Search Results: "Juan E. Méndez"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A fact-filled, well-researched analysis. A good companion to Kathryn Sikkink's The Justice Cascade (2011)."
A man who knows whereof he speaks makes painfully clear the meaning of the abstract term "human rights." Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT EATER by Ana Juan
by Ana Juan, illustrated by Ana Juan
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"An engaging tale, made even more memorable by Juan's distinctive style and vision. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The illustrator of Campbell Geeslin's Elena's Serenade (2003) again folds humorous and theatrical elements into mystical, surrealist art for an original tale imbued with folkloric overtones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"An unusual look at the war and its consequences. (3 photos, not seen)"
paper 0-8263-1959-9 An introspective memoir in which the first-time author bluntly and self-critically examines his life before, during, and after his service in Vietnam. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2005

"The presentation is odd—those with short attention spans may enjoy it most—but the argument is engaging."
An apocalyptic vision—at least for fans of America-as-sole-superpower—of a future in which the U.S. splinters into some version of Baja Canada, Jesusland and New New Mexico. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A formidable polemic: You may reject the conclusion, but you cannot dismiss the argument."
Black America is being undermined by a depraved popular culture, avers Williams (Eyes on the Prize, 1987, etc.), while its leaders pursue anachronistic, self-serving causes. Read full book review >

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TREASURY'S WAR by Juan Zarate
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A bracing account by a knowledgeable authority."
How the United States uses economic embargoes and financial tools as weapons against murderous terrorist groups and "rogue states" such as North Korea, Iran and Syria. Read full book review >

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THURGOOD MARSHALL by Juan Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Williams is uncritical of Marshall's personal flaws, but his reconstruction of Marshall makes for a lively and immensely valuable portrait of a first-rate legal mind and true American hero. (16 pages b&w photos not seen) (Author tour)"
Written with the cooperation of its subject, this is a solid, comprehensive biography that brings into focus a historical giant who has, sadly, faded from view. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2014

"An elegant, carefully delineated synthesis of the complicated, intertwined facets of the Arab uprisings."
A nuanced analysis of the factors leading to revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRIENDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE by Gloria Anzaldúa
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An authentic portrayal; an excellent basis for discussion of an important issue. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A straightforward bilingual depiction of the variety of responses to Mexican ``illegals'' by Chicanos already living in Texas. Read full book review >

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SKATEFATE by Juan Felipe Herrera
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2011

"Only one thing is certain—readers expecting a skating account are in for a wipeout. (Poetry. 12 & up)"
Short diary entries and a series of confident, colorful poems introduce readers to Lucky, a wheelchair-bound former skater and drag racer who became paralyzed after a car accident. Read full book review >

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CINNAMON GIRL by Juan Felipe Herrera
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"The Puerto Rican flavor of this lyrical, authentic novella will appeal to urban Latinas especially, but anyone touched by the events of September 11 will relate to Yolanda's story. (Fiction. YA)"
Yolanda's grasp on reality crumbles along with the World Trade Center after her beloved Uncle DJ is injured on September 11. Read full book review >

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PABLO AND BIRDY by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A quiet, memorable, fantastical tale beautifully complemented by Juan's illustrations. (Fabulism. 8-12)"
It has been 10 years since Pablo landed on the shores of the diverse community of Isla, with his lavender parrot, Birdy, in tow, to be adopted by Cuban-American Emmanuel. Read full book review >