Search Results: "Kristina Valenzuela"


BOOK REVIEW

AFTERGLOW by Presentacion Valenzuela
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2009

"Full of intrigue, adventure and romance, though herky-jerky and frustrating at times."
Valenzuela's unique coming-of-age story draws the romantic reader into a tale of abbey life, wealthy aristocrats, young love, untimely death and, ultimately, an unforgettable young girl's heart. Read full book review >

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SYMMETRIES by Luisa Valenzuela
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Very impressive work."
Symmetries ($14.99 paperback original; Sept.; 167 pp.; 1-85242-543-1): A 1993 collection of 19 imaginative stories by the Argentine writer (Bedside Manners, 1995; Open Door, 1988, etc. ) whose finest work picks up where her late countryman Julio Cort†zar left off. Read full book review >

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BEDSIDE MANNERS by Luisa Valenzuela
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A broad take on class struggle and revolution that breezes effortlessly between the bedsheets and the sheets of history."
A woman recently returned to find democracy restored in her Latin American homeland remains passively immobilized in bed at a remote country club, trying to ignore the surreal history and politics intruding into her room. 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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BLACK NOVEL [WITH ARGENTINES] by Luisa Valenzuela
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 1992

"Awfully smug, when it isn't being just plain awful."
Valenzuela (The Lizard's Tail, 1983; Open Door, 1988) posits two Argentinian novelists here, Agustin and Roberta, both living in New York for a spell. Read full book review >

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JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS by Kristina Springer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Readers looking for a serving of small-town life with a side of royal quirkiness would do well to look elsewhere. (Fiction. 12-15)"
When an unexpected visitor threatens to take away everything Jamie has ever wanted, she has to decide how far she is willing to go to make sure that what belongs to her stays hers. Read full book review >

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A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT by Kristina McBride
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 5, 2016

"Clever, taut storytelling helps to overcome bland characterization. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Hadley spends the night of her life facing two different but equally dangerous paths. Read full book review >

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THE WHOLE GOLDEN WORLD by Kristina Riggle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Riggle writes about female family dynamics with a sure hand but stumbles awkwardly around TJ and the other male characters."
A teacher stands trial for his sexual relationship with a precocious high school senior who resists believing she is the victim since she pursued their affair. Read full book review >

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UNWANTED by Kristina Ohlsson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Connoisseurs of serial mayhem will solve the mystery long before Alex and his team, but Ohlsson's knack for building surprises into the most routine scenes and people suggests that there'll be plenty of material for the promised series."
Ohlsson enters the crowded field of Swedish procedurals with the tale of a man bent on exacting a terrible revenge on errant mothers through their innocent children. Read full book review >

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MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS by Kristina Springer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"A subplot about a teacher's drinking feels extraneous, but it doesn't distract from this sweet story about truth and friendship. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Tori's never given much thought to boyfriends or climbing the popularity ladder until she spends the summer apart from her nouveau riche BFF, Sienna. Read full book review >