Search Results: "Laura Esquivel"


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ESQUIVEL!  by Susan Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A lively introduction to a somewhat obscure and profoundly innovative musical figure. (author's note, illustrator's note, resources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Wood and Tonatiuh combine to tell the story of a musician and composer kids have likely never heard of. Read full book review >

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LAURA by Larry Watson
Released: June 1, 2000

"A finely wrought, if emotionally cool, tale of enduring passion."
The story of a man's long obsession with a beautiful woman poet, the latest from award-winning novelist Watson (White Crosses, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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LAURA by Hilary Norman
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"Shallow escapism for the romance-starved. (First serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild selection)"
A Cinderella story of a woman educated in the school of hard knocks, by pulp veteran Norman (Spellbound, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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PIERCED BY THE SUN by Laura Esquivel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2016

"A sympathetic protagonist and an engrossing exposition of social and political chaos in Mexico are smothered by generalized palaver about the oneness of the universe and the mythology of light."
A young and troubled policewoman in Mexico City's borough of Iztapalapa fights demons both internal and external in Esquivel's (Malinche, 2006, etc.) latest. Read full book review >

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THE LAW OF LOVE by Laura Esquivel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Next time out, though, she needs to try a little less hard to astonish. (First printing of 500,000; author tour)"
An exuberant, hectic, ultimately exhausting novel about (among other things) time travel, true love, and reincarnation, by the author of the hugely best-selling Like Water for Chocolate (1992). Read full book review >

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SWIFT AS DESIRE by Laura Esquivel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2001

"An imaginative, lyrical fictional memoir, it seems, of the author's own father. (Interesting note: Gabriel García Márquez's father was also a telegraph operator, although the short piece he did recently was much less moony than Esquivel's.)"
A tender and thoughtful, if at times rather stilted, tale of a Mexican telegraph operator, by the megaselling author best known for her debut novel, Like Water for Chocolate (1992). Read full book review >

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LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE by Laura Esquivel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Playful in its flirtation with magical realism and engaging in its folkloric earthiness but, nonetheless, light, romantic fare."
A first novel (``the number one bestseller in Mexico in 1990'')—liberally sprinkled with recipes and homemade remedies—from screenwriter Esquivel. Read full book review >

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FINDING LAURA by Kay Hooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Despite the adult sex and good surprise ending: a treacly adolescent affair, just a few steps beyond paper dolls and Barbie."
Hooper's latest paranormal romance (After Caroline, 1996, etc.) tackles reincarnation in a modern southern gothic mode, with lots of coupling in the gazebo. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 29, 1996

"A list of museums and newsletters is appended. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
The subtitle tells it all; the first and later readers of the Little House books wrote letters that Wilder answered and saved, along with their drawings, photographs, and poems, right up to the last years of her life. Read full book review >

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MALINCHE by Laura Esquivel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2006

"Despite its lyricism, this odd marriage of spirituality and psychology will be a slog for all but the most devoted New Agers."
In this brief novel, the author of 1992's Like Water For Chocolate attempts to repair the reputation of one of Mexican history's most reviled women, the Spanish conqueror Cortés's native interpreter, Malinalli. Read full book review >

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LAURA BLUNDY by Julie Myerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The labors of love take on new meaning here, but despite the hypnotic quality of the prose, too many shadows fall across the heart of Laura Blundy, concealing more than they reveal."
Starting with a grisly murder scene, Myerson's fourth novel (after Me and the Fat Man, 1999, etc.) probes murky waters in Victorian London, as a woman crippled and in love trades in her surgeon husband for a married laborer. Read full book review >