Search Results: "Juan de Recacoechea"


BOOK REVIEW

ANDEAN EXPRESS by Juan de Recacoechea
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2009

"De Recacoechea's sixth novel and the second translated into English (American Visa, 2007) entertainingly gathers wool for quite a while before the intense finale."
Strangers on a train engage in intrigue, adultery and perhaps the perfect murder. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN VISA by Juan de Recacoechea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"A serious novel made palatable by humor as dry as the Andean uplands in which it is set."
In this 1994 Bolivian bestseller, written as an antidote to what de Recacoechea considered an overdose of magical-realism in Latin literature, a schoolteacher with a taste for American crime fiction sees the underside of La Paz as he awaits a visa to enter the United States. Read full book review >

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THE JEWEL BOX BALLERINAS by Monique de Varennes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"A lovely story to share in which greed is mightily vanquished by joie de vivre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A very rich, very indulgent woman cares so much for her material possessions, purchased only in quantities of two, that she has no love left for humanity. Read full book review >

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THE TEMPEST by Juan Manuel de Prada
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 23, 2003

"In the tradition, as they say, of Eco and Pérez-Reverte, but hardly in their league."
An art historian's dangerous trip to Venice produces both enlightenment and disillusionment. Read full book review >

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PET SHOP REVOLUTION by Ana Juan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An unsettling outing, with none of the dreamy lyricism that illuminated the artist's earlier Night Eater (2004). (Picture book. 6-8)"
This tale of a harsh pet-store owner who turns over a new leaf would be uplifting were it not so frightening. 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 >

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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 >

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DUCK by Juan Wijngaard
illustrated by Juan Wijngaard
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1991

"Baby Animal Board Book'' series: Bear; Cat; Dog. (Picture book. 0-4)"
In a nicely inventive board book, a duckling has five experiences for the toddler to share and discuss: it nibbles a hole in a loaf of bread, swims in a wheelbarrow full of water, etc. The simple realistic illustrations are appealing and well drawn. Read full book review >

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KILLING THE MANDARIN by Juan Alonso
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"Swift and engaging right to the last."
Part political thriller, part treatise on the fragility of human interaction, this fine novel from the Argentinean-born Alonso (Althea, 1976, etc., not reviewed) offers a penetrating look into the struggle against oppression, both political and personal. Read full book review >

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MUZZLED by Juan Williams
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"In the end, about the last thing the civil-discourse cause needs, namely more self-interested preaching to the choir."
A plea to make the world safe for bad-mouthing Muslims against the big bad PC police of the Far Left. Read full book review >

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BEST WORST AMERICAN by Juan Martinez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An uneven but promising debut collection of short stories, some unique in their execution."
Twenty-four semiexistential short stories that have appeared in the likes of McSweeney's and Selected Shorts from Colombia-born writer Martinez. Read full book review >

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ENGAGING THE MUSLIM WORLD by Juan Cole
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"A well-reasoned, useful vision for Western-Muslim relations."
Want to neutralize terrorism? One step, suggests Cole (History/Univ. of Michigan; Napoleon's Egypt, 2007, etc.), is to stop using the term "Islamofascism." Read full book review >