Search Results: "Juan Gómez-Jurado"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TRAITOR'S EMBLEM by Juan Gómez-Jurado
Released: July 19, 2011

"The author tells a riveting love story, spoiled only by the unlikely incorporation of Freemasonry into the plot and a villain so evil he makes Hitler look like a pretty nice fellow."
Spanish author Gómez-Jurado's third outing (Moses Expedition, 2010, etc.) offers a redeeming love story set against the unlikely background of extreme violence in Nazi Germany. Read full book review >

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THE MOSES EXPEDITION by Juan Gómez-Jurado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"A second novel that has the trappings of suspense fiction but none of its substance."
The Ark of the Covenant represents a tantalizing prize (yes, again!) in this suspense melodrama from the Spanish author of God's Spy (2007). Read full book review >

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GOD’S SPY by Juan Gómez-Jurado
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 2007

"Ambitious, but never for a moment inspiring."
A man and a woman leading a murder investigation discover a dark truth about the Catholic Church in this thriller that . . . oh, you've heard this one before? Read full book review >

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THE SKY OVER LIMA by Juan Gómez Bárcena
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Charming if a bit precious, Bárcena's novel is both a love letter to the creative process and a contemplation on the sometimes-blurred line between life and art."
Spain's Bárcena has based his first novel on a true if bizarre literary hoax concocted in 1904: a romantic correspondence between rising young Spanish poet Juan Ramon Jiménez (eventual recipient of the 1956 Nobel Prize) and two Peruvian men pretending to be a young female fan. Read full book review >

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JUAN BOBO by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1994

"Spanish versions are given in smaller type at the end. (Folklore/Easy reader. 5-9)"
In an attractive collection, subtitled Four Folktales from Puerto Rico, a Puerto Rican-born author and illustrator present their island's popular comic simpleton. Read full book review >

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JUAN VERDADES by Joe Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

As Hayes (El Cucuy!, not reviewed, etc.) explains in his author's note, he has revised a variant of Aarne-Thompson's tale type 889, "The Faithful Servant," drawing on versions collected in Spain and New Mexico. Read full book review >

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DON JUAN by Peter Handke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Whether you call it 'postmodern' or 'meta-fiction,' there isn't much here."
A slim, odd volume in which the Austrian novelist (Crossing the Sierra de Gredos, 2007, etc.) spins a story about storytelling. Read full book review >

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JUAN QUEZADA by Shelley Dale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Libraries that have the first book on Quezada will want this one, too. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The second children's picture book within a year about the famed potter, Juan Quezada of the village of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, this one is very different from The Pot that Juan Built, by Nancy Andrews-Goebel, illustrated by David Diaz (2002). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"A useful biography, though overwritten and overlength; of particular interest to students of contemporary European politics."
An impressively thorough but tepid life of Spain's reigning Bourbon monarch, who helped foster democracy after the dark decades of the Franco junta. Read full book review >

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MISSING ANGEL JUAN by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"In her fourth book, Block's lyrical interplay of leitmotifs and artful allusions (statues, mannequins, drag queens; photos, mirrors, ghosts; pimps, wholesale butchers, vegetarians; and, of course, angels) continues to be uniquely fascinating and provocative. (Fiction. 12+)"
Still following the teenage experiences of Weetzie Bat (1989) and her friends, Block departs, for the first time, from the L.A. scene. Read full book review >

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THE JUAN DOE MURDERS by Noreen Ayres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Count on it: If she went mano à mano with Kay Scarpetta, Smokey (Carcass Trade, 1994, etc.) would win the bloody scalpel award."
When Nita Estevez paid her cousin a thousand bucks to smuggle her across the border into the States and find her work in the Garden Grove garment factory in a back area of Orange County, she was hoping for a better life. Read full book review >