Search Results: "José Manuel Prieto"


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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF A LIFE IN RUSSIA by José Manuel Prieto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Offbeat and witty."
As the title suggests, this is a novel in the form of an encyclopedia, so the narrative surges forward as the reader moves through alphabetical listings from "A" to "Z." Read full book review >

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REX by José Manuel Prieto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2009

"A shimmering Fabergé egg of a novel, so hermetic and tightly knit that many readers may fall by the wayside. But those who loved the inspired legerdemain of Prieto's debut should not miss it."
Another Nabokovian puzzle shrouded in carefully maintained ambiguity, from the acclaimed author of the Nocturnal Butterflies of the Russian Empire (1999). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"It's as if Thomas Pynchon, Graham Greene, and Milan Kundera had collaborated with Nabokov on a script for Woody Allen."
Vladimir Nabokov, wherever he is now, is either chuckling uncontrollably or purple with indignation over this delightfully tricky first novel by a young Cuban writer. Read full book review >

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COWBOY JOSÉ by Susan Middleton Elya
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Recommended mainly for its language possibilities. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Rollicking rhymed "Spanglish" couplets tell the tale of "Cowboy José, the vaquero" and his faithful horse Feo who "ride 'cross the prairie and belt out a song," and then get involved with a gal named Rosita, who is pretty—bonita. Read full book review >

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MANUEL AND THE LOBSTERMAN by Cat Urbain
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Middle graders may nevertheless enjoy this lighthearted adventure, if they can get past the unfortunately unappealing cover. (Fiction. 9-12)"
There is little that 13-year-old Manuel Luis Menendez likes about his mother and new stepfather's decision to move from New Haven, Conn., to boring Rockport, Maine. Read full book review >

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JOSÉ! BORN TO DANCE by Susanna Reich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"An inspiring tribute to a major figure in the arts, featuring some of Colón's most moving, powerful work yet. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
This first introduction for children to renowned dancer and choreographer José Limón pairs equally soaring text and visuals. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR JOSÉ by Harel Shapira
Released: May 1, 2013

"A valuable look at the birth of a populist paramilitary formation, one whose opponents may not dismiss so easily after reading this evenhanded book."
A blend of sociology and journalism informs this account of time spent among the self-professed guardians of the U.S.-Mexico border. Read full book review >

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MIGRANT by José Manuel Mateo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Breathtaking. (author and illustrator notes) (Picture book. 6-12)"
A family's arduous journey from a farm in Mexico to a crowded dwelling in Los Angeles unfolds, literally, as a ribbon is untied and accordion-style pages open to reveal one continuous, aesthetically astonishing scene. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2000

"Invaluable not only for aficionados of contemporary Latin writing but also for scholars tracking film's impact on serious revisionary literature. (b&w photos, not seen)"
An affectionately explicit biography of genre-bending Argentinean novelist Puig (1932-90), written by a translator and friend. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

Making a brave attempt to erect an ethical framework for ambitious pranksters, Web gagmeister Hargrave (Prank the Monkey, 2007, for adults) layers common-sense principles ("A good prank is easily cleaned up, taken down, or thrown away. Read full book review >

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THE LAST CLIENT OF LUIS MONTEZ by Manuel Ramos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 1996

"Ramos trades the intensity of Luis's first two cases (The Ballad of Gato Guerrero, 1994, etc.) for nonstop, pleasantly incredible action."
It's a great day for Denver attorney Luis Montez when his well-connected client Jimmy Esch, charged with cocaine possession, walks on a technicality—arresting officer Thomas Strayhorn changes his account of the bust on the stand—and Luis, still recovering from his secretary/lover Evangelina's defection, lets Jimmy's sister Lisa talk him into bed. Read full book review >

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PABLO & JANE AND THE HOT AIR CONTRAPTION by José Domingo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Original art and visually engrossing worlds will have readers visiting this book over and over again.(Graphic adventure. 5-7)"
A duo's blasé afternoon deviates into an unexpected journey crossing dimension and time. Read full book review >