Search Results: "Kristina Cordero"


BOOK REVIEW

THE COUNTRY UNDER MY SKIN by Gioconda Belli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2002

"A luminously written, always insightful account of one woman's encounter with personal and political liberation. (8 pp. photos, not seen)"
Nicaraguan poet, novelist (The Inhabited Woman, 1994), participant in, and witness to, the Nicaraguan revolution, Belli recalls with engaging candor the course of a life lived to the full. Read full book review >

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IN SEARCH OF KLINGSOR by Jorge Volpi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2002

"Dizzying and prescient."
A search for one of Hitler's masterminds frames a demanding dissertation on the role of science in the horrors of the 20th century: the US debut of an author of nine previous novels and currently the director of the Mexican Culture Institute in Paris: Read full book review >

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KIDNAPPED by Leszli Kalli
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"The occasional art is more engaging than the diary itself."
The situation—a hijacking—is dramatic, but this teenage diary is tedious. Read full book review >

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THIS I BELIEVE by Carlos Fuentes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Either way, This I Believe is full of pleasures. Whatever their setting, the most memorable of these pieces ably show why Fuentes has been so well regarded all these years."
An autumn-of-life exercise in taking stock by the renowned Mexican novelist and essayist (Inez, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE EAGLE’S THRONE by Carlos Fuentes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 16, 2006

"A nerve-grating cautionary tale, and one of his best books."
First published in Spanish in 2002, the veteran Mexican author's ebullient revival of the epistolary novel casts a frosty eye on future (and contemporary) geopolitics. Read full book review >

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HUGO CHÁVEZ by Cristina Marcano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Admirable search for the facts and insight that are often swamped in Chavez's turbulent wake."
Thorough, thoughtful biography of Venezuela's controversial leftist president. Read full book review >

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ELEPHANT IN THE BATHTUB by Kristina Andres
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Just like a good bath. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young elephant is taking a bath in one of those lovely, old, claw-footed tubs that sits on a checkered tile floor—got to be Europe. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Plenty of comic twists and crude details (nose picking, drool, cat sticking out its tongue) overflow the pages, making a droll romp out of many a young boy's fantasies. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his "faithful, fearless cat, Envelope," set off for a really BIG adventure. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGONFLY'S TALE by Kristina Rodanas
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"A fine addition to Native American folklore collections. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Rodanas (The Story of Wali Dad, 1988) retells an ancient Zuni tale, scrupulously noting her source as an 1884 transcription that she has ``simplified...[adding] some details of my own [in] the way of storytellers.'' The result is a blend of cautionary tale and why story: Celebrating an abundant harvest, the Ashiwi stage a mock battle—literally, a food fight- -that angers the Corn Maidens; they refuse their blessings, and famine follows. Read full book review >

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THE BLIND HUNTER by Kristina Rodanas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Library shelves are well-stocked with tales from West Africa; this one, equally suitable for contemplation or discussion, arises from a different, more southerly, tradition. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-9)"
Rodanas bases this story of a blind hunter who "sees" better than his sighted companion on a tale from Zimbabwe. Read full book review >

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DANCE OF THE SACRED CIRCLE by Kristina Rodanas
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"It's not easy to hit the right note of both substance and etherealness when myth-making, but Rodanas comes comfortably close. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
The buffalo herd diminishes, and a prairie tribe goes hungry. Read full book review >