Search Results: "Julio Gallo"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Whether or not you buy into this version of the Gallo story, it's a family saga with all the makings of a television miniseries: adversity, intrigue, tragedy, manipulation, greed, and a slick presentation. (60 b&w photos, not seen)"
Though the Gallos' wines might repulse you and their reputation give you the willies, their autobiography is worth a look, if only to get another side of the picture. Read full book review >

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ROOSTER/GALLO by Jorge Luján
by Jorge Luján, illustrated by Manuel Monroy, translated by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"The sharp, evocative language should stir children's imaginations as well as pleasing the adults who may be reading to them and who will almost certainly feel that Luján's poem for children is more delightful than many so-called 'adult' poems. (Picture book/poetry. 2-4)"
Luján's nine-line poem, ably rendered into English by Amado, is a hymn to the coming and going of the day. Read full book review >

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ROMIETTE AND JULIO by Sharon M. Draper
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Still, a straightforward, uncluttered narrative will hook readers into the well-paced plot and sympathetic characters; loose ends are tied more neatly than a package, prettying up the ending by putting a happily-ever-after spin on the lovers' fates. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A tale of forbidden love with intentional references to Shakespeare's play, perhaps especially to its West Side Story incarnation, with a similar focus on issues of race and gangs. Read full book review >

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ROOSTER JOE AND THE BULLY / EL GALLO JOE Y EL ABUSÓN by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"Well-meaning but a miss. (Fiction. 10-12)"
After observing the roosters in his artist grandpa's backyard, seventh-grader Joe López can't get enough of these indomitable avians. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2006

"Jara's illustrations are detailed, featuring slightly exaggerated faces and the desert flora and simple adobe dwellings of southern California several decades in the past. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Once again an animal plays a central role in Villaseñor's story, but this time the other characters are human. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARMED AND DANGEROUS by Gina Gallo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"An utterly credible picture of what a big-city cop's life is really like and of how being a cop affects thinking, beliefs, and behavior."
All the ugliness, danger, and misery of life as a big-city cop, told with perception, humor, and apparently without fear of reprisals by a 16-year veteran on the Chicago police force. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 1991

"A fascinating look at how science is done in the late-20th century, and much-needed straight talk about AIDS. (Photographs- not seen.)"
Virus hunting-as described here by Gallo, chief of the Tumor Cell Biology Lab at the National Institutes of Health-is no lonely ivory-tower occupation, but a rough-and-tumble mix of collegiality, collaboration, and competitiveness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Ortega's heavy-handed approach and obsession with satire overshadows these potentially powerful narratives."
In these two Peruvian allegories, Ortega tries to use caustic humor to convey a nation haunted by government repression, daily terrorism, and communism—but fails when every joke falls flat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"The old pep talk by another proficient motivational master, updated with references to Twitter, YouTube, and, of course, TED."
A self-help book from a communications coach and respected keynote speaker. Read full book review >

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TALK LIKE TED by Carmine Gallo
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2014

"Dramatic composition and vigorous presentation make this a powerful tool to improve mastery of speaking skills."
Communications coach Gallo (The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How To Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience, 2009, etc.) distills the public-speaking secrets of some of the world's top leaders and celebrities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON THE FRINGE by Donald R. Gallo
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Potent, disturbing, and heartrending. (Fiction. 12+)"
In the hopes of providing a "greater understanding and tolerance of others," editor Gallo has put together a collection of 11 stories by distinguished writers about kids on the outside, the ones referred to at school as "weirdos, geeks, nerds, freaks, faggots and worse." Read full book review >

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ULTIMATE SPORTS by Donald R. Gallo
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In this collection, everyone's a contender. (Short stories. 12+)"
A collection of 16 original short stories centered on the theme of sports, with contributions by some top writers for YAs: Chris Crutcher, Will Weaver, Virginia Euwer Wolff, Graham Salisbury, Harry and Norma Fox Mazer, Robert Lipsyte, Chris Lynch, etc. Gallo (Join In, 1993, etc.) explains in the introduction that he hoped for stories ``about believable teenagers involved in challenging activities that . . . show their emotional as well as their physical conflicts.'' He got what he asked for and there isn't a dud in the bunch. Read full book review >