Search Results: "Jose Baez"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 3, 2012

"The author's determination to complete a case that at times drove him to despair and brought him to the edge of bankruptcy is admirable, but the meticulous detail occasionally verges on excruciating."
A celebrated criminal lawyer's tell-all memoir about the tumultuous years he spent defending supposed Florida "baby killer" Casey Anthony. Read full book review >

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THE GUNS IN THE CLOSET by Jose Yglesias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"It is useful to have his stories collected in one volume, but it's also clear that Yglesias was always a more effective writer when he worked on a larger canvas."
A posthumous gathering of tales by the noted Cuban-American writer (The Old Gents, see below). Read full book review >

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A WAKE IN YBOR CITY by Jose Yglesias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Yglesias's grasp of immigrant family dynamics is masterly, but the stylistic assurance and narrative economy displayed in his mature fiction (Double Double, 1974, The Truth About Them, 1971, etc.) are only faintly adumbrated by this less even apprentice work."
The "thirty-fifth anniversary edition" (really, now) of the late Cuban-American writer's 1963 debut novel—an authoritative though imperfectly constructed story set in Tampa's Latino section (Ybor City) in 1958, on the eve of the Cuban Revolution. Read full book review >

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INSIDE SANTA RITA by Sr. Baez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Proof that not everyone who has a transformative experience should write a book."
A well-intentioned but uninspired memoir by the mother of folk singer Joan Baez. Read full book review >

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MY DAUGHTER’S EYES by Annecy Baez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Powerful subject matter and a promising beginning fall flat."
From the Dominican Republic-born author, 14 interrelated stories about Dominican girls growing up in the Bronx; the book won the 2007 Mármol Prize. Read full book review >

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AMBALLORE THOMA by Jose Thekkumthala
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"A flavorful mix of genres and influences, especially captivating for fans of Indian storytelling."
A magical-realist narrative follows a large, eccentric family in India—from dealing with the impoverished years after 1947 to finally solving the supernatural mystery plaguing the clan. Read full book review >

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THE ROSE CROSSING by Nicholas Jose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"He fumbles only in imposing too abrupt and mechanical an end on his odd, engaging characters."
A fable, set in the 17th century, filled with vivid evocations of another time, wonderfully peculiar characters, and driven by a rather chilly vision of fate. Read full book review >

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THE OLD GENTS by Jose Yglesias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An unsatisfyingly abrupt ending can't dim the glow of the low-key pleasures to be had here."
Yglesias's last novel, published by the same house that has recently issued the Break-In (p. 259) and a collection of the author's stories (see above). Read full book review >

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BREAK-IN by Jose Yglesias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"In bringing this defiant old wreck to a recognition of what he has in common with a confused black kid, Yglesias has fashioned a novel that some may dismiss as simplistic; others, though, will discover that it both moves them and makes them think."
A hard-won lesson in race relations and an appealing character study are the distinguishing features of the absorbing and entertaining latest from the author, Tristan and the Hispanics (1989), etc. Seventy-two-year-old widower Rudy Pardo, a retired fire chief, lives just ``uptown'' from Tampa's Latino community, a comfortable distance from his annoyingly helpful older sisters Lucinda (and her pathetic, unemployable son ``Little Stevie'') and ``liberal'' Connie (and her ``communist'' husband). Read full book review >

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SINS by F. Sionil Jose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"More a carefully drawn up rap sheet for a whole class than one rather tawdry sinner, but on its own terms illuminating and certainly heartfelt."
In the second fiction to appear here by noted Filipino writer JosÇ (Three Filipino Women, 1992), the sordid deathbed confession of a local tycoon is as much a portrait of a corrupt and sinful society as a personal mea culpa. Read full book review >