-winning Argentinian short-story writer and poet (1899-1986). Read full book review >

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THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MIGUEL DE CERVANTES by Stephen Marlowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Still, one glimpses, and misses, the novel it might have been."
Marlowe's 12th novel (The Lighthouse at the End of the World, 1995, etc.) follows the pattern of his fictional portraits of Christopher Columbus and Edgar Allan Poe, as he surveys the life and times of the Renaissance soldier-writer who was Shakespeare's exact contemporary and who earned immortality as the author of Don Quixote. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"A sometimes-difficult but necessary book about the failures of the American prison system."
A prison chaplain shares the stories of men he served. Read full book review >

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ALLIE, FIRST AT LAST by Angela Cervantes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 29, 2016

"A sweet middle-grade read that promotes compassion and empathy over competitiveness. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Nothing but a first-place trophy will do for a 10-year-old girl obsessed with living up to her family's name. Read full book review >

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TORTILLA SUN by Jennifer Cervantes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"A beautiful and engaging debut novel. (author's note, tortilla recipe, glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Izzy Roybal, who loves writing stories, is reluctant to spend the summer in a small village in the New Mexican desert, where she was born. Read full book review >

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GABY, LOST AND FOUND by Angela Cervantes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A timely, touching and nuanced portrayal of real-life challenges experienced by children in mixed-status families. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Gaby Ramirez Howard faces the same ups and downs as any 11-year-old girl, but they are made more complicated by her mother's absence. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN HARVEST by Jorge Amado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Still, Amado provides us with the fullness of Brazilian reality and modern history that no other writer we read in translation does."
Here, in the first English translation of a novel written some 40 years ago, Amado (Pen, Sword, Camisole, 1985, etc.) strikes off with his trademark exuberance—this time to tell the cautionary tale of how brokered cacao devastates the economy, ecology, and societal structure of the Brazilian provincial port of Ilheus. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2002

"Accept a multicultural society and embrace diversity, says Ramos, or beat your head against the wall. Truer words were never spoken, even if they are still fighting words for too many."
Voices and experiences from the great Hispanic emigration to the US, gathered and put into appropriate context by the levelheaded yet passionate journalist Ramos. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"It's very slight, and not very involving."
This prizewinning 1994 novel recounts the (mainly amorous) exploits of Ulysses, the son of a Greek bar owner in Buenos Aires, who impregnates his girlfriend, flees from marriage, and undertakes an odyssey among the wealthy Americans whose yacht fortuitously rescues him—until the aggrieved women in his life arrange this unheroic adventurer's comeuppance. Read full book review >

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LITERATURE OR LIFE by Jorge Semprun
Released: March 1, 1997

"A masterly work, and the obvious capstone of Semprun's distinguished career."
A moving account of life in Buchenwald and a subsequent lifetime spent trying to write about it, by the Spanish novelist and screenwriter best known for his classic filmscripts (Z, La Guerre Est Finie) and a previous nonfiction account of his ordeal (The Long Voyage, 1964). Read full book review >